Preview Mode Links will not work in preview mode

Success is a Choice

Jun 9, 2020

Joanna Bernabei-McNamee is the head women's basketball coach at Boston College. In only her second season at BC, she was honored as the 2020 Atlantic Coast Conference's Coach of the Year. She led BC to an impressive 20-12 overall record and a fourth place finish in the conference with an 11-7 record. The 20 victories were the most in program history since the 2010-11 season. The team also set a new program record for the most ACC victories with 11. She has previously coached at Albany University, Pikeville College, and West Virginia Wesleyan. She also was an assistant on the 2006 Maryland Terrapins squad that won the national championship.

Click here to read her entire bio.

In today’s episode, we discuss:
  • "Secret sauce" to turning around a program
  • First steps after taking over a new job
  • Football tailgating tips
  • Balancing a high-level job and family life
  • ... and so much more!!!


Resources, Books, and Links 

Twitter: @CoachMcNamee

Boston College Website:

Articles of Interest . . .

Past "Success is a Choice" podcast episodes of interest . . .

Coach Mac in Action

This Episode is Sponsored By Audible

Today’s podcast is brought to you by audible – get a FREE audiobook download and 30-day free trial (new subscribers only) at Over 180,000 titles to choose from for your iPhone, Android, Kindle or mp3 player.  Our friends at audible are offering a free download of some of our past guests including Todd Gongwer, Kevin Harrington, Lolly Daskal, Bob Burg, Amy Morin, Michael Burt, Larry Winget, Jon Gordon, and Pat Williams). Take advantage of this great deal by visiting

Rate and Review

Please consider rating the podcast with 5 stars and leaving a quick review on iTunes.  Ratings and reviews are the lifeblood of a podcast. This helps tremendously in bringing the podcast to the attention of others.

Thanks again for listening and remember that “Success is a choice. What choice will you make today?”


Jamy Bechler is the author of The Leadership Playbook, host of the Success is a Choice Podcast, professional speaker, and trains organizations on creating championship cultures. Bechler spent 20 years as a college basketball coach and administrator. He has worked with businesses and teams, including the NBA. Follow him on twitter at @CoachBechler. To connect with him via email or find out about his services, please contact You can also subscribe to his insights on success and leadership by clicking here.