"Terry Pettit speaks from a deep heart. He has a way of inspiring performance by having readers confront and old truth in a new and enlightening manner. Wisdom, inspiration, challenge . . . that is how my life is changed each time I read his work. He is the best."
Dr. David Cook, author of Golf’s Sacred Journey


“Terry Pettit has proven he can teach others to develop into consistent winners. He possesses tremendous insight into the areas of team building, leadership and peak performance. I highly reccomend Terry’s programs for anyone who is looking to gain a mental edge.”
Jeff Janssen, author of “Championship Team Building” and “The Seven Secrets of Successful Coaches.”


NCAA Championship Coach
Mentor to Extraordinary Coaches and Leaders


Terry Pettit brings a unique perspective to championship coaching, team building, and leadership training.

As the Director of Leadership Academies at the University of Denver and Colorado State University, Terry served as a mentor coach to over one hundred coaches, team captains and emerging leaders. He also presents and conducts workshops on leadership and team building for some of the most progressive athletic departments, and corporations in the country. He prepared himself well.

For twenty-three years Terry was the head coach of one of the most successful athletic teams in NCAA history. Under Terry’s leadership the University of Nebraska’s women’s volleyball team won twenty-one Big 8 and Big 12 conference championships while leading the nation in both All American and Academic All American selections.

He directed the Nebraska volleyball team to forty-three NCAA tournament victories and the school’s first National Championship in women’s volleyball 1995. Terry earned National Coach of the Year honors in 1986, 1994 and 1996 before becoming a mentor coach to the University of Nebraska Athletic Department in 2000. In 2003 he began his current passion, Terry Pettit Coaching Enhancement.

What makes Terry Pettit’s coaching and mentoring success even more unique is his ability to communicate a philosophy of leadership and team building that reflects his experience as a poet, journalist and championship coach. It is not often that a presenter on leadership is as comfortable drawing examples from modern poetry, architecture and contemporary films as he is from a game plan to beat Oklahoma.

Whether he is conducting a workshop on leadership and team building or making a keynote presentation on the characteristics of great coaching and team building, Terry Pettit will motivate you to rethink the patterns that lead to success.


Fort Collins, CO


Talent and The Secret Life of Teams
A collection of writings on coaching, leadership, and team-building by one of the most successful coaches in NCAA history.








The following presentations and consultations are just some of the areas that Terry can present to your management team or organization.

He can also develop a presentation that is designed specifically to address the challenges of your team.

Patterns In Extraordinary Leadership, Team Building and Coaching
In his role as mentor coach to athletic directors and coaches throughout the country, Terry has identified the patterns that separate exceptional coaching and leadership. He presents these characteristics with illustrations from the competitive arena that have great application for both sport and business.

Team Building and the Movies
Scenes from “Patton,” “Dead Poet’s Society,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Mr. Holland’s Opus” and “Hoosiers” are used to illustrate the different paths that are available to a leader in moving a group toward becoming an effective team.

Talent and The Secret Life of Teams
Terry leads an interactive presentation on the concepts of collaborative leadership, creative problem solving, and leading with both sides of the brain, that are the major themes in his recently released, “Talent and the Secret Life of Teams.”