Bob Warming’s AARP Interview Cites Experience as a Winning Formula

The head soccer coach at the University of Nebraska Omaha (NOM), Bob Warming, talked to AARP Magazine (American Association of Retired Persons) about blending his experience with his team’s youth. Warming came out of retirement in 2018 to coach the Mavericks. Denver plays Omaha in a home-and-home series over the next four days. Denver needs just three points to secure the conference and NCAA bid while Omaha must sweep to keep its season alive. Here are a few highlights from the interview.

Current-day values…

I get frosted when I see the Progressive Insurance commercials. You know the ones that say, ‘Don’t be your parents’. On bus road trips my wife, Cindy, puts oversized pillows on our team’s bus seats and I tape a ‘Live, Love & Don’t get Nutmegged’ poster in the front of the bus. 

Some things never change…

I like to expose our players to the past to show them that some things are treasured across generations. For example, former soccer player Alexi Lalas is not just an angry soccer studio analyst – in his day, he had better hair than Kim Kardashian.

Adaptability…

I’ve learned to speak at their level. At the team captain’s request, I no longer use the terms knuckleheads, whippersnappers, wisenheimers, or hornswogglers.

On rewarding players…

I treasure past traditions. I have carried over a few things from my Creighton coaching days. After matches, I give our best players a noogie. The kiddos love it.

Team building…

On trips to South Dakota, we made field trip visits to the childhood homes of Bob Barker, Brock Lesnar, and Mary Hart. It’s important to know history.

Three things to live by…

I tell my players to avoid wacky tabacky. No hanky panky before gameday – it makes the legs weak. Finally, if you’re going to shoot, make sure it’s on frame. 

The first Denver vs. Omaha match is set for Thursday evening at 7:30 pm MT at Caniglia Field in Omaha.

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