Episode 8

Published on:

13th May 2024

Winning with Jack Marucci: The Impact of Character on Long-Term Success

On this week's episode of the Building Championship Mindsets podcast, Dr. Amber Selking speaks with Jack Marucci, Director of Performance Innovation, at LSU. Serving initially as the Director of Athletic Training for 25 years at LSU, Jack has had the unique opportunity to contribute to the physical and developmental well-being of countless athletes.

Dr. Selking and Jack discuss the unmeasurable yet invaluable aspect of character in top-tier athletes and how it correlates with consistent on-field success. Jack highlights the significance of intangible qualities like discipline, coachability, and respect in individuals. He also talks about the power of resilience through adversity and why character is key.

 About Building Championship Mindsets

Welcome to “Building Championship Mindsets. | the Podcast!” From the LockerRoom to the BoardRoom, our purpose is to help individuals, teams, and organizations understand and leverage the power of Mindset and Leadership to drive results and achieve sustainable performance excellence. 

As a leader in the field of sports and performance psychology, Dr. Amber Selking has been fiercely devoted to optimizing human performance in people and systems throughout her entire career.

Dr. Selking is the founder of Selking Performance Group, a leading performance consulting practice that helps individuals, companies, and sports teams achieve sustainable results. She has served as the Mental Performance Coach for professional & collegiate sport programs across the country including the Denver Broncos, LSU Football, and Notre Dame Football during the winningest five years in program history! She is also the Vice President of Leadership & Culture Development for Lippert, a global, publicly traded manufacturing company whose corporate vision is to change the model of work, demonstrating that business can and should Be a Force for Good in our World. She has also served as an adjunct professor in the Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame. Dr. Selking holds a Ph.D. in Educational and Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri, a master’s degree in Sport and Performance Psychology from the University of Denver, and an undergraduate degree in Management Consulting from the University of Notre Dame. At ND, Amber played soccer for the Fighting Irish before an injury ended her career, after which she founded Notre Dame Christian Athletes (NDCA) in the ND Athletic Department. She currently resides in South Bend, Indiana, with her husband, Aaron, daughter Elleeanna Belle, and their Doberman Pinscher, Rockne.


  • "The guys that are the most productive are the ones that have character. They can humble themselves to be coached.” -Jack Marucci

  • “Go do something for somebody. You're not doing it because you want something to come back. The people that do the right things, people are willing to help you, too.” -Jack Marucci

Championship Mindset Training 

Sometimes we put the future too far ahead and we get anxious. Focus on the moment you are in. Enjoy the experience of each day. Think about others. Look around you and find ways to do good. 


(01:26) Character Traits of High Performers

(07:38) Building High-Performance Teams Through Relationships

(10:30) Transformative Training and Technology Elevate an Athlete's Potential

(15:02) Championship Mindest Training

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Building Championship Mindsets
Building Championship Mindsets the Podcast is hosted by Dr. Amber Selking, and features guests from the athletic and corporate worlds who share how they leverage the mental game to drive performance excellence. In each episode, Dr. Amber shares insights on how the brain works and coaches listeners to continue Building their Championship Mindset. Coach Lou Holtz, a friend, mentor, and colleague of Amber’s, not only proudly endorses “Building Championship Mindsets. | the Podcast” but also serves as a featured guest in upcoming seasons. Featured guests will share their experiences, applications, and performance impact of Building Championship Mindsets, and the importance of training the mind for sustainable success.