We inspire athletes to lead their teams more effectively and help coaches to systematically
My name is Ben Smith and I am the founder of the Captains’ Coach. I just left active duty this
past July and moved over to the reserves as a Tactical Psyops Detachment Commander. I have
been working on this concept for over two years now and decided to go full time once I left
What does a typical day look like for you?
I wake up in the morning and exercise at the Ft,. Lee gym. I then spend about 30-45 minutes to
eat breakfast with my wife and play with my 8 month old son. After breakfast I start getting to
work on the computer or whiteboard creating content (videos, books, curriculum) or strategizing
for the company. Usually this takes up the first half of the day from 8-4pm and then I usually am
out coaching or mentoring for athletes, high schools, universities, sports teams, or
What inspired you to start your company?
I have been involved with sports my entire life; I have served as both player, captain, and coach
throughout the years. In my experience, the best teams that I have been on that have gone on
to win championships have had amazing team captains and coaches that were willing to hand
over some level of control to them. Recently, research has come out to show that the team
captain or internal player leadership, is the driving force behind the results of a team – more so
than the coach, tactics, or resources. The problem is that a majority of athletes do not know how
to lead their teams. They don’t understand the actionable steps to take to effectively lead their
teams to develop a competitive advantage. The team captaincy role and sports in general is the
perfect incubator for leadership development when utilized correctly. A few have tried to
address this problem but have not had luck in scaling their services. We are hoping to bring a
brand new approach to this niche in a way that’s scalable and impactful to change the very
nature of how we train and perform in sports.
What’s your favorite thing about Virginia?
I love how Virginia has it all. You have the mountains to the west, the beach to the east, plenty
of open space in the southern portion, and Washington D.C with all of its history right up the
road. You also get all 4 seasons here which is nice as well.