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The Talent Code Daniel Coyle Speaks at Fall Convocation

Student Spotlight

On September 7, author Daniel Coyle addressed the Adrian College community during the annual fall convocation. “We treat talent like it’s magic. But it isn’t magic. There’s a mechanism behind it.” So begins the theory of Daniel Coyle, best-selling author of “The Talent Code,” a deeper look at the neuroscience behind learning and talent. Coyle’s findings in his national best seller highlight the common pattern among nine of the

>>>Gabriel Schray<<< Adrian College student Gabriel Schray’s minidocumentary — titled “Adrian College Football: Behind the Jaws” — took second place among the mini-documentaries considered for the 2016 Michigan Student Broadcast Awards.

world’s greatest hotbeds for talent. This pattern, and the fundamental mechanisms through which the brain acquires skill, gives a new way to think about talent, as well as explains the ways in which we unlock our own ability and that of those around us. Daniel Coyle is a contributing editor at Outside magazine and a former senior editor. He has been nominated twice for the National Magazine Award and has been featured in The Best American Sports Writing. He has written for Sports Illustrated, The New York Times Magazine, and Play. Coyle has appeared as a guest on Good Morning America, ABC World News Tonight, Nightline, ESPN, CNN, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, Talk of the Nation, and numerous other national programs.

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters recognized this achievement at this year’s Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference & EXPO (GLBC). “Winning the 2016 Michigan Student Broadcast Awards is a big honor,” Schray commented. “It definitely changes how others view my work.” Schray both edited and directed the film, which focuses on the 2015 Adrian College football pre-season. It clocks in at a concise 22 minutes and 34 seconds on YouTube — but, according to Schray, it required “over 100 hours to create.” Sports are Schray’s passion. This fact inspired not only the topic of his winning documentary, but also his frequent coverage of Bulldog athletics. He often lends his talent to Adrian College TV, Adrian College Radio, and the Adrian College Media Group. Outside of school, VIDEO SPOTLIGHT Schray works for 103.9 WLEN as a broadcast Gabriel SCHRAY specialist. He is also employed by JTV as an on-air personality.

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