27 Fantastic Quotes From 7 Interesting Coaches

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27 Fantastic Quotes From 7 Interesting Coaches

Have you ever had the chance to work under the leadership of an interesting coach?  Here are 27 fantastic quotes from some great coaches.

John Wooden’s Fantastic Quotes

Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.” – John Wooden
“It’s what you learn, after you know it all, that counts”  – John Wooden
“Nothing will work unless you do” – John Wooden
“Make sure that team members know they are working with you, not for you.– John Wooden
“Things turn out best for those who make the best of the way things turn out” – John Wooden
“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation.  Because your character is what you really are, While your reputation is merely what others think you are– John Wooden
“When people ask me now if I miss coaching UCLA basketball games, the national championships, the attention, the trophies, and everything that goes with them, I tell them this: I miss the practices.– John Wooden
“The general feeling is, if you don’t treat everyone the same you’re showing partiality. To me, that’s when you show the most partiality, when you treat everyone the same. You must give each individual the treatment that you feel he earns and deserves, recognizing at all times that you’re imperfect and you’re going to be incorrect oftentimes in your judgment.– John Wooden

Lou Holtz’s Fantastic Quotes

“I’d say handling people is the most important thing you can do as a coach. I’ve found every time I’ve gotten into trouble with a player, it’s because I wasn’t talking to him enough.” – Lou Holtz
“Don’t ever ask a player to do something he doesn’t have the ability to do. He’ll just question your ability as a coach, not his as an athlete.
– Lou Holtz

Vince Lombardi Quotes

“Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all-time thing.  You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time.  Winning is habit.  Unfortunately, so is losing” – Vince Lombardi

“Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing. If you can shrug off a loss, you can never be a winner!”
– Vince Lombardi

“The only place that success comes before work is in the dictionary.” – Vince Lombardi

“Let me tell you what winning means….  you’re willing to go longer, work harder, give more than anyone else.” – Vince Lombardi

Bill Walsh’s Fantastic Quotes

“The [best] coaches… know that the job is to win… know that they must be decisive, that they must phase people through their organizations, and at the same time they are sensitive to the feelings, loyalties, and emotions that people have toward one another.  If you don’t have these feelings, I do not know how you can lead anyone.  I have spent many sleepless nights trying to figure out how I was going to phase out certain players for whom I had strong feelings, but that was my job.  I wasn’t hired to do anything but win.” – Bill Walsh

“There is another side [to ego] that can wreck a team or an organization.  That is being distracted by your own importance.  It can come from your insecurity in working with others.  It can be the need to draw attention to yourself in the public arena.  It can be a feeling that others are a threat to your own territory.  These are all negative manifestations of ego, and if you are not alert to them, you get diverted and your work becomes diffused.   Ego in these cases makes people insensitive to how they work with others and it ends up interfering with the real goal of any group efforts.” – Bill Walsh

“The absolute bottom line in coaching is organization and preparing for practice.”– Bill Walsh

 “As the leader, part of the job is to be visible and willing to communicate with everyone”
– Bill Walsh

“People thrive on positive reinforcement. They can take only a certain amount of criticism and you may lose them altogether if you criticize them in a personal way… you can make a point without being personal. Don’t insult or belittle your people. Instead of getting more out of them you will get less”
– Bill Walsh

“Innovation involves anticipation. It is having a broad base of knowledge on your subject and an ability to see where the end game is headed. Use all your knowledge to get their first. Set the trend and make the competition counter you” – Bill Walsh

Phil Jackson’s Fantastic Quotes

“I think the most important thing about coaching is that you have to have a sense of confidence about what you’re doing.  You have to be a salesman and you have to get your players, particularly your leaders, to believe in what you’re trying to accomplish on the basketball floor.”  – Phil Jackson

“Good teams become great ones when the members trust each other enough to surrender the ‘me’ for the ‘we’” – Phil Jackson

Bobby Knight Quotes

“A coach should never be afraid to ask questions of anyone he could learn from.”– Bobby Knight

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” Bobby Knight

Bear Bryant Quotes

“Never quit.  It is the easiest cop-out in the world.  Set a goal and don’t quit until you attain it.  When you do attain it, set another goal, and don’t quit until you reach it.  Never quit.– Bear Bryant

“When I was a young coach I used to say, “Treat everybody alike.” That’s bull.  Treat everybody fairly.” – Bear Bryant

“I have learned over the years how to hold a team together. How to lift some men up, how to calm others down, until finally they’ve got one heartbeat, together, a team.” – Bear Bryant

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