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Basketball Coach Quotes By John Wooden

No matter how you total success in the coaching profession it all comes down to a single factor - talent. There may be a hundred great coaches of whom you have never heard in basketball, football, or any sport who will probably never receive the acclaim they deserve simply because they have not been blessed with the talent. Although not every coach can win consistently with talent, no coach can win without it. — John Wooden

Basketball Coach Quotes By Don Meyer

As a coach, you're just trying to figure out how to keep a team on edge. You've got to find that edge. — Don Meyer

Basketball Coach Quotes By George Halas

What makes a good coach? Complete dedication. — George Halas

Basketball Coach Quotes By Kevin Love

Coach Wooden, when he speaks, you listen. I've taken a lot of things from him and his little blue book because to him, it's not just about basketball, it's about life as well. — Kevin Love

Basketball Coach Quotes By Dick Bennett

I concluded some time ago that a major part of success of a team, or of an individual, has a great deal to do with the intangible qualities possessed. The real key is in how a person see himself (humility), how he feels about what he does (passion), how he works with others (unity), how he makes others better (servanthood), and how he deals with frustration and success, truly learning from each situations (thankfulness). I believe those concepts are the essence of a good player, team, coach, or individual in any capacity in life. — Dick Bennett

Basketball Coach Quotes By Mike Krzyzewski

I didn't miss any games, but Coach Knight came out and spent three days with my family in Chicago when my dad passed away. I came back and played and it was good therapy for me. Having a basketball family and a coach who understood and actually became like a father figure for that time was comforting to me, and I'm sure that will be comforting to Coleman. — Mike Krzyzewski

Basketball Coach Quotes By Shaquille O'Neal

Alvin's the coach. We must be the Clippers. And I must be Olowokandi. Nooooo! — Shaquille O'Neal

Basketball Coach Quotes By Kobe Bryant

I'm just right down the middle, man, ... It doesn't matter to me. I'd love him (Phil Jackson) as a coach. It doesn't matter to me. If they want him here, he'll be here. If he wants to come, he'll come, he'll coach and we'll go from there. — Kobe Bryant

Basketball Coach Quotes By Mike Krzyzewski

Confidence shared is better than confidence only in yourself. — Mike Krzyzewski

Basketball Coach Quotes By Adolph Rupp

If they don't let me coach, they might as well take me to the Lexington cemetery. — Adolph Rupp

Basketball Coach Quotes By Yao Ming

I think I am upsetting the coach. — Yao Ming

Basketball Coach Quotes By Kevin Johnson

I have no desire to coach basketball. — Kevin Johnson

Basketball Coach Quotes By Cynthia Hand

Oh, you know. I'm queen of the rumor mill. It seems like there's been a new rumor about me every week since I got here. Comes with being the new girl, I guess. Have you heard the one where I seduced the basketball coach? That's a personal favorite. — Cynthia Hand

Basketball Coach Quotes By Merlin Olsen

The basketball coach cut me within two days, so I was back in the pool. I was the first one in the wall after the first 25 yards, but the last one out because I didn't have a flip turn. — Merlin Olsen

Basketball Coach Quotes By Red Auerbach

When players are used to winning, they put out a little more. Basketball 3rd winningest coach (regular season and playoffs) in NBA history; won 1,037 times in 20 years; — Red Auerbach

Basketball Coach Quotes By Rick Majerus

You must have a passion to coach. — Rick Majerus

Basketball Coach Quotes By Bobby Knight

Son, my name isn't Knight to you, it's Coach Knight or it's Mr. Knight. I don't call people by their last name and neither should you. — Bobby Knight

Basketball Coach Quotes By Tim McGraw

I coach my daughter's softball and basketball team. We go to all the school functions. We go out to eat at night and take the kids to the movies. We try to be as normal as we can. — Tim McGraw

Basketball Coach Quotes By Larry Bird

I was always making decisions and they were easier decisions because I had control of the game, I had control of the ball. As a coach you sort of put the ball in other player's hands and let them make decisions for you. But I still get a kick out of winning basketball games and that's what I'm in this for. — Larry Bird

Basketball Coach Quotes By Hubie Brown

The greatest sin a coach can commit is to allow kids to slide by. This goes for the classroom as well as the court — Hubie Brown

Basketball Coach Quotes By Mike Krzyzewski

For a college basketball player or coach, to reach the Final Four is la-la land. You've achieved, you've got your stamp of approval. My first team to do that was in 1986. Then we did it in '88, '89 and '90. — Mike Krzyzewski

Basketball Coach Quotes By George Karl

Just because we play in the NBA or coach in the NBA doesn't mean we are not human. We are supermen. For me, getting shot is scary. — George Karl

Basketball Coach Quotes By Jack Ramsay

Players draw confidence from a poised, alert coach who anticipates changing in game conditions — Jack Ramsay

Basketball Coach Quotes By Thomas Perez

Involvement in my kids' sports teams is something I have made time for over the years. I've also been able to coach all three of them in baseball and basketball, something that has strengthened our bonds and given me indescribable joy. I wouldn't trade it for anything. — Thomas Perez

Basketball Coach Quotes By Don Meyer

The team is an extension of the coach. — Don Meyer

Basketball Coach Quotes By Jim Valvano

Other people go to the office. I get to coach. I know I've been blessed. — Jim Valvano

Basketball Coach Quotes By Woody Hayes

Picking an assistant coach, the first thing I was interested in was the man's character. — Woody Hayes

Basketball Coach Quotes By Alonzo Mourning

I have an incredible amount of basketball knowledge, and I think a lot of that is derived from having a Hall of Fame college basketball coach who was very knowledgeable of the game and I had a great high school coach who was also very knowledgeable. — Alonzo Mourning

Basketball Coach Quotes By Don Meyer

It doesn't matter where you coach, it matters why you coach. — Don Meyer

Basketball Coach Quotes By Becca Fitzpatrick

Coach McConaughy grabbed the whistle swinging from a chain around his neck and blew it. "Seats,
team!" Coach considered teaching tenthgrade
biology a side assignment to his job as varsity basketball
coach, and we all knew it.
"It may not have occurred to you kids that sex is more than a fifteenminute
trip to the backseat of a car.
It's science. And what is science?"
"Boring," some kid in the back of the room called out.
"The only class I'm failing," said another. — Becca Fitzpatrick

Basketball Coach Quotes By Kevin Garnett

So you're dealing with a coach, and you're dealing with a guy who's actually experienced NBA basketball from a player's perspective and actually goes about it that way. — Kevin Garnett

Basketball Coach Quotes By Bobby Knight

I've never felt my job was to win basketball games - rather, that the essence of my job as a coach was to do everything I could to give my players the background necessary to succeed in life. — Bobby Knight

Basketball Coach Quotes By Red Auerbach

The coach should be the absolute boss, but he still should maintain an open mind. — Red Auerbach

Basketball Coach Quotes By Colin Powell

So like any football or basketball coach, you always always believe you're going to win. — Colin Powell

Basketball Coach Quotes By Chuck Daly

Players have to buy into your system and be willing to accept the role, you, as the coach, have assigned to them — Chuck Daly

Basketball Coach Quotes By Allen Iverson

In 2001 we didn't have all the talent in the world, we just had me on offense and just a bunch of tough ass dudes, and a great coach in Larry Brown. — Allen Iverson

Basketball Coach Quotes By Jack Ramsay

Basketball, like all sports, is predicated on the execution of fundamentals. The coach is a teacher. His subject: fundamentals — Jack Ramsay

Basketball Coach Quotes By Romeo Miller

Anytime you're playing basketball, and you have a coach who you have to respect, you've got to be very disciplined. — Romeo Miller

Basketball Coach Quotes By Phil Jackson

I probably would have no capability of absorbing a 60-defeat season as a coach. It would be a foreign experience. My whole career, even as a player, has been on winning basketball clubs and it just seems to have been a part of the make-up of what's been given me. That's what I've been given and that's what I've had to deal with. Some people can make fun of it or some people can have a good time with it, or some people can resent it. It's just what it is. — Phil Jackson

Basketball Coach Quotes By Kevin Garnett

Flip's a player's coach, and I do know one thing, he motivates better than anybody I know. His system is very oriented around the point guard. He and Steph (Marbury) had a great relationship when Steph was in Minnesota. — Kevin Garnett

Basketball Coach Quotes By Thisuri Wanniarachchi

You know how when you step on court your coach is like "go go go!"? And all throughout you just keep telling yourself to hit harder and harder and keep at it? You know how much you treasure those five-minute timeouts? You know how good you feel at the end of a session? You know how you're glad you're tired? No pills, no shots, just plain energy. I want to work like that. Whether I have to write ten thousand words or send five hundred emails, brainstorm for hours at a time, I want to have that energy. To keep fighting. To know it's all worth it.
Oh, yeah. That's my perfect day. — Thisuri Wanniarachchi

Basketball Coach Quotes By Lynn G. Robbins

In his sophomore year Wilbanks tried out for the high school basketball team and made it. On the first day of practice his coach had him play one-on-one while the team observed. When he missed an easy shot, he became angry and stomped and whined. The coach walked over to him and said, "You pull a stunt like that again and you'll never play for my team." For the next three years he never lost control again. Years later, as he reflected back on this incident, he realized that the coach had taught him a life-changing principle that day: anger can be controlled. — Lynn G. Robbins

Basketball Coach Quotes By David Maraniss

The young Obama's lack of playing time on the high school basketball team was due more to his ability than the coach's preference for white players. — David Maraniss

Basketball Coach Quotes By Kyrie Irving

I'm not really a big X's and O's guy, but if you want to go there, I'm more of a space-the-floor type of coach: Five out, zero in, and that's the way we play basketball, screen and roll here and there, pocket passes everywhere; it's what it's about. — Kyrie Irving

Basketball Coach Quotes By Doug Flutie

Hey, I'm just looking for an excuse to retire so I can play summer league baseball, go coach my nephews, play pickup basketball. I've always had that ability to move on to the next thing. — Doug Flutie

Basketball Coach Quotes By John Wooden

A Coach must never forget that he is a leader and not merely a person with authority. — John Wooden

Basketball Coach Quotes By Don Meyer

You never realize the value of coaching until your children play for a coach — Don Meyer

Basketball Coach Quotes By Dean Smith

Any old coach will say the game was meant for finesse. It's a beautiful game, especially on television. — Dean Smith

Basketball Coach Quotes By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

When you're a coach you've got to go up the ladder, you've got to be ready to travel. That's the nature of coaching — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Basketball Coach Quotes By Red Auerbach

You don't win games as a coach during games. You win games as a coach before games. Players win during games, not coaches — Red Auerbach

Basketball Coach Quotes By Hannibal Buress

I could maybe coach kids' basketball. I know enough about basketball where I feel like I could coach 12-year-olds pretty effectively. — Hannibal Buress

Basketball Coach Quotes By George Raveling

When I went to Catholic high school in Philadelphia, we just had one coach for football and basketball. He took all of us who turned out and had us run through a forest. The ones who ran into the trees were on the football team. — George Raveling

Basketball Coach Quotes By Janet Pilcher

Coach John Wooden20, one of the best basketball coaches and teachers of all time. To be effective teachers, he tells us "we have not taught students, until they have learned." We shouldn't judge our effectiveness by how much we teach, what we teach, and how we teach. Rather, we make a positive judgment if we've approached students every day knowing that our success depends on how well students learn. — Janet Pilcher

Basketball Coach Quotes By Nick Offerman

I grew up in a small town in Illinois, and my dad was a basketball coach. Thanks to him, I have excellent fundamentals in both basketball and baseball. — Nick Offerman

Basketball Coach Quotes By Charles Mingus

In high school I was on the basketball team, but the coach did something I didn't dig and the next day he looked up and saw me practising with the football team. — Charles Mingus

Basketball Coach Quotes By LeBron James

I was supposed to take the ball out. I told coach there's no way I'm taking the ball out, unless I can shoot it over the backboard and it goes in. I told him, 'Have somebody else take the ball out, give me the ball, and everybody get out of the way.' — LeBron James

Basketball Coach Quotes By Megan Fox

Well let me tell you what [High School Musical] is really about. High School Musical is about this group of boys who are all being molested by the basketball coach, who is Zac Efron's dad. It's about them struggling to cope with this molestation. And they have these little girlfriends, who are their beards. Oh, and somehow there's music involved. You have to get stoned to watch it. — Megan Fox

Basketball Coach Quotes By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

I've had a desire to coach for years. This was something I felt I should do. — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Basketball Coach Quotes By George Vecsey

What is there about basketball that makes Larry Bird or Lenny Wilkens want to coach after their playing careers are done? — George Vecsey

Basketball Coach Quotes By Conan O'Brien

President Obama filled in as the coach of his daughter Sasha's basketball team. Sasha evidently listened to her Dad, because all she did was drive straight down the center and piss everyone off. — Conan O'Brien

Basketball Coach Quotes By Matthew Stafford

My dad was my coach in baseball and early on in basketball, so playing baseball was something we always did. — Matthew Stafford

Basketball Coach Quotes By Sharon Salzberg

Famed basketball coach Phil Jackson, a meditator himself, arranged to have his players - first the Chicago Bulls, and then the L.A. Lakers - learn meditation as a way to improve their focus and teamwork. Jackson finds that mindfulness assists players in paying attention to what's happening on the court moment by moment. Such precise training in attention has paid off during tense playoffs; Jackson has led more teams to championships than any coach in NBA history. Meditation — Sharon Salzberg

Basketball Coach Quotes By Karl Malone

What excites me the most is when a coach calls a timeout and chews out his forward because I just dunked on his head. — Karl Malone

Basketball Coach Quotes By Jabari Parker

I think in college they give you a chance to really mature, form yourself and build relationships. I think that's what a team is all about, and when you build relationships, it shows on the court and that brings out success. I love the whole attitude of staying in college to take advantage of a free education. I just felt like Kentucky wasn't a fit for me. The whole attitude and approach of the one-and-dones, that's good for them, that's their decision. But I think [Duke] Coach [Mike Krzyzewski] is a guru of basketball. I want to learn from one of the best. — Jabari Parker

Basketball Coach Quotes By Bill Russell

People say it was the greatest individual rivalry they've ever seen. I agree with that. Let me assure you that if either Wilt's or Russ' coach had ever told one of them he couldn't guard the other guy, he would have lost that player forever. — Bill Russell

Basketball Coach Quotes By John Calipari

Practice gotta be harder than the games and it never is unless you want it to be as a player. The coach can't drive that — John Calipari

Basketball Coach Quotes By Winfrey Sanderson

On his 916th game as coach at University of Alabama - I've been here so long that when I got here the Dead Sea wasn't even sick. — Winfrey Sanderson

Basketball Coach Quotes By Phil Jackson

I won't coach this team next year if he is still here. He won't listen to anyone. I've had it with this kid. — Phil Jackson

Basketball Coach Quotes By Brian Tracy

As Pat Riley, the basketball coach, said, Anytime you stop striving to get better, you're bound to get worse. — Brian Tracy

Basketball Coach Quotes By Jerry Krause

Coach now the way you want to coach 10 years from now. — Jerry Krause

Basketball Coach Quotes By Shane Battier

I don't complain about playing time. My job is to play so well the coach can't sit me. — Shane Battier

Basketball Coach Quotes By Yao Ming

My American strength coach said he liked me better before I could speak English. — Yao Ming

Basketball Coach Quotes By Shaquille O'Neal

Write this: Since my boy is the coach, I'm going to try out for the Dolphins next year. Tight end. — Shaquille O'Neal

Basketball Coach Quotes By Joss Stirling

They grabbed me and up I went. My shriek probably could've been heard in England. It certainly brought the basketball coach and the rest of the boys running in the belief that someone was being brutally murdered.
I don't think Mrs. Green will be picking me for the squad. — Joss Stirling

Basketball Coach Quotes By Avery Johnson

People really don't care, in some ways, that you have a family. With a high profile job like I have, they just want you to win basketball games. You can do that and still keep your family together. I try the best I can to be at the basketball practices or tennis practices or recitals. In my first year at Dallas my (then 11-year old) son Avery Jr., said, "You know daddy, you're still the best coach in the NBA." I was like, "But I haven't won a playoff game yet." And he said, "That's okay. You're still my daddy." That makes you feel good. — Avery Johnson

Basketball Coach Quotes By Kimberly Derting

The idea of going back to basketball drills made her stomach tighten, but she stood up on her tiptoes and leaned into Jay, whispering against his cheek. "I got your note last night. Would've been better if I'd have found you in my bed instead."
Jay groaned and grabbed her by the shoulders. There was the hint of accusation buried behind his breathy chuckle as he set her away from him. "You're playing with fire, Vi. You shouldn't tease me at school. Besides, I think if I hid in your room, your father - check that, your mother - would skin me alive."
Violet heard the coach shouting her name, and she knew she'd be getting a demerit for slacking off. But she didn't care.
She flashed him her most wolfish smile. "Next time, you should totally take that chance. It could've been fun," she promised before sauntering away. — Kimberly Derting

Basketball Coach Quotes By Lou Holtz

It always amazes me that spectators want to coach, coaches want to officiate, and officials just want to watch the game — Lou Holtz

Basketball Coach Quotes By John Wooden

I believe it's impossible to claim you have taught, when there are students who have not learned. With that commitment, from my first year as an English teacher until my last as UCLA basketball teacher/coach, I was determined to make the effort to become the best teacher I could possibly be, not for my sake, but for all those who were placed under my supervision. — John Wooden

Basketball Coach Quotes By Mychal Thompson

We told Stanley Roberts to go on a water diet, and Lake Superior disappeared. Pat Williams When Xavier McDaniel plays against Orlando Wooldridge, it's a coach's dream - X vs O. — Mychal Thompson

Basketball Coach Quotes By Grant Hill

My teammates at Duke - all of them, black and white - were a band of brothers who came together to play at the highest level for the best coach in basketball. — Grant Hill

Basketball Coach Quotes By Mike Krzyzewski

I don't look at myself as a basketball coach. I look at myself as a leader who happens to coach basketball. — Mike Krzyzewski

Basketball Coach Quotes By Michael Josephson

A good coach improves your game. A great coach improves your life. — Michael Josephson

Basketball Coach Quotes By Kathryn Stockett

How tall are you, Constantine?" I asked, unable to hide my tears.
Constantine narrowed her eyes at me.
"How tall is you?"
"Five-eleven," I cried. "I'm already taller than the boys' basketball coach."
"Well, I'm five-thirteen, so quit feeling sorry for yourself. — Kathryn Stockett

Basketball Coach Quotes By Billy Bob Thornton

I grew up in Arkansas and that's the law. My dad was a high school basketball coach, so I was raised as a coach's son and I was a baseball player back in Arkansas, and I lived in Texas, too, so I was just surrounded by sports. So that's what I was going to do: Pitch for the St Louis Cardinals. I had no idea I was going to be an actor. So I got my collar bone broken in the Kansas City Royals training camp. And once I got hurt I started doing other things for a while. — Billy Bob Thornton

Basketball Coach Quotes By Tony Dungy

I've always tried to coach people the way I would like to be coached; positively and encouragingly rather than with criticism and fear ... I've tried to be as fair as possible. — Tony Dungy

Basketball Coach Quotes By Norm Sloan

Practices should be for the players and not the coach. Practices should be fun for the players, positive in nature, and last no more than two hours. — Norm Sloan

Basketball Coach Quotes By Shaquille O'Neal

He looks like a woman coach sometimes. I guess he's just trying to get into certain people's heads, but it won't work with me. Like a woman who coaches and cries all the time. He can't get in my head. He's a crybaby. — Shaquille O'Neal

Basketball Coach Quotes By Mike McConathy

Building relationships is the key for being happy as a coach. Players must want to play for you. If they are comfortable with you, they will work hard for you. — Mike McConathy

Basketball Coach Quotes By Shaquille O'Neal

Pat Riley is the best coach I've ever had. — Shaquille O'Neal

Basketball Coach Quotes By Frank Deford

I was a much better writer than I was an athlete. My college coach told me flat out, he said, "Deford, you write basketball better than you play it." — Frank Deford

Basketball Coach Quotes By Pat Riley

In all the research you do as a coach, studying other coaches and championship-type situations, you find that all those teams combined talent with great defense. You've got to stop other teams to win. — Pat Riley

Basketball Coach Quotes By Bill Gates

Everyone needs a coach. It doesn't matter whether you're a basketball player, a tennis player, a gymnast or a bridge player. — Bill Gates

Basketball Coach Quotes By Don Adams

I am very excited to be the head women's basketball coach at Beloit College, ... This is a great opportunity for me. I am looking forward to putting my stamp on the program. I am confident that I can and will be successful here. — Don Adams

Basketball Coach Quotes By Adolph Rupp

If a Coach is determined to stay in the coaching profession, he will develop from year to year. This much is true, no coach has a monopoly on the knowledge of basketball. There are no secrets in the game. The only secrets, if there are any, are good teaching of sound fundamentals, intelligent handling of men, a sound system of play, and the ability to instill in the boys a desire to win. — Adolph Rupp

Basketball Coach Quotes By Bill Walton

I tried to teach them [his sons] that about the importance of self-discipline, and that the culture of yes is built on a foundation of no. — Bill Walton

Basketball Coach Quotes By Tony Dorsett

I was pretty hot-tempered all through school. I remember my high school basketball coach telling me: 'Boy, if you don't learn to control that temper, you're gonna kill somebody.' — Tony Dorsett

Basketball Coach Quotes By Oscar Robertson

You need a teaching coach who understands the game of basketball, not just some guy coming on the court talking about Xs and Os. — Oscar Robertson

Basketball Coach Quotes By Mike Thibault

The University of Houston has made an excellent choice by hiring Ron Hughey as its new women's basketball coach. Coach Hughey will bring an expertise and energy level to the program that will excite fans and put Houston Women's Basketball back on the map. Having watched him coach up close, I know his players will improve immensely and love learning from him. I look forward to following Houston Basketball in the years to come. — Mike Thibault

Basketball Coach Quotes By Steve Nash

You should always want your coach to be critical. It gives you an opportunity to learn and to overcome adversity — Steve Nash

Basketball Coach Quotes By Rick Pitino

I plan to coach at University of Louisville for as long as I can maintain the passion I have for the game of basketball. I don't want to coach anywhere else. I don't believe in anything else as much as I believe in this university and this state. I want to coach as long as they will have me. — Rick Pitino