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Top 10 Inspirational Coach Quotes
Inspirational Coach Quote #1
Leadership, like coaching, is fighting for the hearts and souls of men and getting them to believe in you.
Inspirational Coach Quote #2
Make sure that team members know they are working with you, not for you.
Inspirational Coach Quote #3
The secret to winning is constant, consistent management.
Inspirational Coach Quote #4
Over coaching is the worst thing you can do to a player.
Inspirational Coach Quote #5
Coaching is a profession of love. You can’t coach people unless you love them.
Inspirational Coach Quote #6
A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.
Inspirational Coach Quote #7
In a crisis, don’t hide behind anything or anybody. They are going to find you anyway.
Inspirational Coach Quote #8
You can motivate by fear, and you can motivate by reward. But both those methods are only temporary. The only lasting thing is self motivation.
Inspirational Coach Quote #9
Either love your players or get out of coaching.
Inspirational Coach Quote #10
Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period.
I hope you’ve enjoyed these Inspiring Coaching Quotations.
Tags: head football coach, high school football, sports, winning football team
“Oh the smell of fresh cut grass, well I guess now the smell of turf. Football is here, and as coach I can’t wait for the season to get under way.” Here is my take on High School Football, and coaches.
There is much more value to be gained from playing high school football than winning championships. Winning is the measurement of accomplishing goals; however, the value of playing football goes far beyond gridiron success. There are valuable lessons that players can learn in the process of a season. While winning has its importance in the competitive realm of high school football, the life lessons that can be learned from playing this game are of more value than titles, championships, and trophies.
Some would argue that winning a championship is the measure of a successful program, and success is predicated by superior athleticism, talent, and financial support. Let’s face it, people want to associate themselves with winning, and high school football isn’t any different. The identities of entire communities live or die with the success of local football programs. It is much easier to fundraise in a community with a winning football team because those programs can show tangible accomplishments. Establishing a winning program feeds on its success continuing the trend of winning; however, is winning the most important aspect of high school football?
The essence of team sport is very well represented in the game of football. A team is a collection of individuals striving towards a common goal. In life, there is a great deal of importance placed on being triumphant. In the arena of athletic competition, it takes mentorship from dedicated coaches to direct a team forward; however, one should not lose sight of the real value of playing this sport. Dave Humphers, head football coach at Nevada Union High School, located in Northern California, he indicates: “As coaches our job is to teach these young athletes how to become responsible young men… let’s face it, most of our players aren’t going to play beyond this level so what we are really teaching them has more to do with life than football.”
Most teams in high school don’t end their season with championships. So why strive for such mighty goals? Goal setting (winning championships) gives an importance to playing a game that for its own sake has no intrinsic value. Setting goals challenging the individual is paramount to exposing the valuable lessons that can be learned. This is the real benefit of playing this sport, because it empowers people to create a value from within. Competing is an evolving process that produces improvement, and without it a team could not measure its progress; however, the value of competing is not always in winning. Risking failure is a necessary component for growth to occur. It is through the experience of losing that one can be exposed to the more subtle lessons in life. Bill Walsh, former head coach of the World Champion San Francisco 49ers, writes about what can be gained from defeat in his book: Finding the winning edge. “You must have a level of self-assurance that has been molded by defeat, has overcome obstacles…and has engendered a sober, steel-like toughness… that will take on anything, yet survive and win” (24). In my experience the teams that I have had the most success with had extreme challenges. Through those experiences an individual learns how to succeed.
Players can learn a lifetime of lessons in a single season, and as a coach I feel obligated to seek out these opportunities. Walsh writes: “These beliefs – values such as respect, loyalty, responsibility, self-discipline and cooperation – should be an integral part of your philosophy” (35). In my years as a coach and a player I have experienced the success of winning championships, but the most satisfying experience comes in the opportunities to mentor. The real value of this sport is played out in the hardships, trials, and tribulations that one faces throughout the season. It is how one can guide a player through these challenges that is satisfying and brings value to this game. Walsh asserts the ability to teach is one of the utmost qualities a coach should possess and writes: “Teach and reinforce to you players the attitudes and values you believe are important in football and in life” (35). Qualities such as a good work ethic, learning how to set and achieve goals, and understanding the importance of working together selflessly towards a common goal are all important ingredients that bring value to ones life. The importance of trust is something that is continually tested, and the value of keeping your word even when it seems impossible is something that will bring a lifetime of success. As a coach, I encourage my players to respect and care for each other, and the friendships that are established are for life.
Football fosters the process of learning important and necessary lessons for living a successful and fulfilling life. Coaching provides one with an opportunity to contribute to society. I’m not naïve and I know the value of winning, but I have also learned that winning isn’t everything, and it is not the only thing. It is how much one can give of oneself that really makes football a special game for both coaches and players.
Football is like life — it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.
Tags: health, leadership, mental-health, sports, training
Thriving under pressure
The way your athletes deal with pressure is the key to using pressure situations positively. Learning to respond well in a pressure situation will be an invaluable tool for your athletes.
Pressure is an illusion!
The most important concept in dealing with pressure is to start with the realization that there is no such thing as competition pressure, except what you make of it in your mind. Pressure isn’t something that happens to us – it is something that is manufactured by our own thinking. Aside from the physical pressure exerted on one opponent by another on the field, pressure in the competitive context isn’t real – it doesn’t exist. It doesn’t have a form, a color, a smell. Pressure is simply how we perceive the situation we are in. Athletes need to learn this, because once they understand that pressure is something they create, then they also understand that pressure is therefore something they can control. By controlling their responses to pressure situations, athletes learn to take them in their stride.
Controlling responses to pressure: tips for athletes
- Pressure only exists if you are concerned about the outcome. Playing a scratch match and playing in the national finals are exactly the same thing! It’s still the same ball, the same strategies, the same rules – nothing has changed in terms of how you play the game. So approach pressure situations as though they are practice matches. Train your mind to stay in the present and let the outcome take care of itself.
- Learn to practice at the same level you compete at. Your best possibly match play can only ever be as good as your best possible training performance. People labor under the illusion that all those little successful moments in training will somehow combine together on match day to bring about higher levels of performance. This just isn’t true, so learn to train as you mean to play.
- You must practice pressure situations in training, so they become normal and easy to handle.
- Ensure you have good preparation leading up to competition.
- Pressure situations require enhanced communication – practice this in training.
- Never, ever give in – maintain commitment and desire in the face of adversity.
- Learn to focus on the right thing at the right time, regardless of what is going on around you.
- Often athletes (and coaches) rush things when they are under pressure. This detracts from performance, communication, vision, and enjoyment. Slow down. Even though you may feel under time constraints, it’s better to slow down and get it right than to rush it and make an error.
- Some people will benefit from engaging in some relaxation exercises prior to competing, to help them to feel calm and focused.
- Practice mindfulness (no negative thoughts… I mean, think positively!).
- Share how you feel with others – talking about how you feel can help you to deal with it. However be mindful of who you choose to talk to, you don’t want to put ideas of pressure into your teammates’ heads!
- Strive for excellence, not perfection. It is okay to make mistakes under pressure, just as it is alright to make mistakes in training – so long as you recover well and learn from them.
- Focus on technique or strategy. Pay attention to the things you have practiced – they are familiar so they won’t feel pressured.
- Have good error recovery strategies – people tend to make more errors when they perceive they are under pressure, so you need to have a good strategy to deal with them without them affecting your confidence.
- Remember, it’s not about your feelings, it’s about your actions. Take the focus off how you feel, by putting your focus onto what you will do. Your actions affect your emotions so go through the right actions (pretend if you must) and you will feel better.
- Identify the actions/skills that suffer most when you are in a pressure situation. Put extra time into practicing those skills so that you feel confident in them in any circumstance. The appropriate action must be practiced to the level of a conditioned response (it must be automatic).
- Increased fitness helps you deal with pressure. Also make sure you train sometimes when you’re fatigued.
- Maintain your belief in yourself, no matter what the situation.
Tags: game day, leadership, Motivating your team, performance quality, quality performance, soccer, sports, trusting relationships
5 Keys to Motivating Your Athletes
Below are five important considerations as you go about developing a plan for motivating your athletes, your team, and your support staff.
- Get input from your athletes (and most importantly your leaders)- check with your athletes to determine if what you are communicating to them is understood, what they need, and what they want. Encourage your leaders to make suggestions as to how things (e.g., practices, travel, game day preparations, etc.) might be improved. Remember, if you are asking for input… at least be willing to incorporate something (a suggestion) at some point.
- Keep your athletes informed as to when, where, how, and why (and WHY is most important)- people are not generally motivated to start (or finish) a task that is not clear in terms of when, where, how, or why. Take away any questions or doubts that your athletes may have by clearly and consistently communicating your expectations and intentions. Be clear as to when, where, and how . . . but most important, be sure your athletes know “why” they are being asked to do something.
- Create an environment that allows for challenge, recognition, appreciation, and quality – some of your athletes will be motivated by a challenge, some by recognition, some by appreciation, and some by qualityof performance. It is important to know your athletes and what their primary motive might be. Challenge some (1 v 1 against a teammate), recognize others in front of their teammates (at the end of practice or in the locker room), appreciate others in private (in your office or the hallway), and provide others with a chance to show you a quality performance (quality over quantity of work). Remember, different athletes are motivated by different situations and feedback.
- Give your athletes a reason to want to work hard- take the time to develop genuine, honest, caring, and trusting relationships with your players. Athletes will work harder (and longer) for someone they know genuinely believes in them, cares about them, and is committed to helping them achieve their potential. At the heart of player motivation . . . is the quality of the coach-athlete relationship.
- Model what you want to see – be motivated yourself. If you want someone to work hard, you better be working hard. If you want someone to put in extra time, you better be putting in extra time. Athletes do what they see. This is why the motivation of the coaching staff is so important and why it is so important to have quality team leaders who can lead by example, hold accountable, and promote a climate of motivation and inspiration. Set a motivational “standard” by what you do, say, and expect. Say it, expect it, but also make sure you do it!
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” ~ John Quincy Adams
Tags: inpirational quotes, London Olympics, mary lou retton, olympics, phelps swimmer, pierre de coubertin, retton mary lou, sports, tennis
olympic athlete quotes, what it takes to be there!
After watching such an amazing week of Olympic events, I had to look up some Quotes that got them to where they are now.
Believe It Can Be Done
“Nothing is impossible. With so many people saying it couldn’t be done, all it takes is an imagination.”
—Michael Phelps, Swimmer
Pierre de Coubertin (founder of modern Olympic Games)
Tags: Bay Area, cal golden bears, california, London Olympics, natalie coughlin, olympic medalist, soccer, sports, Team USA, tennis
Nineteen of those athletes will be in the water, such as Olympian swimmer Natalie Coughlin, and water polo Olympic medalist Heather Petri. Other sports the Bears will represent include basketball, rowing, soccer and track and field.
From the Peninsula, 27 Stanford students and alumni are in London this summer taking on competitors in sports ranging from gymnastics, synchronized swimming, diving, rowing and more.
Walnut Creek synchronized swimmer Mariya Koroleva, a Stanford communication major, will compete this year with her partner Mary Killman in a duet, despite the larger national team’s miss at attending the 2012 Olympics.
Stanford undergrad Kristina Vaculik will be chalking her hands during the gymnastics events, but will be at the Games with Canada.
Another Cardinal with Bay Area roots in Santa Rosa is Silas Stafford, competing in men’s pair rowing.
The lesser-known sport of fencing will push a San Francisco teen into the spotlight at his first Olympic appearance.
Alexander Massialas, 18-year-old son of three-time Olympian Greg Massialas who coaches at Halberstadt Fencers’ Club in San Francisco’s Mission District, will compete for Team USA in the foil event.
The young Massialas will be an incoming freshman at Stanford University in the fall.
The West Coast Conference, which represents athletic teams Santa Clara University and Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, proudly listed five connections to the Olympic Games, including several men on the U.S. basketball team; a women’s rowing coach and a men’s volley team manager from Saint Mary’s.
Santa Clara University alumna Brandi Chastain from US Women’s soccer fame will serve as a women’s soccer commentator at the games.
Rowing: Zach Vlahos and the U.S. men’s eight crew powered their way past Australia and Poland into the final Saturday in Windsor, England. The Americans won their heat on the first day of the rowing regatta, joining favorite Germany in Wednesday’s final.
Vlahos, a Piedmont native and Cal grad, is coxswain for the U.S. team that also features oarsmen Jake Cornelius and David Banks, both Stanford grads.
Table tennis: Bay Area teenager Ariel Hsing won her debut singles match. Hsing, a senior-to-be at San Jose’s Valley Christian High, defeated Yadira Silva of Mexico 11-9, 11-8, 11-3 and 11-5.
Palo Alto teenager Lily Zhang lost 11-6, 11-8, 11-7 and 11-5 to Cornelia Molnar of Croatia in the first round of the knockout format.
Women’s soccer: Former FC Gold Pride star Christine Sinclair scored two second-half goals to help Canada beat South Africa 3-0.
Tennis: Twins Bob and Mike Bryan, the enduring doubles team from Stanford, held off the Brazilian duo of Thomaz Bellucci and Andre Sa 7-6, 6-7, 6-3 in their first-round match.
Women’s volleyball: Former Stanford star Logan Tom had nine points, including eight spikes, and the United States held off late-charging South Korea 3-1 in their opening match in London. Destinee Hooker had 21 points in the Americans’ 25-19, 25-17, 20-25, 25-21 victory. Tom is appearing in her fourth Olympic games.
The sterner the discipline, the greater the devotion.
– Pete Carill
Tags: baby steps, great friends, health, kickbutt, life baby, mental-health
Each day make your life a little (or a lot) more awesome. Add in small positive rewards and connections everywhere you can. And eliminate the toxic, negative, and harmful influences and circumstances from your life. Baby steps to a better life, every day.
Make a Gratitude List each day:
Start simple and in the morning write down what you are grateful for, Example – 1) I’m here awake and healthy, 2) I can smile at the little things in life, 3) I can make this a great day.
At night write two or three more that stood out during the day, This will even put some of your stress behind you. Example 1) I got all my work done today, 2) I got a workout in, 3) I have great friends that make me laugh
THESE ARE EASY WAYS TO FEEL BETTER EACH DAY
Today’s Kickbutt Mindset Tip: Reactive people try to “find time” for important things. Proactive people MAKE time for important things. Big difference. And that’s why Reactive people struggle while Proactive people succeed. Choose how to use your time wisely on the right things. Be PRO-active, not RE-active.
What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha
Tags: basketball, bronze olympic medals, coaching philosophies, gold medal winners, Inspiration, motivational sport quotes, nba michael jordan, olympics, sports, tennis
Bring home the gold: Follow the winning advice curated from the country’s top Olympic coaches to cross your own personal finish line.
1. “Victory is in having done your best. If you’ve done your best, you’ve won.“ -Bill Bowerman
The team: U.S.A. track and field, 1972. Bowerman, a former University of Oregon coach and co-founder of Nike, is widely credited with turning the town of Eugene into the running capital of the world (Olympic trials for track and field are currently held there).
2. “The key is not the will to win. Everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important.” -Bobby Knight
The team: U.S.A. men’s basketball, 1984 gold medal; a pre-NBA Michael Jordan was a key player on the team. Knight was also coach of the Indiana Hoosiers from 1971 to 2000.
3. “A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning.“ -Billie Jean King
The team: U.S.A. women’s tennis, gold medal winners in both 1996 and 2000. King was an award-winning tennis player herself, with 39 Grand Slam titles.
4. “You were born to be a player. You were meant to be here. This moment is yours.” -Herb Brooks
The team: U.S.A. men’s ice hockey, 1980. Coached the team to a gold medal over the Soviet Union, who had won nearly every world championship and Olympic tournament since 1954, which made headlines as a “miracle on ice.”
5. “I don’t plan on being disappointed. We plan on being really good, and obviously we plan on winning.” -Gregg Troy
The team: Head coach U.S.A. men’s swimming. Assisted U.S.A. women’s swimming, 1996, and U.S.A. men’s swimming, 2008. Troy has coached 68 Olympians, most notably Ryan Lochte, who has won six medals.
6. “What keeps me going is not winning, but the quest for reaching potential in myself as a coach and my kids as divers. It’s the pursuit of excellence.”- Ron O’Brien
The team: U.S.A. diving, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, and 1988. While coaching, O’Brien’s athletes collected 12 gold, three silver, and four bronze Olympic medals.
7. “I think sports gave me the first place where this awkward girl could feel comfortable in my own skin. I think that’s true for a lot of women-sports gives you a part of your life where you can work at something and you look in the mirror and you like that person.” -Teri McKeever
The team: U.S.A. women’s swimming, 2012. She is the first woman to serve as the head coach of a U.S. Olympic swimming team.
8. “You have to do something in your life that is honorable and not cowardly if you are to live in peace with yourself.” -Larry Brown
The team: U.S.A. men’s basketball, 2004. Brown has won over 1,000 professional games as coach in the ABA and NBA over his career.
9. “I have a rule on my team: When we talk to one another, we look each other right in the eye, because I think it’s tough to lie to somebody. You give respect to somebody.” -Mike Krzyzewski
The team: U.S.A. men’s basketball, 2008 and 2012. Under Krzyzewski, the U.S. team won gold in Beijing, 2008.
Tags: baseball, coaching sports, funny comments, Inspiration, motivational sport quotes, Rocky, sports, sports teams, super-bowl
|1.||“Yo, Adrian!” Rocky|
|2.||“You don’t understand. I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am. Let’s face it. It was you, Charley.” On The Waterfront|
|3.||“Show me the money!” Jerry Maguire|
|4.||“Juuuust a bit outside!” Major League|
|5.||“I’m out there busting my buns every night. Tell your old man to drag Walton and Lanier up and down the court for 48 minutes.” Airplane!|
|6.||“Sweep the leg.” The Karate Kid|
|7.||“There’s no crying in baseball!” A League of Their Own|
|8.||“You guys. You lollygag the ball around the infield. You lollygag your way down to first. You lollygag in and out of the dugout. You know what that makes you? Larry!” Bull Durham|
|9.||“Oh, there they go. There they go. Every time I start talkin’ ’bout boxing, a white man got to pull Rocky Marciano out their ass. That’s their one, that’s their one. Rocky Marciano! Rocky Marciano!” Coming to America|
|10.||“You’re gonna eat lightning, and you’re gonna crap thunder!” Rocky|
|11.||“If you build it, he will come.” Field of Dreams|
|13.||“Pick me out a winner, Bobby.” The Natural|
|14.||“There’s one thing I want you to do for me. Win. Win!” Rocky II|
|15.||“Fat man, you shoot a great game of pool.” The Hustler|
|16.||“Well, Nuke’s scared because his eyelids are jammed and his old man’s here. We need a live … is it a live rooster? We need a live rooster to take the curse off Jose’s glove, and nobody seems to know what to get Millie or Jimmy for their wedding present.” Bull Durham|
|17.||“Mike Eruzione! Winthrop, Massachusetts! I play for the United States of America!” Miracle|
|18.||“Jocks only think about sports. Nerds only think about sex.” Revenge of the Nerds|
|19.||“I’m gonna make Gretzky’s head bleed for SuperFan99 over here.” Swingers|
|20.||“What about Brett Fav-ruh?” There’s Something About Mary|
|21.||“Which brings me to my second point, kids. Don’t do crack.” The Waterboy|
|22.||“Get him a body bag, yeaaahhh!” The Karate Kid|
|23.||“There will be an additional springboard installed for Melon’s dive, the Triple Lindy!” Back to School|
|24.||“I guess what I’m trying to say is, if I can change, and you can change, everybody can change.” Rocky IV|
|25.||“… Whose bright strips and broad stars, in the perilous night. O’er the ramparts we watched, as the da da da da da da. And the rocket’s red glare, lots of bombs in the air …” The Naked Gun|
|26.||“If he had held the ball laces out like he’s supposed to, Ray would never have missed that kick. Dan Marino should die of gonorrhea and rot in hell!” Ace Ventura|
|27.||“I enjoy watching football in the afternoon. One of the things I love about this country. Baseball, too. I love baseball ever since Arnold Rothstein fixed the World Series in 1919.” The Godfather Part II|
|28.||“The price is wrong, bitch!” Happy Gilmore|
|29.||“I just slid my ticket across the table and I said, ‘Sorry, guys, I gotta see about a girl.’ ” Good Will Hunting|
|30.||“So we finish the 18th and he’s gonna stiff me. And I say, ‘Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know?’ And he says, ‘Oh, uh, there won’t be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness.’ So I got that goin’ for me, which is nice.” Caddyshack|
|31.||“Sometime when the team is up against it and the breaks are beating the boys, tell them to go out there with all they’ve got and win just one for the Gipper.” Knute Rockne, All-American|
|32.||“Put it in the face!” Coming to America|
|33.||“Hey, Yankees, you can take your apology and your trophy and shove ‘em straight up your ass!” The Bad News Bears|
|34.||“Billy, listen to me. White men can’t jump.” White Men Can’t Jump|
|35.||“Being perfect is about being able to look your friends in the eye and know that you didn’t let them down, because you told them the truth. And that truth is that you did everything that you could. There wasn’t one more thing that you could’ve done. Can you live in that moment, as best you can, with clear eyes and love in your heart? With joy in your heart? If you can do that, gentlemen, then you’re perfect.” Friday Night Lights|
|36.||“Sex and golf are the two things you can enjoy even if you’re not good at them.” Tin Cup|
|37.||“U-G-L-Y, you ain’t got no alibi! You ugly! You ugly! Yo momma said you ugly!” Wildcats|
|38.||“I don’t hate Balboa. I pity the fool.” Rocky III|
|39.||“You’re 5 foot nothin’, 100 and nothin’ and you have nearly a speck of athletic ability. And you hung in there with the best college football team in the land for two years. And you’re gonna walk outta here with a degree from the University of Notre Dame. In this life, you don’t have to prove nothin’ to nobody but yourself.” Rudy|
|40.||“In case you haven’t noticed — and, judging by the attendance, you haven’t — the Indians have managed to win a few here and there and are threatening to climb out of the cellar.” Major League|
|41.||“Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth.” The Pride of the Yankees|
|42.||“If you put your effort and concentration into playing to your potential, to be the best that you can be, I don’t care what the scoreboard says. At the end of the game, in my book, we’re gonna be winners.”|
|43.||“You never played for Charlie Comiskey.” Eight Men Out|
|44.||“People always say to me, ‘When you get to the NBA, don’t forget about me.’ Well, I should’ve said back, ‘If I don’t make it to the NBA, don’t you forget about me.’ ” Hoop Dreams|
|45.||“Uh, Lord, hallowed be thy name. May our feet be swift; may our bats be mighty; may our balls be plentiful. Lord, I’d just like to thank you for that waitress in South Bend. You know who she is — she kept calling your name. And God, these are good girls, and they work hard. Just help them see it all the way through. OK, that’s it.” A League of Their Own|
|46.||[Ed Rooney learns the score of the baseball game is nothin'-nothin'.] “Who’s winning?” Ferris Bueller’s Day Off|
|47.||“I was crippled for the rest of my life. I got better. He made me better. Hell, you made me better.” Seabiscuit|
|48.||“Hey, unless you’re gonna kiss me, get your hands off my ass.” Any Given Sunday|
|49.||“I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure.” Chariots of Fire|
|50.||“I sure miss playing basketball. I got depressed as hell when my athlete’s foot and jock itch went away.” Breaking Away|
|.51||“I’ll make it.” Hoosiers|