12 Great Quotes From 12 Great Coaches Written by: Tim Miles in Filed Under: Keeping Good Company, Meatloaf In the spirit of a 12-seed perennially whooping up on a 5-seed, here are a dozen great quotes from a dozen great coaches. 1. Accountability is essential to personal growth, as well as team growth. How can you improve if you’re never wrong? If you don’t admit a mistake and take responsibility for it, you’re bound to make the same one again. -Pat Summitt 2. Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books – especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day. -John Wooden 3. My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me. -Jim Valvano 4. There is a point in every contest when sitting on the sidelines is not an option. -Dean Smith 5. I don’t hire good coaches, I hire good people. If they turn out to be good coaches, too, that’s a plus. -Geno Auriemma 6. The will to succeed is important, but what’s more important is the will to prepare. -Bob Knight 7. Today’s society wants to skip the process. And I hate that. -Tom Izzo 8. Help one kid at a time. He’ll maybe go back and help a few more. In a generation, you’ll have something. -Al McGuire 9. If you want to have a lot of success, you need to have a lot of failure. -Rick Majerus 10. Yelling doesn’t win ball games. It doesn’t put any points on the scoreboard. And I don’t think words win ball games all the time. Players do. Preparation does. -Jerry Tarkanian 11. You learn in life that, you give everything you possibly can. And when that’s not enough, you learn to accept that. -C. Vivian Stringer 12. Always give back. It strengthens humanity. John Thompson Get Tim's Email Join thousands who get our short, sweet stories, tips, and videos. No SPAM. No Shenanigans. We value your privacy.