Monday, September 10, 2012


“A primary goal of teaching anything is the advantage that learning gives to people over their competitors who haven’t been as well taught.” -Bob Knight

"Learning is a process that occurs over time and always integrates thinking and doing." -Peter Senge

“The greater part of instruction is being reminded of things you already know.” -Plato
 “What motivates me? Being around coaches who care and love to teach." -Don Meyer

“The undisciplined student has two problems: he knows what he is against, but sometimes he is uncertain what he favors.” –George Allen

"The mediocre teacher tells.
The good teacher explains.
The superior teacher demonstrates.
The great teacher inspires."
       -William Arthur Ward

"A good teacher creates an environment which allows the student to succeed." –Bill Parcells

“In any classroom, if the students can predict what the teacher is going to do all the time, they start memorizing and stop thinking.” –Mike Krzyzewski

“A very important part of my life is teaching. At some big-time basketball universities, the emphasis is on recruiting: ‘Let’s get a coach who can bring in talent.’ For me, the basic things has to be teaching.” –Pete Carril

“As a coach, your athletes will rise and fall to your level of tolerance.” –Bruce Brown
"All of us know a lot about it, but sometimes we forget that our players don't know about it." -Lou Carnesecca

"After awhile, your coaching development ceases to be about finding newer ways to organize practice. In other words, you soon stop collecting drills. Your development as a coach shifts to observing how great coaches teach, motivate, lead, and drive players to performances at higher and higher levels.” –Anson Dorrance

“I asked everyone I met from all walks of life to describe the best teacher they ever had. The descriptions were similar—a teacher who cared, knew the subject matter, expanded on it, kept a disciplined classroom, and taught self-motivation." -Grant Teaff

"Can you accept the premise that if players are not learning, then coaches must not be coaching effectively? Your staff must be students of learning and measure their ability as teachers by the performance of the players. If the progress of players is too slow, look for different teaching strategies. A tremendous sense of accomplishment results from working hard to find a teaching strategy that proves effective in a problematic situation." -Larry Kehres

“Since the most important responsibility of a coach in regard to the actual playing of the game is to teach his players properly and effectively to execute the various fundamentals of the game, he is first of all a teacher.” –John Wooden

 “What I think every teacher and coach needs to do when counseling an individual of this type, one who is so clearly withdrawn, is to establish what he wants, what he rejects, and then, most importantly, what you expect from him. My rule was not to criticize. I learned the hard way that this was a waste of time. Talk to this individual in private.” –George Allen

"Teaching is the most wonderful profession. The most important profession in the world are parenting - that's the most important - and teaching." –John Wooden

“In teaching, you must remember that no group of individual is the same as who you taught the day before, the year before, or the decade before. Your plan has to suit who you and your team are right now. And you must always be willing to adapt." -Mike Krzyzewski

“Pete Newell told me ‘get as much information and learn as much about the game as you can, but use your own personality to teach it.’” -Mike Krzyzewski

"Teach with dignity. Soft rain is absorbed more than hard rain. Hard rain tends to run off." –Don Meyer

"A teacher affect eternity; no one can tell where his influence stops." -Henry Adams

"Teaching is not a lost art, but regard for it is a lost tradition." -Jacques Barzun

"A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations." -Patrica Neal

"Teaching is the greatest act of optimism." -Colleen Wilcox
"Lombardi didn’t believe in complimenting people for doing what they were supposed to do.  If you did well, he’d say so.  But to get praise, you had to do something really extraordinary.  It was a matter of understanding your men and getting maximum performance, not just maximum effort, out of them." -Bill Curry

"You have to prepare your team for whatever the situation calls for.  That's the fundamental goal of your teaching." -Pete Carril

“The key to handling this student is to let him know that you want him to be recognized for what he believes and not for what he is against.” –George Allen

“The great teacher makes a few simple points.  The powerful teacher leaves one or two fundamental truths.  And the memorable teacher makes the point not by telling, but by helping the students discover on their own.  Learning takes place through discovery, not when you're told something, but when you figure it out for yourself.  All a really fine teacher does is make suggestions, point out the problems, above all, ask questions and more questions, and more questions…" -William Safire

"Be more interested in finding the best way, not just in having it your way." –John Wooden

“When you teach basketball, it has its technical parts and its life parts. It has to be that way because it’s played by humans.” –Pete Carril

"We're the teacher and the kids are the students. And if we haven't taught them exactly what to do then we can't expect them to do those things that they haven't been taught. That's what the practice floor is all about." –Bob Knight

"A coach who is not teaching leads to the worst thing in a program -- players not learning." –Don Meyer

"I'd rather be thought of as a teacher than a coach." –Bob Knight

“I felt my team could always interpret what I was teaching; we didn’t need all these damn meetings.  I didn’t want my players depending on me.  I figured I’d teach ‘em during the week, and when the game comes along, it’s up to them.  That’s one reason I didn’t like to call timeouts.  I didn’t want the players thinking that every time they got in a little jam, I’d bail them out.  I wanted to make them figure it out.” –Pete Newell

"A coach must remember that he is a teacher and therefore must prepare his team for every possible situation that may develop." –Bob Knight

"Teaching is the most wonderful profession. The most important professions in the world are parenting - that's the most important - and teaching." –John Wooden

“Your players will do what you emphasize, not what you teach them.” –Dick Bennett

“Most teachers, supervisors, and students regard him as a troublemaker, but he doesn’t usually see himself that way. This is important for the teacher or coach to remember in trying to help. A disobedient student rarely sees himself as others do. As a result, this behavior can go on for years and the student gets progressively worse because no one knows how to deal with him.” –George Allen

"The mediocre teacher tells.The good teacher explains.The superior teacher demonstrates.The great teacher inspires." -William Arthur Ward
"Be and look prepared. Be a man on integrity. Never break your word. Don't have two sets of standards. Stand up for your players. Show them you care on and off the court." -Red Auerbach

"Big things are accomplished only through the perfection of minor details.” –John Wooden

“The worst thing you can do for those you love is to do the things they could and should do for themselves.” –Abraham Lincoln

“Two words to avoid in teaching are “always” and “never.” There is nothing that happens a certain way 100 percent of the time.” –Pete Carril

"Coaching and teaching are two different things. The coaching never turned me on that much, but I always enjoyed the teaching, the practice sessions." –Pete Newell

"Correction does much, but encouragement does more." -Goethe

"If you would plant for days, plant flowers.
If you would plant for years, plant trees.
If you would plant for eternity, plant ideas."

"Never underestimate the power of individual attention." -Stephen R. Covey

“Whatever you emphasize and to the degree that you do, you get better at it.” –Pete Carril

“It’s results that count, and they should determine your principles.” –Pete Carril

“It is a mistake we all make as coaches to think that there is only one way of doing something. There is not. Whatever works works.” –Pete Carril

"Coaches spend too much time on how to do things and not enough time on why they do things. Players must know the purpose of what they are doing." -George Raveling
“The most important things we gave every player, though, were time and attention.” –Bo Schembechler

"You can't sell something if you don't own it. A player can't be tough if the coach is soft." –Don Meyer

"If you are successful, it is because somewhere, sometimes, someone gave you a life or an idea that started you off in the right direction." -Melinda Gates

"People have a way of becoming what you encourage them to be -- not what you nag them to be." –Scudder N. Parker

“It is our responsibility as coaches to get them to do the right thing, not enable them to do the wrong thing.” –Nick Saban

“It’s not what you teach, it’s what you emphasize.” –Don Meyer

“I constantly remind myself of the most basic formula of teaching: you hear, you forget; you see, you remember; you do, you understand. And when you truly understand, that is when the basics become habitual." -Mike Krzyzewski

“Good players can take criticism and construction…great players can take criticism and construction and learn!” –John Wooden

“Knowledge along is not enough to get desired results. You must have the more elusive ability to teach and to motivate. This defines a leader; if you can’t teach and you can’t motivate, you can’t lead.” -John Wooden

“As teachers and coaches, we have to get guys to understand the reasons behind doing things a particular way. That is the best way to coach. Everybody has to have a vision of what they think they can accomplish. You don’t have to be able to see it to do it.” –Nick Saban

“The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated." –William James