Quotes from the Jungle: Tigers, Huskies and Cougars

Here are some insights from some of the best college football coaches in the game today:

On the experience of the coaching profession: “You have to enjoy the whole journey. Enjoy all it. You have to enjoy the bad, you have to enjoy the good.” – Dabo Swinney, Clemson Tigers Head Football Coach (August 23, 2016 – Jim Rome Show)

On defining yourself in regards to your coaching career: “My identity is not tied up in being a football coach or being the coach at Clemson. My identity is tied up to who I am as a man, and being a father to three sons, and being a husband and being a good citizen, you know, trying to serve my community. That’s what my identity is tied up in. I love coaching football, I’m passionate about it, that’s what I do. But I’m so much more than that.” – Dabo Swinney, Clemson Tigers Head Football Coach (August 23, 2016 – Jim Rome Show)

On building a program and the patience it requires: “I think the results are probably slower to come than we had hoped for and expected. You know, it’s been an awesome, and a hard, and a frustrating, and a rewarding two and a half years. And what I mean by that is that, this just a tough process. And I think a lot of times when you come in from the outside and your trying to establish your way of doing things it just takes some darn time to get things done. After two and a half years, we feel like the process is in place and we feel really good about it.” Chris Petersen, Washington Huskies Head Football Coach (August 18, 2016 – Jim Rome Show)

On keeping players focused despite social media: “It’s hard because they’re bombarded with messages each and every day. The social media is a blessing and a curse. It allows us to get our message out to our fans and recruits but it also bombards our players.I think our culture is so insulating though that I’d be a fool to think that our guys didn’t hear it but, the thing I’m probably most proud of is that they don’t listen to it. They understand that our goals internally are the only ones that matter and that our goals will never change. It doesn’t matter what last years team did or how good last years team was. What matters is this is the 2016 team and quite frankly we haven’t done anything yet.” – Tom Herman, Houston Cougars Head Football Coach (August 18, 2016 – Jim Rome Show)

“You can win as many games as you want but if the culture is not there it’s not sustainable.” – Tom Herman, Houston Cougars Head Football Coach (August 18, 2016 – Jim Rome Show)

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Observations from Pete Carril

Here are some thoughts by the legendary Princeton Men’s Basketball Coach, Pete Carril, from his book “The Smart Take from the Strong”:

“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.” (p. 28)

“You cannot separate sports from your life, no matter how hard you try. Your personality shows up on the court: greed, indifference, whatever, it all shows up. You cannot hide it.” (p. 39)

“Every day has to be a new day with a new set of challenges.” (p. 118)

“When you demand a lot, my experience has been that you get more. If you insist on less, you get that, too.” (p. 118)

“Speed follows luck and covers a multitude of sins.” (p. 119)

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Make the Big Time Where You Are – Frosty Westering – Book Notes

Here are book notes on, Make the Big Time Where You Are, by Frosty Westering.

This book was recommended to me by a former coach, Bill Mahan, who was on the men’s staff when I was at Penn State – Beaver.

Enjoy!

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The Finish Line (Video)

Here is a great inspirational video about perseverance and the true definition of commitment to a program and coach.

“The Finish Line”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrTtDxd-4iY

“It’s purely your decision to be champions or not.” – Coach Jim Tracy, San Francisco University HS Girls Cross Country Head Coach

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You Pick

Charlie Kim’s article “9 Differences Between Selfish and Selfless Leaders,” is a good cheat sheet you can use to identify which type of leader you are.

What was interesting to me was the notion of “instead of interviewing and evaluating the company, evaluate the manager who will be your leader.”

This is so critical in order for you program to be successful. A coach or business manager without the support of administration or ownership is doomed to fail.

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Flash on My Mind

Over the past week, I have had the fortune to see some of my former players and parents of my AAU team, the South County Flash.

My wife, daughter and I had the chance to visit the Fleming’s in Narragansett, Rhode Island. It was great to see one of my former players, Bridget, “coaching” up my daughter Amara and getting her to drop her “shy guy” front and show her 3 year old persona.

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Then last night, I had the chance to help a former player’s (Jordan) father, Kevin Delaney, X and O. Coach Delaney, the Head JV Coach at the Prout School, was going to be facing a 1-3-1 zone defense and wanted some insights of things I have done at the college level to combat that scheme.

What I took from these two experiences is the impact that I have had on my former players and parents AND the impact they have had on me.

That is the main reason that I love coaching.

Sure the competition is great and I am always looking to improve myself and my team. However, it is the lifetime relationships that mean the most to me. Having an extended family and true people who care for you and vice versa, is what it is all about for me (see former post “The Drive” for another story on a former S.C. Flash alumane).

It also reminds me of some of the places and games that I have coached. Hawkeye Arena, Carnesecca Arena, Bryce Jordan Center, Western Illinois, Marshall, The RAC, etc. However, it all started with middle school kids who wanted to have fun, get better and loved the game.

It puts the game in perspective and is a motivator for me to continue to improve daily and get back on the sidelines.

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