Quotes

Inspirational leadership quotes by the world’s most successful sport coaches – Learn to coach your team to victory!

1. “If you give the future all your attention, the present will pass you by.” – Phil Jackson

2. “Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.” – John Wooden, American basketball coach, American basketball coach

Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Philippians 2:4

3. “A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.” – John Wooden, American basketball coach

4. “Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.” – John Wooden, American basketball coach

5. “The key is not the will to win. Everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important.” – Bobby Knight, Basketball coach

6. “Discipline: doing what you have to do, and doing it as well as you possibly can, and doing it that way all the time.” – Bobby Knight, Basketball coach

Sir Alex Ferguson celebrating championship win.  Image courtesy of Gmanetwork.com
Sir Alex Ferguson celebrating championship win.
Image courtesy of Gmanetwork.com

7. “We never allowed a bad training session. What you see in training manifests itself on the game field. So every training session was about quality….I said that to them all the time: ‘If you give in once, you’ll give in twice.’ And the work ethic and energy I had seemed to spread throughout the club.” – Alex Ferguson, Football coach

8. “Winning is in my nature. I’ve set my standards over such a long period of time that there is no other option for me—I have to win. I expected to win every time we went out there. Even if five of the most important players were injured, I expected to win.” – Alex Ferguson, Football coach

9. “There’s no substitute for guts.” – Bear Bryant, American football coach

10. “Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence…If you’re in control, they’re in control.” – Tom Landry, American football coach

11. “Leadership is getting someone to do what they don’t want to do, to achieve what they want to achieve.” – Tom Landry, American football coach

12. “Champions are champions not because they do anything extraordinary but because they do the ordinary things better than anyone else.” – Chuck Noll, American football coach

13. “If you want to win, do the ordinary things better than anyone else does them day in and day out.” – Chuck Noll, American football coach

14. “Good things come to those who hustle.” – Chuck Noll, American football coach

15. “We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible” – Vince Lombardi, American football player, coach

16. “If you can accept losing, you can’t win.” Vince Lombardi, American football player, coach

17. “There’s only one way to succeed in anything, and that is to give it everything.” – Vince Lombardi, American football player, coach

18. “In great attempts it is glorious even to fail” Vince Lombardi, American football player, coach

19. “The quality of a man’s life is in direct proportion to his commitment to excellence, regardless of his chosen field of endeavor.” Vince Lombardi, American football player, coach



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