There are many ways to enter the coaching profession – some have ideas of advancing as high as they can by starting out in high school, college and then eventually the NBA. You have to pay your dues though – long and tedious hours. Working hard, driving many miles to watch recruits, watching film and dealing with people. There’s no magic secret – no books or DVD’s to watch. It’s all about working hard and being ambitious.
It’s never easy no matter what level you are on. I always say ‘the higher level you go, the more difficult it becomes’. It’s all about winning – no one really cares if you graduate players, if you’re a good guy, if you helped the community by conducting free basketball camps or if you interact with the faculty. Not to mention you have given a kid a golden opportunity to be a success in life. (Update: Injuries to key players, losing players to academics and players quitting)
You have to win! And win now…
Steve Lavin talks to a class at Indiana University and tells them about his situation from fired coach to broadcaster via Indiana.edu
Sometimes more is learned when you lose, he said, than when you win. Lavin learned about human nature, integrity and compassion when he was fired and it has influenced him as a sports commentator.
Bo Ryan at Wisconsin via the Daily Cardinal.
For UW’s head man, basketball is a simple game based on hard work and religious adherence to the fundamentals. There’s no secret formula to winning. No complicated defenses, no elaborate mind games of X’s and O’s. Ryan doesn’t have a laminated sheet with his various offensive sets written on it.
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“YOUR THOUGHTS ARE THE PRIMARY CREATIVE FORCES IN YOUR LIFE. YOU CREATE YOUR ENTIRE WORLD BY THE WAY YOU THINK. ALL THE PEOPLE AND SITUATIONS IN YOUR LIFE HAVE ONLY THE MEANING YOU GIVE THEM BY THE WAY YOU THINK ABOUT THEM. AND WHEN YOU CHANGE YOUR THINKING, YOU CHANGE YOUR LIFE, SOMETIMES IN SECONDS…”