Great Coach = Great Teacher.


Coach John Wooden has passed away at the age of 99 (1910-2010).

He is considered to be one of the greatest basketball coaches of all-time.

More importantly, he is considered to be one of the greatest teachers of all-time.

Sometimes great teaching takes place in a classroom.  Sometimes it takes place on an athletic field (or court).

Both take exactly the same gift.

After his coaching career ended, he said, "I have not for one moment regretted retiring from my teaching position at UCLA. I use the word teacher purposely, because I’ve always considered a coach to be a teacher."


Here is a list of some of his other "Woodenisms."

"Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out."Coach John Wooden:  October 14, 1910 - June 4, 2010.

"Never mistake activity for achievement."

"Adversity is the state in which man mostly easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then."

"Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are."

"Be prepared and be honest."

"You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one."

"You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you."

"What you are as a person is far more important that what you are as a basketball player."

"Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character."

"A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment."

"I’d rather have a lot of talent and a little experience than a lot of experience and a little talent."

"If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?"

"If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes."

"It isn’t what you do, but how you do it."

"Ability is a poor man’s wealth."

"Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be."

"Consider the rights of others before your own feelings, and the feelings of others before your own rights."

"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."

"Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability."

"It’s not so important who starts the game but who finishes it."

"It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts."

"It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen."

"Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful."

"The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team."

"Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming."

"Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts."



4 Responses to “Great Coach = Great Teacher.”

  1. Walter Mahaffey
    on Jun 6th, 2010
    @ 11:15 am

    I really like this one. Great man. Great blog.

  2. Sheryl Lawless
    on Jun 6th, 2010
    @ 1:28 pm

    Loved the quotes from Coach Wooden…thanks for sharing!

  3. Lincoln
    on Jun 16th, 2010
    @ 1:29 am

    Your posts inspire me to become the very best principal I can be. Thanks.

  4. B. E.
    on Jun 23rd, 2010
    @ 8:40 am

    Couldn’t have said it better myself. Please keep blogging!!

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