From the Network Part 2 – “Quotes that Resonate”

Posted on Apr 01 2020

In this blog, we continue to get input from the coaching network around quotes that have resonated with them.

Tracy York – Head Coach Bendigo Spirit and Australian Sapphires

“You have to not only love the game, you have to love the training, the practice and the competing. You have to love everything about it.” – Minnesota and USA star Maya Moore.

Mark Radford – High Performance Manager, Basketball Tasmania

“It’s not a long battle, It’s many little battles, one after another, after another, after another…. until they succumb” – Hawthorn 4-time premiership coach Alastair Clarkson

“Challenge the Behaviour – Support the Athlete” – former St Kilda and Fremantle coach Ross Lyon

“The first step to dealing with an energy vampire on your team is;

  • To transform them with love, empathy and coaching
  • Don’t be negative about negativity
  • Don’t sit in the dark with them, turn on the light”

From Donnie Jones, Head Coach of Stetson University

Timmy Duggan – former NBL player with Gold Coast and Cairns and community leader

“When opportunity knocks, take it with both hands. More importantly, be ready for when opportunity knocks because you may not get that chance again” – from a recent presentation at the Mindset of a Champ Workshop in Darwin

Paul Goriss – Two-time WNBL championship coach and Australian Opals assistant coach

“You never know what your journey has in store. You just work hard and keep your nose to the grind. You do things the right way, you  treat people the right way and good things happen” – San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon 

“No-one is bigger than the team, If you cant do things our way you’re not getting time here and we don’t care who you are”Greg Poppovich, San Antonio Spurs and USA Olympic team coach

Jacob Chance – Assistant Coach, Perth Wildcats

“Your first steps will dictate your whole run”Brett Brown on the importance of sprinting the floor

“Culture is driven by behaviours. So if we have good behaviours, then we will have good culture. A good culture means a good environment for our players to get better every day.”Justin Langer from “The Test”

Guy Molloy – Head Coach, Melbourne Boomers and New Zealand Tall Ferns

“We’re in a brutal arena. The game is more unstructured and chaotic than structured and routine. So we will win by doing the basics brilliantly; controlling the controllable; being agile in adapting to change and uncertainty; and being persistent, patient and resilient.” – Legendary UK track and field coach Frank DickKerry Williams – Indigenous Program Manager, Cairns Taipans

“It’s crucial to play off two feet as much as possible in the lane, not get bumped off the ‘driving line’. Playing off two feet with balance allows for more balanced passing and shot making at the end of penetration.” – from the recent BA National Performance Camp at the Centre of Excellence

In our next blog, we will have coaches share their favourite teaching points for teaching skill and concept. Thanks to all the coaches who have contributed, the spirit of sharing is excellent.

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