Coaching Quotes and Sayings

These Coaching Quotes can inspire you to achieve greatness. A coach can make or break a team. Most often, the fortunes of a team depend on the whims of one man – the coach. There have been many great coaches who have played the most important role in steering their teams to make history. It is not always that star player who is the most valuable asset. Coaches can get even the worst of players to become stars.

Here are some inspiring Coaching Quotes to inspire you as a player or in your day-to-day living to excel and succeed in your calling. Every great coach has something to teach to the world. Let’s hope you will find the perfect motivation.

Coach Quotes

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

What makes a good coach?
Complete dedication.
George Halas – Check out the Chicago Bears Fan Guide.

Selecting the right person for the right job is the largest part of coaching.
Phil Crosby

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Coaching is an action, not a title and actions result in successes.
Byron & Catherine Pulsifer

The interesting thing about coaching is that you have to trouble the comfortable, and comfort the troubled.
Ric Charlesworth

To be as good as it can be, a team has to buy into what you as the coach are doing. They have to feel you’re a part of them and they’re a part of you.
Bobby Knight

Coaches have to watch for what they don’t want to see and listen to what they don’t want to hear.
John Madden

Practice doesn’t make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.
Vince Lombardi – More Vince Lombardi Quotes.

Coaching is 90% attitude and 10% technique.

Tip: These coaching quotes and sayings make great captions for sports photographs posted on social media sites.

When the Student is ready quote imageQuotes about Coaches

Coaches are aware of how to ignite passion and motivate people. They have an energy that is contagious and know exactly how to get their team excited.
Brian Cagneey

A good coach can change a game. A great coach can change a life.
John Wooden

You must be personally reliable before you can coach your team to generate reliable results.
Lee Colan

A good coach will make his players see what they can be rather than what they are.
Ara Parasheghian

Successful coaches are visionaries. They have a picture of success set in their minds.
Gavin McGinnis

As their coach, your job is to set the bar high, inspire them to reach this bar, encourage them, and most of all, guide them in the best possible manner and in the most supportive environment.
John Popovich

The fewer rules a coach has,
the few there are for a player to break.
John Madden

A coach should never be afraid to ask questions of anyone he could learn from.
Bobby Knight

Funny Coaching Quotes

Coaching is nothing more than eliminating mistakes before you get fired.
Lou Holtz

You need to be more like a dog, we don’t need a bunch of cats in here – meow, looking in the mirror.
David Bennett

Son, you’ve got a good engine, but your hands aren’t on the steering wheel.
Bobby Bowden

My entire adult life, I’ve never used the expression game face. I have no idea what that means or what you’re supposed to do.
Bobby Knight

I make my practices real hard because if a player is a quitter, I want him to quit in practice, not in a game.
Bear Bryant

If lessons are learned in defeat, our team is getting a great education.
Murray Warmath

Game Day Quotations

I don’t believe in team motivation.
I believe in getting a team prepared so it knows
it will have the necessary confidence when it steps on a field
and be prepared to play a good game.
Tom Landry

coaching sayings imageSome people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.
Michael Jordan

When it’s game situation, when it’s game day, game time, when it’s World Cup, when it’s these tournaments that happen once every so often, I live for that, I live for that challenge.
Tiffeny Milbrett

If someone met me on a game day, he wouldn’t like me. The days in between, I’m the goodest guy you can find.
Roger Clemens

It isn’t hard to be good from time to time in sports. What is tough, is being good every day.
Willie Mays

While I was coaching, I believe the motivation talk I gave my players that achieved the best results was in reference to their present game-day effort. Yesterday’s performance was already history.
Bill Sharman

You don’t show up on game day and expect to be great. Greatness happens in practice. You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.
Michael Jordan

About Players

Finding good players is easy. Getting them to play as a team is another story.
Casey Stengel

On good teams coaches hold players accountable, on great teams players hold players accountable.
Joe Dumars

There are three types of baseball players: Those who make it happen, those who watch it happen and those who wonder what happens.
Tommy Lasorda

I have never believed in comparisons, whether they are about different eras, players or coaches.
Sachin Tendulkar

I am constantly being asked about individuals. The only way to win is as a team. Football is not about one or two or three star players.

The winning of a pawn among good players of even strength often means the winning of the game.
Jose Raul Capablanca

Make sure that team members know they are working with you, not for you.
John Wooden

My advice to defensive players: Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in a bad humor.
Bowden Wyatt

About Coaching

Coaching is a profession of love.
You can’t coach people unless you love them.
Eddie Robinson

Failure is good. It’s fertilizer. Everything I’ve learned about coaching, I’ve learned from making mistakes.
Rick Pitino

Good coaching is good teaching and nothing else.
Pat Conroy

Leadership, like coaching, is fighting for the hearts and souls of men and getting them to believe in you.
Eddie Robinson

Everything in coaching hinges on listening because what we are listening for affects where we are speaking from.
Marilyn Atkinson

Good coaching may be defined as the development of character, personality and habits of players, plus the teaching of fundamentals and team play.
Claire Bee

Each person holds so much power within themselves that needs to be let out. Sometimes they just need a little nudge, a little direction, a little support, a little coaching, and the greatest things can happen.
Pete Carroll

The power of coaching is this – you are expected to give people the path to find answers, not the answers.
Tom Mahalo

All coaching is, is taking a player where he can’t take himself.
Bill McCartney


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