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Don Meyer QuotesShout praise and whisper criticism.
Don Meyer

Every day you teach attitude.
Don Meyer

You build your program from the ideas of great coaches.
Don Meyer

Recognize and reward players who put the team first, not just the gifted ones.
Don Meyer

Sometimes the best recruits are the ones you don’t get.
Don Meyer

If you can do something and not blow your own horn, it sure sounds a lot better.
Don Meyer

You build your program from the ideas of great coaches.
Don Meyer

Successful basketball coaches are those that subscribe to a system that is based on sound fundamental teachings.
Don Meyer

More Don Meyer Quotes on Basketball

Discipline and demand without being demeaning.
Don Meyer

Anytime you get an award as a coach, you’ve got to be the ultimate fool to think it wasn’t your assistant coaches and all the players responsible for the award.
Don Meyer

Nobody travels better than Northern State fans and nobody knows the game better than Northern State fans. If I’d die and went to heaven and I was coaching, it would be at Wachs Arena.
Don Meyer

You aren’t going to win championships unless you make layups and free throws.
Don Meyer

You have to learn to play with what you’ve got.
Don Meyer

Discover your gift, develop your gift and then give it away every day.
Don Meyer

Our goal as a team is to keep playing as a group for as long as we can because you will never have that team again. It is like a dying limb, you have to prune it off and let another one grow in its place. That is the way you have to do it, but it still hurts losing these guys and that team because they and you have put so much effort into building a team. Even if you win that last game (and a national championship), it hurts badly because the players know they will never have that same special group of guys together on the same team again. Somebody always goes and somebody new always comes in.
Don Meyer

Winning a postseason game is like winning five regular season games. There is just no feeling like it. Everything is magnified. Every free throw, turnover, shot and play.
Don Meyer

We sure didn’t play great, but we played hard. And I can live with that.
Don Meyer

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Ten minutes after you lose that last game, you start working on next season.
Don Meyer

There’s only one thing we can control, and that is how hard we play.
Don Meyer

Best Don Meyer Quotes and Sayings

Make the practices like games and the games like practices.
Don Meyer

You have to learn things in every game because you are not going to be able to practice two-and-a-half to three hours (during the season), so the games have to be the ultimate learning experience.
Don Meyer

It is foolish to expect a young man to follow your advice and to ignore your example.
Don Meyer

Don Meyer Sayings

We have 2,500 students and an 8,000-seat basketball arena. You do the math on how important basketball is in Aberdeen.
Don Meyer

If I cover my head with my hands, it means deny the ball to the opponent’s ball handler.
Don Meyer

I tell everyone that I have 25,000 assistant coaches. If I want to know something, I just go to the grocery store.’
Don Meyer

Don Meyer’s words of wisdom

We can always do it better.
Don Meyer

As a coach, you’re just trying to figure out how to keep a team on edge. You’ve got to find that edge.
Don Meyer

Have character, don’t be one.
Don Meyer

Go from good to great because good is the enemy of great.
Don Meyer

All glory to God.
Don Meyer

Discipline and demand without being demeaning.
Don Meyer

Simplify the game as much as possible. When you add, you must subtract.
Don Meyer

Players who are late are saying that their time is more important than the team.
Don Meyer

When you watch the game, be a student of the game.
Don Meye

It is not what you teach, but what you emphasize.
Don Meyer

Prepare, plan and practice like you just lost your last game.
Don Meyer

If a farmer and his family can get up at 5:30 every morning to milk cows, surly we can get up at that time to practice basketball.
Don Meyer

The only thing success should do is make you more humble.
Don Meyer

When you get to be my age, you don’t buy green bananas because you may not be around to eat them.
Don Meyer

When the legs go, the heart and the head follow quickly behind.
Don Meyer

TiP: These Don Meyer quotes can be used for season ending banquet programs or coaches’ emails to the team.

Don Meyer Quotes on Basketball Coaching

In the end, what your own troops do is more important than who they are marching against.
Don Meyer

What you accept in victory, you must accept in defeat.
Don Meye

There is a lot of difference at McDonald’s between the guy in the back making the fries and the manager up front who is running the place.
Don Meyer

When I go in for heart surgery, I want a full-time surgeon. I don’t want some guy who just does it part-time between rounds of golf. You want a guy who is doing it all the time and is always reading and learning about the most recent techniques.
Don Meyer

You have to clean out the pig barn every week because you know your pigs are in there doing their jobs every day.
Don Meyer

We had 10 turnovers tonight. Each one gets worse as you go. It is like prior arrests: the 10th one may not have been that bad, but when you have had nine prior ones, it looks pretty bad.
Don Meyer

Toughness

We have to get a lot tougher. If you get involved in a street fight, you can’t lay down in the street and act like you’re dead because they will kill you for sure. You might as well get up and fight.
Don Meyer

To those who much has been given, much is expected.
Don Meyer

If  you are a good team, your offense is born on the defensive end.
Don Meyer

We painted a beautiful picture, but we just didn’t finish it. Finishing is the difference between a beautiful picture and a masterpiece.
Don Meyer

There is nothing more important than rebounding. Don’t just give it lip service.
Don Meyer

Practice shared suffering. If one guy messes up, everyone runs. If one guy does well, everyone benefits.
Don Meyer

We always need to be prepared and work hard in practice so we can be just like the farmer who has put that fourth cutting of hay in the barn. After he does that, he can feel good about what is going to happen the rest of the winter.
Don Meyer

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Time doesn’t fly when you are not happy.
Don Meyer

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