• Coach K Joins U.S. Army Soldiers for Google+ Hangout

    Posted: June 17th, 2013

    Worlds come together on Monday, June 17 at 10 AM ET in the first installment of #HeroesHangout when Coach K joins U.S. Army soldiers from around the world. The Google+ Hangout On Air will be moderated by CBS Sports and Pac-12 Network commentator Chris Spatola, who is a West Point grad and Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran.

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    Among the heroes scheduled to join the Hangout is SGT Jerrod Fields, a Chicago native who has received a Bronze Star and Purple Heart during his service in the U.S. Military. Fields’ leg was amputated after a roadside bomb struck his vehicle during a 2005 mission in Baghdad. Since then, Fields has continued to serve while emerging as a talented sprinter on the U.S. Paralympic team. Now a soldier-athlete in the Army’s World-Class Athlete Program, Fields was on the cover of ESPN Magazine in 2008 and has become a motivational leader helping others with disabilities become active.

    Another athlete scheduled to join the #HeroesHangout is SPC Steven Nelson. Coach K may see Nelson in Rio because the Nebraska native is also a champion boxer with his eyes on Olympic competition. Nelson was deployed in Afghanistan for a year, earning a Combat Action Badge. Like Fields, Nelson is in the Army’s World-Class Athlete Program and will join the Hangout On Air from the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Nelson is the 2013 gold-medal winner of the National Golden Gloves and USA National tournaments in the light-heavyweight division.

    Additional soldiers joining Coach K are stationed in Afghanistan and Ft. Gordon, GA. The #HeroesHangout will be hosted on the U.S. Army’s Google+ page.


When you are winning, your commitment is never challenged. But loyalty and dedication during difficult times can be tough. When commitment doesn’t waver, that’s when you have the greatest chance of winning. You can never give up.

- Coach K

No matter how successful you believe yourself to be, you can never feel as if you’ve reached the absolute pinnacle. There are always new and wonderful challenges out there, and part of maintaining success is knowing when you need to accept them.

- Coach K

Adversity can teach you more about yourself than any success, and overcoming an obstacle can sometimes feel even better than achieving an easy victory. Through adversity, you can discover things about your endurance, your ability to turn a negative into a positive, and your personal strength of heart.

- Coach K

Effective teamwork begins and ends with communication. Communication does not always occur naturally, and must be taught and practiced in order to bring everyone together as one. The most crucial element of communicating is telling the truth.

- Coach K

Take care not to allow one aspect of your life to so consume you that you neglect the others. Balance can put things in perspective, can bring you joy even when you are down, and can allow you to be at your best in all aspects of your life.

- Coach K
Collective Responsibility

We win and we lose together. Handling the responsibility for wins and losses together removes the burden from one individual’s shoulders and distributes it among each member of the team. That atmosphere is conducive to high-level performance and places you and your team in the position to be bold and unafraid, and if you should lose, you are not alone.

- Coach K

You can possess countless good qualities as an individual, but if you don”t have the courage to proceed, you may never see those qualities come into fruition. It takes courage to put what you believe to be best of you on the line, to test it, and to see how far it takes you. Courage means daring to do what you imagine.

- Coach K

Belief can mean the difference between a fear of failure and the courage to try. On a team or in a family, belief makes each individual stronger and also fortifies the group as a whole. The basis of belief is in individual relationships.

- Coach K

You have to adapt what you do based on who you are. In teaching, you must remember that no group or individual is the same as who you taught the day before, the year before, or the decade before. Your plan has to suit who you and your team are right now.

- Coach K

When you care about someone or something, you show genuine concern for that person or thing, in good times or bad. When you care about one another and about your purpose, you are compelled to put your feelings into action. Care creates an atmosphere that breeds success and gives you the confidence to try again.

- Coach K
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