• One of the Most Influential People in My Life

    Posted: March 20th, 2011

    Coach K was one of the three people that made me realize that being an effective leader starts with having the passion and the un-obstructed vision of what you plan to achieve with your team. Coach K was the first person who helped me realize in a very brief one-to-one session in Toronto Canada at a coaches clinic. He simply put his arm around my shoulder, smiled at me and said with deliberate intent; Frank, you already have all the tools and vision. Keep your passion and never let your young men even remotely think you’re affected by any setbacks or obstacles that may come your way. Coach K’s message was delivered with a clear conviction of his belief system.

    I took his message another step further by adopting his team defensive principles and simple offensive attacking methodologies of his own defensive principles. From that moment with Coach K, I was so much more affective as a coach/leader. We consistently dominated our competition up on Ontario Canada.

    More importantly, now as a retired coach and CEO Broker/Trainer/Real Estate Coach; Coach K’s lessons in humility and leadership by example still makes him one of the most influential people in my life.

    The photo I have with his hand on my shoulder is proudly displayed in my office.

    Frank D’Angelo


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

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

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

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

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

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
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

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

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

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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