• Sports

    Posted: December 2nd, 2010


    As a present High School athlete, you’re always focused on who’s looking at you during the game. Who is going to give me a call or a scholarship to play ball at their school.

    As a Duke University Basketball fan, I focus not only on what decisions the players make in certain situations I also focus on what Coach K is looking for in those situations.  If he yells, he obviously doesn’t agree or doesn’t think it was the best decision. I use these in my own basketball games. He’s helped me just by showing me what a college Coach expects.

    I’ve seen Coach K at many tournaments this summer but he focuses more on the older senior groups, but all I say in my head with complete confidence is, “if I compete and fight and pursue my goal, Coach K will give me a look.”

    Coach K has helped me be a better person as well. He teaches me to trust others around me even though you may have doubts, trust is a strong thing on a team, in a family, and in a classroom as well. You have to trust that the teacher wants the best for you and wants for you to do well and do great things in life.

    If you don’t trust… you lose. You lose the game, you lose loved ones, and you lose a chance at a bright future. Coach K has tought me many things in life, but the most important lesson is to trust throughout life, and it will lead to great things.

    Thank you Coach Krzyzewski.

Balance

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
Adversity

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
Challenges

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
Commitment

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
Belief

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
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
Care

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
Adaptability

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
Courage

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
Communication

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
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