• The Happiest Day of my Life

    Posted: December 2nd, 2010

    My Paw paw went to Duke and loved Coach K. He raised all four of his daughters to love Coach K, and all of his grandchildren to love Coach K. After he passed away, there hasn’t been a Duke basketball game that I’ve watched and not thought of him. Growing up in Virginia, my sister and I lived for Duke Basketball, and I couldn’t have been more thrilled when I decided to move from VA to Raleigh, NC to be closer Coack K (and also to begin teaching high school). While teaching I met my husband, and to my utmost dismay he not only went to UNC but played the drums for UNC’s band. There were times that we could not even be in the same room watching basketball, and the year that we were engaged was 2009 and I was absolutely certain that we were not going to walk down the aisle together. However, we didn’t get married until June of 2010 and my hopes had been restored in our marriage since Duke had won the National Championship.

    I had a big wedding in a castle in North Carolina. When the wedding was over, my husband and I slept in the castle. Before we went to sleep, he told me that he wanted to give me my wedding present. Before he gave it to me, he said- “Giving you this present is very difficult for me.” As I open the gift, I found a signed picture of Coach K signed “Always lead with your heart on June 26th, 2010.” The gift solidified the love for my husband and the love of Duke =)


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

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

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
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

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

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

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

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
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