100+ Best Coaching Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational coaching quotes will make you look at life differently and help you live a meaningful life.

Famous Coaching Quotes

You never know, I might get back into coaching someday. — Brad Gilbert

Whenever there’s a coaching change, players always have a little apprehension about it. Lauren might have given me a little more credibility at first. But they are all my kids now. — Kip Drown

Faith is the most important thing in the world to me. It’s the greatest strength I’ve had. It’s helped me get through the hard times. You’re not going to win every one of your football games. I’ve always said I’m not going to make football my god. A lot of coaches put so much into coaching football games that they have nothing left. — Bobby Bowden

I’ve seen the power of Life Coaching firsthand and I know how beneficial it can be. — Leeza Gibbons

We’re going to meet Friday, I’m going to sleep on it, and make a decision on Saturday. Coach (Sampson) seems like a good dude, and he’s a proven winner, but at the end of the day it’s going to come down to whether I feel comfortable with he and his coaching staff. — Armon Bassett

We’ve become one of those teams that has to rely on making shots. I’ve always loved coaching teams that can shoot 36 percent and win, because they rebound, defend and take care of the ball. — Tim Floyd

I always thought I could do a good job coaching, but the opportunities have not presented themselves. — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

All coaching is, is taking a player where he can’t take himself. — Bill McCartney

No, I’m not coaching. It’s a huge responsibility to coach somebody. — Oksana Baiul

I wrote a book on life coaching, because my life became my own reference point how to live. — Anupam Kher

When we were 0-and-4, our coaching staff kept telling us to work hard, keep at it, keep playing hard, and we’d get better. — Arturo Dubois

Look, coaching is about human interaction and trying to know your players. Any coach would tell you that. I’m no different. — Bill Parcells

When I was introduced last week I said that I wanted to bring teachers in who were looking to work hard, enjoy their work and be part of a team with everyone moving in the same direction. Gary defines that description. Getting him in New Orleans sets the tone for the rest of the additions to my coaching staff. — Sean Payton

I lost money, coaching jobs, a shot at the Hall of Fame. — Curt Flood

I was a pretty good coach and working with marketing was like coaching. — Bernard Ebbers

There is no need to be all out of whack when you are trying to play the ball, … I’m doing what the coaching staff asks me to do, I’m having the right progressions and the right reads. It just looks easy, I guess. Football is one of those things either you can or you can’t. I obviously can. — Nathan Vasher

The pretty girls get all the good stuff. Oh, God. So not true. I unlearned this after years of coaching beautiful clients. Yes, these lovelies get preferential treatment in most life scenarios, but there’s a catch: While everyone’s looking at them, virtually no one sees them. — Martha Beck

We would very much like to have Greg participate in our camp. There is a meeting that will take place at the Final Four with Greg, his family and the coaching staff at Ohio State. We’d love to have him involved. He has a chance to be a big-time player. — Jerry Colangelo

Sometimes the best coaching advice you can get is simple acknowledgement that theres nothing else you could have done. — Hannah Kearney

Coaching is easy. Winning is the hard part. — Elgin Baylor

Since I started CrossFit, I’ve read and heard about the critics talk about how unsafe it is, and my only response to that is any form of exercise can be unsafe if you don’t have the proper coaching, education and guidance. — Bob Harper

Coaches don’t sleep for a reason. They don’t sleep because it’s a danger zone every night. Very seldom do you ever get two or three days off… The lifestyle of coaching in the NBA is a tremendous challenge that gives you tremendous highs but also tremendous lows. — George Karl

Well, I think it’s pretty much established that I just didn’t have any interest in coaching in the pros. — Bobby Knight

You better have great practices. — Al McGuire

Selecting the right person for the right job is the largest part of coaching. — Phil Crosby

We’re extremely pleased and fortunate to add someone the caliber of John MacLeod to our coaching staff, … His impressive resume speaks for itself in terms of his success in the NBA and the experience he has gained in this league. We think he’ll make a wonderful addition to our organization and team. — Chris Mullin

I am gonna go into my coaching badges after my England days are finished and I have the time on my international break. — Steven Gerrard

The position that opened up happened to be a social studies position. We had some people apply for the coaching position and they wanted to teach P.E. We had some other people apply just for the teaching position. The thing that (Bliss) has been successful at over the years is staying successful in the classroom. — Debra Rhymer

I enjoy basketball. I enjoy coaching basketball. It’s the out-of-season stuff I didn’t handle well. — Dean Smith

Sometimes I miss coaching, but often things are not how they appear in football. — Ruud Gullit

My father’s coaching Misha and I just might help from time to time. — Richard Krajicek

I’m not in charge of making moves, you know. I’m in charge of coaching. — Don Cooper

In all the years that I’ve been in football – I went directly from coaching to broadcasting – I never really had a lot of experience watching it. — John Madden

And, coaching has never been an option for me. — Franco Harris

Through my coaching career, this is the most I’ve ever heard that I was an underdog. We ain’t going down there just to play. We’re going down to win. We’ll see how it goes. — Greg Robinson

We are not coaching on a daily basis because we often travel with our charity and commercial interests. — Nadia Comaneci

I’ve started doing my coaching badges, I’d like to be a manager one day. — Wayne Rooney

There is a huge wave of interest in happiness among researchers. There is a lot of happiness coaching. Everybody would like to make people happier. — Daniel Kahneman

We’re going to be very supportive of Jim’s looking and hopefully being able to procure a head coaching job. I think Jim would be outstanding. If indeed that doesn’t happen, Jim will be back next year. Some of the speculation I’ve seen is just that, because Jim and I have already had discussions about some of the things we need to do. — Brian Billick

Slump? I ain’t in no slump… I just ain’t hitting. — Yogi Berra

I’ve been an assistant for seven years now and I haven’t had one head coaching interview. I’m doing something wrong. — Patrick Ewing

The better the coaching has become, the worse the game has become. — Scotty Bowman

The absolute bottom line in coaching is organization and preparing for practice. — Bill Walsh

Very emphatically, I never, ever in my 18 years of coaching have forced a young man or demanded or made it mandatory for a young man to attend church, … I appreciate the ACLU, but to not listen to my bosses and to file a complaint, maybe its mission is to be controversial. Obviously I know the difference between making it mandatory and personal convictions and what the First Amendment says. — Ritchie McKay

There are certain things a coaching staff can do. But it’s up to the players to be prepared. It’s part of their responsibility to come and be ready to play and ready to work. Tonight was a bad performance. — Michel Therrien

Each person holds so much power within themselves that needs to be let out. Sometimes they just need a little nudge, a little direction, a little support, a little coaching, and the greatest things can happen. — Pete Carroll

I was still enjoying coaching, but there was a repetitious manner about it. — Darrell Royal

Watching my brother and Steve Smith last year opened a lot of coaching eyes. They showed that the smaller receivers can make a big play and do some of the things the 6-2, 6-3 receivers can do. In the past, everyone wanted a big receiver. But small receivers can get the job done also. — Sinorice Moss

We are pleased to have Ken on board. He has had experience at both the high school and collegiate levels. He’s been extremely successful as a coach, winning state championships in high school and coaching in the NCAA tournament. He is from the desert area (Phoenix) and will fit in well in El Paso. — Bob Stull

We’re excited. We really liked it last year, it was beautiful. It’s a home game in a way, but it isn’t in another way. The coaching staff is approaching it as it is a home game, and we don’t have to travel. — Kelly Greenberg

Because you can’t change results – I would change my losses, and I would definitely like to see on-court coaching. — Brad Gilbert

When I was coaching with the Patriots, the players pulled a practical joke and I said, ‘Do you think I’m Charlie the Tuna, like a sucker?’ After that, they called me Tuna. — Bill Parcells

People thrive on positive reinforcement. They can take only a certain amount of criticism and you may lose them altogether if you criticize them in a personal way… you can make a point without being personal. Don’t insult or belittle your people. Instead of getting more out of them you will get less — Bill Walsh

Geez, I just played cricket because I loved the game. I never thought about it much, never really had any formal coaching. — Steve Waugh

As the leader, part of the job is to be visible and willing to communicate with everyone — Bill Walsh

Coaching in the NBA is not easy. It’s like a nervous breakdown with a paycheck. — Pat Williams

The leader has to be practical and a realist, yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist. — Eric Hoffer

Keep it simple, when you get too complex you forget the obvious. — Al McGuire

Wherever you’re coaching or playing right now is the Big Time — Chip Kelly

I could stay in Germany and start my coaching career there. I did not want to. — Thomas Dooley

Wow, it’s hard to imagine coaching 1,000 games, but that does mean I have been in it for a long time. It is very special to have coached so many games and to have been blessed to do so. — Kay Yow

I’m not defined by baseball. I’d love for the Hall of Fame to happen, but if it doesn’t, my life won’t change. I’ll still be coaching my boy’s games. — Tom Glavine

What he did there was very smart. He deflected attention from the players, and he let them play, and I think that was coaching as much as anything. — Andy Moog

I think as far as any kind of pressure on a football team or on an individual in professional sports really depends not only on that individual but the leadership they have on the team and the leadership they have on the coaching staff. A lot of times, they can divert some of those pressures off of the individual and off of the team. — Jimmy Johnson

We’ve asked a lot of him being a young player. … He’s been asked to come in and play a major role in a hurry, but he’s a very mature kid and he takes coaching terrifically. — Al Groh

I learned this about coaching: You don’t have to explain victory and you can’t explain defeat. — Darrell Royal

Excellence is the unlimited ability to improve the quality of what you have to offer. — Rick Pitino

I like the guys on the team and the coaching here. I especially like the management. The Galaxy have been really good to me. — Cobi Jones

The other thing you have to remember is that we have a lot of new coaching staff this year. — Ron Hassey

I’ve been coaching the sport for a number of years. And I went through many athletes. Some athletes stay with your program for a long, long period of time. Some athletes, they have a different approach as far as coaching style or your philosophies. I totally respect their own opinions – they have the right to choose their own coach. — Liang Chow

Business coaching and the personal development and self-help industry is considered to be one of the booming industries today. — Brendon Burchard

I’ve learned a lot about the process. I had no idea how the balls got from the officials locker room down on the field and so forth and so on and all of that. That’s not something I have ever thought or concerned myself about [on] game day. I’ve concerned myself with preparing and coaching the team. — Bill Belichick

No coach has ever won a game by what he knows; it’s what his players know that counts. — Bear Bryant

What a great young player. You turn over No. 6, and there’s Tony’s No. 9. But he’s better, he’s quicker, and just a terrific player. He and Timmy (Duncan) just make a great one-two punch. He plays the game the right way. He sticks to what he does very well, and I’m looking forward to coaching him on All-Star weekend. — Avery Johnson

I can’t confirm any rumors. I’m happy doing what I’m doing. I have no interest in going back to coaching. — Jimmy Johnson

When I first started coaching, one of the worst things that I think I heard was ‘It will be O.K.’ I would wonder, ‘How the hell is it going to be O.K.?’ The worst word in the English language is ‘hope.’ — Bobby Knight

We probably spend more time talking about individual players in our coaching sessions than anything else. — Hayden Fry

We’re far ahead of last year. We were coaching on the run last year, on the fly so to speak, and it was hard. There’s a big difference this year. — Rowen Tupuivao

We’re in a different dugout now. They were good for us. We spent so much time together, but now we’re enemies. If you have to beat them, you beat them. Business is business. If my dad was coaching on the other side, I still want to beat him. — Odalis Perez

We’re still erratic. It’s somewhat to be expected — we have a lot of coaching changes. We’ve tweaked some things, so we’re still somewhat on a learning curve. — Al Bagnoli

I could tell you that in my entire coaching career I have never talked to any player, staff member about football air pressure. That is not a subject that I have ever brought up. — Bill Belichick

I fell in love with coaching. I loved interacting with young people, having the opportunity to make a tremendous impression on them. — Morgan Wootten

But with the right kind of coaching and determination you can accomplish anything and the biggest accomplishment that I feel I got from the film was overcoming that fear. — Reese Witherspoon

The other thing is that they promoted from within. So there are a lot of people who have been affiliated with this program, who have coached here and are coaching here, who are extremely capable. So we’ll see what happens. — Lloyd Carr

Managing is like holding a dove in your hand. Squeeze too hard and you kill it; not hard enough and it flies away. — Tommy Lasorda

It’s that way all the way down the line. I’ve got a boy coaching college ball and another son coaching high school. All the way down to summer leagues, all the way down to kids who are 14 years old. All those teams have a closer. — Bruce Sutter

I find young kids. I enjoy coaching and enjoy making them better players. — Graham Roberts

Coaching takes patience. I’m more enthused when teaching players who want it versus when I have to. — Kevin Garnett

Obviously I was disappointed when it fell into disuse, because it was my own track named after me, but I am sure all those youngsters we lost will be coming back, and I certainly intend to be down here as much as I can, coaching and advising. — Linford Christie

We’re going to give this one to Doc, even though he’s not here with us. We know he’s going through some tough times right now, but from the coaching staff to the players, we want to send this out for him. — Tony Brown

We want to see our coaches move on to head coaching positions at a higher level. — Tom Burnett

My dad said if you become a tennis professional just make sure you get into the top hundred, because you have to make a little bit of money. You make a living so you can pay your coaching and, you know, your travels. — Roger Federer

I’m just like any person who is coaching in this league, I’m just looking for an opportunity, that’s all. — Patrick Ewing

The truth is that many people set rules to keep from making decisions. — Mike Krzyzewski

A man is always better than he thinks. — Woody Hayes

You have to remember that coaching wasn’t sophisticated back then – you didn’t have the camps, clinics and all the technical advances that are available today – so from that standpoint, playing with a cast on my arm was a fortunate event in my life. — Bob Cousy

I’m sure at some point I will get back into coaching, but right now I need to focus completely on my kids. — Patrick Ewing

People need to know that by donating, coaching, and just lending support, anyone can become part of the wonderful global family. — Bill Toomey

I’m not going to coach again. I’ve done my coaching, and I think I can put that aside. — Phil Jackson

There is no need to be all out of whack when you are trying to play the ball. I’m doing what the coaching staff asks me to do, I’m having the right progressions and the right reads. It just looks easy, I guess. Football is one of those things either you can or you can’t. I obviously can. — Nathan Vasher

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