As soon as I returned to Southern California, old friends reached out to jump back into youth basketball coaching. I enjoy teaching young players the fundamentals of basketball, sportsmanship and to respect the game. At the same time, I saw that Coach K at Duke achieved his 900th NCAA career victory. It made me wonder with our NJB/PCHoops 10 game season how long it would take me to get 900 victories.
Well – let’s just say it is going to be a LONG time! Then a trusted colleague sent me this quote from LSU’s legendary basketball coach Dale Brown.
“The word coach was first used back in the 1500s in England. A coach was a horse drawn carriage used to transport a person from where he or she is to where he or she wants to be, needs to be, or ought to be going.All these years later, that is exactly what coaching should be about, but this is most difficult to follow because of the pressure to win. Measuring the success of a coach shouldn’t have anything to do with league titles, state championships, national rankings, or national titles. It should have everything to do with directing a program ethically and making good use of the power coaches have to reach and teach young people about issues and ideas that will carry them not only through a season…but through a lifetime.” Coach Dale Brown
Sweet – Based on these criteria, I believe I have far more than 900 victories. All good leaders should measure themselves based on the people they develop rather than the only P&L.
How many victories did you have today? This week? This year?