by ACAC Sports Writer Curtis J. Phillips
"Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." "It ain't over till it's over."
In this the fourth installment of five features celebrating National Coaching Week, we asked Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference head coaches one question, "What is your favourite sports quote (also person that first said it or made it popular, be it from real life coaching or a movie) and what does it mean to you?"
Here are just a few of their responses?
"Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you." Marianne Williamson.
"This, to me, means not shrinking back, but living fully into our potential, acknowledging the amazing gifts God has put in each of us and not being afraid to fully pursue actualizing them to their highest potential." Colin Kubinec - Ambrose University women's volleyball.
"It kills me to lose. If I'm a troublemaker, and I don't think that my temper makes me one, then it's because I can't stand losing. That's the way I am about winning, all I ever wanted to do was finish first." (Jackie Robinson). Jackie Robinson was influential in changing the world of sport and his drive to win and be successful allowed him to overcome adversity and barriers that have prevented most other humans from achieving their maximum potential. Jackie Robinson created positive social change via sport!" Mark Porter - Medicine Hat College men's volleyball
"Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard" Tim Notke High School Basketball Coach. This means to me that the foundation of hard work always gets rewarded." Tim Fragle - NAIT men's hockey.
"Not so much a sports quote but a life quote "Do or Do Not, there is no try" – Yoda. The intrinsic value of that statement is one apt to the role of a coach and leader. You don't try to lead or provide vision or teach or mentor, you just do it or you don't, life in between is not an option." Todd Warnick - NAIT women's basketball.l
"Tips/Advice are like aspirin…one may do you some good; but swallow the whole bottle and you will be lucky to survive." Harvey Penick
The quote speaks for itself and applies to so many facets of life. It is all about perspective. We often have the knowledge we need make meaningful change and long-term progress in our life; however, all too often, we lack the patience and persistence to watch that information grow into the positive outcomes we desire…we panic and resort to quick fixes which rarely work in the long run." Trevor Moore – Medicine Hat Rattlers Colleges golf.
"The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure. These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur." Vince Lombardi
To me this means, having the will to win, to prepare at anything not just sports, in life in general. To excel and be your best, far past when the game is over." Brian Anstice - The Kings University women's basketball.
"The best quote in my eyes is from Ben Hogan. He wrote "The most important shot in golf is the next one". This quote puts everything into perspective. Golf is a difficult enough game without worrying about what you just did. You need to forget the previous shot and turn your focus on the the job at hand. This is hitting the next shot. Too many golfers get emotionally attached to what they just did therefore cannot move forward in a positive and energetic way." Scott Bergdahl – Red Deer College golf.
"I might be paraphrasing this but I believe Coach K said "We want to win and we want to win the right way". I feel like winning and the class and character we have are equally important. I want to coach in such a way that accomplishes both." Paul Armbruster -Ambrose University men's volleyball.
"Life is not about the destination, it's about the journey -unknown- Gerard Brand - Ambrose University women's basketball.
""Champions are born in every neighbourhood." – Arthur Lydiard.
Just because you live in Grande Prairie, not exactly a hot bed of distance running, doesn't mean that you can't be on the national team, be a national champion, or compete in a world championship. Over my career, I've seen some pretty awesome athletes from the Peace Country achieve some pretty remarkable things and overcome the barriers of living and training in a small, northern-Canadian communities." Bill Corcoran - Co-Coach Grande Prairie Regional College cross country,
"Sports do not build character, they reveal it." (John Wooden)
Character is determined by what we believe and the choices we make; sports just gives us an opportunity to test that character and see what we are truly made of!" !Grace Scott - The King's University women's volleyball.
"Bill McCartny All coaching is, is taking a player to where he can't take himself. what I take from that is, inspiring your players to push past what they think is their limit, so they can reach their true potential." Stephen Newton - Medicine Hat College women's soccer.
"The idea is to go out with the leaders and see who gives up first". I used to use this for myself when I raced." Matthew Norminton - Concordia University of Edmonton cross country.
"There may be people that have more talent than you, but there's no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do. - Derek Jeter - I find that my own personal successes occur when I've given it everything I've got. The days I take off I am less than average." Nate Bedford – Portage College men's hockey.
"Success is like going to the bathroom, there are just somethings you have to do for yourself. (Anonymous). Greg Ryan - U of Alberta Augustana women's volleyball.
"I have one that comes from Hollywood. A speech by Al Pacino in the movie, Any Given Sunday. He talks about fighting for every inch on the football field and we coach our players to always fight for every shot on the golf course and never give-up. On a golf team, we are taking a very individually focused sport and turning it into a team sport. Our players are cheering for each other and competing against each other all at the same time. We play that speech for our players every year at the Provincial Championships. Gives me chills! - Jodi Campbell, MacEwan Golf.
"Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose." Keegan Kuhr - Keyano College men's volleyball
"Be the best version of yourself! - Unknown It takes what it takes - Nick Sabban." Chris Wandler – Red Deer College women's volleyball.
"Be the best version of yourself, everyday" I first heard similar words, often, many years ago from my father. This quote, helped me through tough times as a young boy. Finding my internal and external happiness within my unfounded potential." Dwayne Vigilance - Keyano College women's basketball.
"Bobby Knight: the key is not the will to win....everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important. Process vs. product. Take pride in the process and the product will take care of itself." Matt Barreiro – Kings University men's basketball.
"We are who we thought they were, and we let them off the hook"- Dennis Green, bit of an odd choice I'm aware and obviously not the full quote but for volleyball especially it applies in all situations. With the video we watch and the amount we practice we are very aware what teams do and are prepared for that so when we get beat we haven't executed our game plan the way we wanted too or we didn't play to the level we are capable of." Lucas Jacobson - Concordia University of Edmonton men's volleyball
"But you can run for 48 minutes " Larry Bird. That quote means you can't always be at your statistical best every game, however you can always give it your very best! I agree with LB." - Ryan Heggie - Lethbridge College men's basketball.
"Couldn't Piss it in the Ocean off the end of the dock" Dennis Clarke. Jr High school coach. Means the guy can't shoot the ball." Mike Connolly - NAIT men's basketball.
"My favourite sports quote was made by Bill Shankly it is; "Some people say that football in Liverpool is a matter of life and death, but it's much more important than that" to me this meant he understood the city and its people and how important football is in their lives." Ian Tully - Medicine Hat College men's soccer.
"Extreme Ownership. Leaders must own everything in their world. There is no one else to blame." Jocko Willink, Extreme Ownership." , Shane Sowden - Briercrest men's basketball.
"It ain't over til it's over" - Yogi Berra Chris McQuid - - Lakeland College curling