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The Great Quotes for Coaches Podcast is for coaches, teachers, and leaders of all types of teams looking to use quotes to make their leadership inspirational, motivational, and impactful. Each short episode discusses quotes that they can use with their teams, classes, or organizations to create cultures of character and excellence.
50 Episodes
Well, we did it. We have hit episode #50 of the Great Quotes for Coaches podcast! While I always felt that we would get here, it's still a nice little milestone to celebrate. Today's episode features a quote from cultural anthropologist, Margaret Mead. I thought that this quote would be a fitting quote for us on this milestone episode, and I think you'll understand why when you hear it.Also, as my way of saying "Thanks" to all of you for listening, near the end of the episode you will hear information on how to enter a drawing to win a FREE paperback copy of my gift book for graduates, Inspiration for the Graduate, the book from which I got many of the quotes for these episodes.Thanks to all of you for being on this journey with me. I appreciate all of you investing a little bit of time each week to listen. I don't take that investment lightly. I will try to continue to bring you quality episodes as we move forward with the next 50 episodes!
Today's podcast is another one where it is me talking about a quote that I like. Today's quote is another one from the "Leadership" section of my gift book for coaches to give to their graduating seniors called Inspiration for the Graduate. It is a quote by Duke University men's basketball coach, Mike Krzyzewski, known to most people as, Coach K. I believe I got the quote from Coach K's book, Leading with the Heart, one of my favorite books ever.The quote is a great one for coaches to consider, not necessarily to use with their teams, but to use in terms of how they coach and lead their teams. The quote is this: “Great teams have multiple leaders, multiple voices. A major part of building a team is discovering who those voices will be and cultivating them, making sure that their leadership is established within your group.” I love the concepts in this quote, and as you will hear in the episode, I haven't always followed them. I think many of us as coaches probably fail to do this at times. Listen in as I discuss why it is so important for us to follow Coach K's advice in this quote.
Today we have another interview episode of the podcast. I am talking with Lori Thomas. I know Lori because she is a fellow team member of mine with the Proactive Coaching team of speakers. But Lori is also a former coach, administrator with the NAIA, and the current Heart of America Conference Commissioner of NAIA schools.Lori's quote today comes from one of the great leadership gurus, John Maxwell. It's kind of shocking to me that it took us 48 episodes to finally get a John Maxwell quote because he is so good and so quotable. You're going to love this quote, and you're going to love how Lori explains its impact on her and how she has used it with the coaches in her conference during this unprecedented time in our world.You can connect with Lori at you would like to continue the conversation.
Today's episode is another where it is me discussing a quote I find inspirational and meaningful. This quote comes to us from Thomas J. Watson, the former CEO of IBM. His quote is a really good one for leaders to consider they idea that before they lead others, they must first be able to lead themselves.
Today's episode is extremely special for me, and I think you will find it so, too. My guest is Bob Kuykendall.  Bob is an English teacher and wrestling coach at Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein, Illinois.  However, what makes it such a special episode for me is that Bob has been my best friend in the world since I was 5 years old.As he says in the episode, when we were in college (at different schools), and we realized that we were both going into teaching English and coaching, I said, "Wouldn't it be cool if we ended up teaching and coaching at the same school?" Well, that's exactly what happened! I taught and coached with Bob at Carmel for 11 years after we graduated from college. Those were some of the best years of my life in teaching and coaching. I then fulfilled a lifelong dream and moved to Montana, while Bob stayed on at Carmel teaching English and coaching wrestling. He was an assistant wrestling coach for 26 years! He is one of the most loyal and dedicated people I know, and that statistic kind of bears that out. He has now been the head wrestling coach at Carmel Catholic for the last 13 years.His quote today, fittingly, comes from the world of the English classroom. Most of us will recognize it from the movie Dead Poet's Society. The teacher, Mr. Keating, played by Robin Williams, quotes Walt Whitman from his poem, "Oh Me! Oh Life!" Keating delivers the line to his English class students, trying to get them to see that they each can contribute something to the world, if they will just work to find what that something is. Interestingly enough, though, Bob has used this line with his wrestling teams as much as, and maybe even more than, his English classes. When you listen to the episode, you will see how and why. You will also hear some incredibly powerful stories that Bob shares, illustrating how the line impacted his wrestlers and his teams through the years.If you would like to connect with Bob, you can email him at You can also find him in the directory at the Carmel Catholic High School website,
Ep. 45 - Little Things

Ep. 45 - Little Things


Today I discuss a quote that I actually wrote my most recent blog post about over on my SlamDunk Success website. I heard former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer say this quote (or a variation of it) on the sports talk radio show, "The Herd" with Colin Cowherd a couple of months ago. While Dilfer's statement was a variation of another quote, he used it in explaining a point he was making, and it immediately struck me as being similar to even another quote I used to use to try to make a similar point to my students, athletes, and teams. So today, you will get THREE QUOTES for the price of ONE! They are all great quotes to help you understand, teach, and instill the importance of the discipline of focusing on the details. Rather than tell you the quotes here, check out the episode to hear all about them.
Today is another episode where we get to hear from a guest coach. Our guest coach is Andy Affholter. I have known Andy since 2002 when I became the Athletic Director for the high school & middle school, along with being the Head Girls' Basketball Coach, in Granger, Washington in the Yakima Valley. Andy was teaching and coaching in our middle school, and we immediately hit it off. Our philosophies on youth/school sports and coaching were so similar that we spent hours talking about coaching, teaching, leadership, & life. Andy had been a very successful head coach prior to coming to Granger, and I knew that when I stepped down as basketball coach, I wanted him to take over. He promptly took our girls' program to being one of the elite programs in the entire state. He did it at a small public school without a lot of resources and natural born talent by outworking, outplaying, and "outteaming" schools with far greater size, skill, & talent. He coached great kids who bought into his messages about team, and he made Granger into a perennial state power.His quote today is something I saw him use with his teams throughout my time with him, and it became a mantra for them. His kids understood exactly what it meant and knew they needed to live by it in order for them to be successful. The acronym "EWPA" became synonymous with the concepts in the quote. You will need to listen to the episode to hear what EWPA stands for.If you would like to connect with Andy to find out more about how he instituted EWPA or how he built the successful team-first culture that he did, you can reach him in a couple of ways. His email address is His school email address is Or you can call the Granger Middle School in Granger, Washington and leave a message with the secretary to have him give you a call. You could also reach out to me, and I could put you in touch with him, too.No matter which way you choose to do it, I highly recommend you reach out to Andy.  He is a well-spring of coaching knowledge, and he has so many great ideas on building successful team cultures, that I know you will come away with something awesome after you connect with him.
Today's episode is another episode of me talking on my own about a quote. Today's quote comes to us from Ken Horne. As you will hear in the short intro I added to start the episode, I am unsure of which of two different Ken Hornes the quote comes from. However, no matter which Ken said it, it is a great quote for any of you leaders out there who are trying to create a great team experience that attracts others to it. 
Today we get to hear from one of my coaching mentors, Bruce Brown of Proactive Coaching. I have had a few coaching mentors in my life. Like all coaches, I have had long-distance mentors who I have followed and learned from, like Coach K at Duke University. But as far as in-person coaching mentors, while I have coached with many great coaches, learned a ton from many of them, and feel they contributed greatly to who I am as a coach, I have only had a few people who I consider as actual coaching mentors of mine. One of them is Bruce Brown.Bruce became a mentor for me in the second half of my career after I met him in 2002. While I could write so much about Bruce to explain what has made him such a great mentor to me, space here prevents me from doing so. Suffice it to say that I learned so many new and different ways to deal with kids, parents, fellow coaches, building teams, creating and living by Core Covenants, and so much more from Bruce. I only wish I had met him at the beginning of my career, so I could have implemented the things I learned from him earlier. In today's episode, you will get a glimpse as to why he has had such a big impact on me. Bruce discusses a quote that he heard very early in his coaching career from a high school football coach in Washington named Rich Rowe. In many ways, it set a tone for Bruce in his coaching and then in his life. The quote is "What you have, give. What you save, you lose forever." I love this quote for a variety of reasons, and you will hear some great ideas that Bruce shares with us, plus a GREAT story about the first time Bruce met Coach John Wooden when Bruce was early in his coaching career. This quote also fits right in with the servant-leader types of quotes we have had in some of our recent episodes. In fact, it is very close to the quote by Albert Pine that Kathryn Geouge talked about in episode 37, "What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal." I love how many of the quotes we have discussed in our show so far have great connections and can help illustrate and reinforce the other ones.If you would like to connect with Bruce, he can be reached at To find out all the great things that Proactive Coaching has to offer, check out their website at should also check out their Facebook page where over 850,000 people have "Liked" the page and get two or three short nuggets of inspiration everyday - - @Proactivecoach
Today's episode is an end-of-year wrap-up of all the quotes that we covered this year. In this episode, I go back over the entire library of 42 quotes that we discussed in our inaugural year of the podcast. For those of you who did not hear all of the quotes this year, this is a great chance for you to hear all of them, so you can decide which episodes you want to go back and listen to in order to get the full explanation and discussion about the quotes.
Today's episode is another episode where it is just me discussing an impactful quote. This quote comes to us from Fran Tarkenton. (If you don't know who Fran Tarkenton is, check out the episode, as I talk a little bit about him and what he meant to me growing up in the 70s.) His quote is another one about leadership, which is a bit of a theme that we have been covering for the last few episodes where it is just me talking (as well as Episode #37 with Kathryn Geouge). Tarkenton said, "Leadership must be demonstrated, not announced." In the episode, I discuss why this is important for us as coaches/leaders to understand. However, I also focus on the reasons why, in many ways, it may be even more important for our players to understand.
Today's episode is a very special one for me. I get to talk to one of my former student-athletes from my first few years of coaching. Chris Mikrut has been a very successful girls' soccer coach at Crown Point High School in Crown Point, Indiana. I haven't spoken with Chris in about 25 years, so this was a lot of fun for me to reconnect with him.Chris talks about a quote that he started using with the girls in his program that has taken off and been huge for their program and for the kids and parents. While the quote might not seem earth-shattering, it is a great way to rally your team and your kids and to then build your culture. Chris & I both reminisce a bit and tell a few stories in here, but I think you will find some good nuggets inside those stories, too.  Any of you who have coached for a while will be able to relate to our stories and to the feeling that I get being able to reconnect with Chris. If you would like to reach out to Chris to ask him about his quote and his culture or anything else, he can be reached at Their Instagram page can be found at @cphsladybulldogsoccer.
Episode 38 is a quote that is a great follow-up to last week's discussion with Kathryn Geouge about her quote. If you heard our discussion, we talked about the importance of being a servant-leader who truly lives by the concept of serving others. (If you didn't hear that episode, make sure you listen to it!) Today's quote gets at the heart of that idea. It is a Japanese proverb that says, "If he works for you, you work for him." Listen to today's episode to hear about this extremely important concept for any of us who lead teams.
Great episode here with Kathryn Geouge, the head softball coach at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. Kathryn gets at the heart of what it means to be a servant-leader in her quote by Albert Pine - "What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal."Oh my! I had never heard that quote before, yet it has now vaulted WAY up the list for me of favorite quotes. It says so much about what our role as leaders and members of teams and society is, and it is a quote that we all need to take to heart. Thanks so much to Kathryn for introducing that quote to us and for her incredible insight and stories in helping to explain it. If you want to connect with Kathryn, you can reach her in a few places:Instagram - @flaglersoftballTwitter - @FlaglerSoftballFacebook -
Today's episode is another departure episode from the usual. It is one where it is me alone. However, once again I am not talking about a single quote today. Rather I am reading a chapter of my new fiction book coming out later this week (November, 2020) called, Ultimate Team Player: Remington Reunites the Team. If you listened to episode 34, you heard me read Chapter 1. If you didn't hear that episode, I would suggest you listen to it before you listen to this one.  This book is my first attempt at writing fiction, and it is the first book in a series that will follow a high school basketball player named Remington Roberts over the course of his career. I wrote the book (and the series) to teach a variety of lessons through sport in entertaining stories. The book will be available on Amazon, as well as our new SlamDunk Success website, later this week on Black Friday. The eBook  will be on a special price throughout the weekend. Until then, here is Chapter 2 of Ultimate Team Player.
Today's episode is another in the interview format. Today is a special moment for me. I get to have a "full-circle" type of moment, as today's guest is Silas Counts, a former student-athlete who I taught and coached back in the 90s. Silas has been a teacher and coach for quite a few years, and he is now an administrator at an elementary school here in Montana.Like other guests I have interviewed on the podcast, the quote that Silas chose comes to us from a unique source. This one is from the Patrick Swayze character, Bodhi, in the movie Point Break. The quote is delivered during a campfire on the beach scene in which Bodhi is talking about the immense waves that he will be attempting to conquer that only come twice a century out of a storm from the Antarctic that sends a swell north into the Pacific Ocean. He says that if you want the ultimate, you have to be willing to pay the ultimate price. He then says, "It's not tragic to die doing what you love." In today's episode, Silas talks about how that quote has impacted him through the years, from playing football while I was one of his coaches to his own coaching to losing a very dear friend who we all loved two years ago. It's a great quote with a powerful message that hit home hard when that happened.If you would like to connect with Silas, you can reach him at or at
Today's episode is a departure from the usual. It is one where it is me alone. However, I am not talking about a single quote today. Rather I am reading the first chapter of my new fiction book coming out later this month (November, 2020) called, Ultimate Team Player: Remington Reunites the Team. If you listened to episode 32, you heard a quote from the book, so you know a bit about the book. If you didn't hear that episode, when you listen to this one you will find out about the book. It is my first attempt at writing fiction, and it is the first book in a series that will follow a high school basketball player named Remington Roberts over the course of his career. I wrote it to teach a variety of lessons through sport in an entertaining (hopefully!) story. The book will be available on Amazon at Thanksgiving, 2020. Until then, here is Chapter 1, with a few more to follow in coming weeks.
Today we talk with Jud Damon, the Athletic Director at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. Jud discusses a quote that I have used with my teams since the mid-1980s when the movie it was in came out. It is such a powerful concept, and I think you will find it extremely helpful with your teams, your families, your jobs, and your life in general. 
We are back to the individual episode format where it is just me talking about a quote. And yes, you read that right - today's quote is from me. Following the lead of Alan Stein Jr. in last week's Episode 31, I decided to discuss a quote of my own this week. Actually, I didn't have any idea I was going to do this. But I am releasing my first fiction book ever next month, and right now I have a team of readers out there reading it. One of the readers emailed me with a quote from the book that he said was really impactful. I looked at the quote and thought, "He's got a point there. I think I'll talk about that quote on the podcast." So today you get to hear from me. Rather than have you read the quote here, listen to the episode to hear it.And if you're interested in finding out more about my new fiction book called Ultimate Team Player: Remington Reunites the Team, check out my new website in the next few weeks. I am in the process of switching over from Great Resources for Coaches to SlamDunk Success, and the new website should be up and running by mid-November of 2020.
In today's episode, we move back to the interview format. This one is a special treat for me, as I get to talk to a coach who I have followed online for many years. His name is Alan Stein, Jr.I first found Alan when he was a basketball skills trainer, and he was doing all kinds of videos for players and coaches to help improve their skills and performance. I used a variety of his strategies with my players and my teams. However, I also loved his messages of leadership and productivity for coaches. As he transitioned from basketball skills trainer to a trainer of coaches, CEOs, and leaders of any type, I found myself going back to him again and again.Alan talks about a quote in our conversation that is extremely powerful. It is also from a source unlike any other that we have had so far on the podcast, and I don't know if we will ever have another guest on the podcast who will have a quote from the same type of source that Alan's quote came from. (Now wasn't that an excellent tease to get you to listen?!)Alan is extremely active on all the social channels. He has written a book called Raise Your Game, and he also has his own podcast called the Raise Your Game Show that I highly recommend you check out. Finally, he has produced a couple of courses - one for athletes and one for coaches - on raising your personal productivity. You can find out more about Alan in the following places:Invest in Alan's new Your Game Plan coaching courseOpt-in to his content-heavy monthly emails (Full Time Out, 30 Second Time Out, and Overtime) on his websiteEngage with Alan on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedInEnjoy a consistent stream of new weekly content on his blog and his podcastOrder a copy of Raise Your Game (book or audiobook) 
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