At a used book store recently, I purchased a copy of a book titled, “Gene Bess: College Basketball’s Winningest Coach”. I couldn’t tell much about the book as it was still in shrink wrap, but since it was basketball-related and I like to read … well, now I have it.
As I started reading the book, there is a spot in the first chapter where the author shares Coach Bess’ precepts for coaching. I want to share these with you because I think they are important rules and reminders for coaches.
As in the book, coach also “insists that his daily success in life depends on how well he manages the first one, the keystone.”
- Live every day in the center of God’s will
- Nourish and exercise your faith
- Maintain discipline and focus
- Build your team carefully
- Always adhere to the principles of teamwork
- Teach and lead by example
- Accept responsibility and teach responsible living
- Establish and observe your priorities
- Don’t let anyone outwork you (but save a little time for fishing!)
- Be flexible and grow with your game
- Keep yourself in condition
- Defend your team and your philosophy
- Never compromise your integrity
- Appreciate those who support you
Great, right?!? I think these are great precepts and can also be incorporated into your team philosophies and ‘rules’.