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"Teamwork: The fuel that produces uncommon results in common people."

- Anonymous

"Extra discipline makes up for a lack of talent. And a lack of discipline quickly siphons away extra talent. That's why it's frequently the most disciplined rather than the most gifted rise to the top".

- Unknown

"Success is setting a goal and accomplishing it.  Significance is understanding how the goal was accomplished.  We want to be significant."

- Matt Rogers

"Tradition never graduates."

- Scott Sieling

"Basketball is a game that gives you every chance to be great, and puts every pressure on you to prove that you haven't got what it takes. It never takes away the chance, and it never eases up on the pressure."

- Coach Bob Sundvold

"When you have the attitude of a champion, you see adversity as your training partner."

- Conor Gillen

"In life you are given two ends, one to think with the other to sit on.  Your success in life depends on which end you use the most.  Heads you win, tails you lose."

- Conrad Burns

"Remember this, the choices you make in life, make you"

- John Wooden

"What to do with a mistake--recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it."

- Dean Smith

"There are two pains in life, the pain of discipline, and the pain of regret.  Take your choice"

- Unknown

"If you think small things don't matter, think of the last game you lost by one point."

- Unknown

"The Harder you work the harder it is to surrender."

- Unknown

"Professional coaches measure success in rings.  College coaches measure success in championships.  High School coaches measure success to titles. Youth coaches measure success in smiles."

- Paul McAllister, Youth Coach

I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand.

- Chinese Proverb

"Perfection is not attainable but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence"

- Unknown Irish Coach

"Be more concerned with your character than your reputation."

- John Wooden

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.

- Henry Ford

"Discipline builds winners, Winners stay disciplined!"

- Ed McAllister

"Champions never complain, they are too busy getting better."

- unknown

"There are really only two plays; Romeo and Juliet, and put the darn ball in the basket."

- Abe Lemons

"A Loser says, "Well at least I tried!" When in reality, at most he tried; A Winner doesn't have to say it, he just does a doer, not a tryer.."

- Randy E. Johnson

"Always keep an open mind and a compassionate heart."

- Phil Jackson

"Don't tell me how good you are, show me!"

- Jack Michels Sr., HS Coach

"The harder I work the luckier I get."

- Unknown


"Success is that place in the road where preparation meets opportunity."

- Branch Rickey


"They say that nobody is perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they'd make up their minds"

- Wilt Chamberlain

"Attitudes are contagious...Is yours worth catching?"

- Unknown

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit"

- Aristotle

"The only statistics worth keeping can't be measured"

- Angus Heaps

"Excellence is the unlimited ability to improve the quality of what you have to offer."

- Rick Pitino

"What you are as a person is far more important that what you are as a basketball player"

-John Wooden

"Winning is about having the whole team on the same page"

-Bill Walton

"It doesn't matter who scores the points, it's who can get the ball to the scorer"

-Larry Bird

"The only important shot you take is the next one.  Because no matter how hard you try, that is the only one you can still have an effect on!"

-Jason Bumblis

"The idea is not to block every shot.  The idea is to make your opponent believe that you might block every shot."

-Bill Russell


"nothing will work unless you do."

-John Wooden


A Spelling Lesson: "Unity begins with you."

-Armilando Evora


"90% of the game is played above the shoulders."

-Jim Geddes


"If you pay attention to the won't be long before you join them."



"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."

-John Wooden


"Don't give up, don't ever give up."

-Jim Valvano


"Having a great game is not the result of spontaneous combustion.  You have to light yourself on fire."

-Thomas Luebbe


"You don't demand respect, you earn it."

-Steve Seidler


"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."

-Henry David Thoreau


"Great teamwork is the only way we create the breakthroughs that define our careers."

-Pat Riley


"Players are made in the off season, teams are made during the season."



"We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sail."

-author unknown


"Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It's courage that counts."

-John R. Wooden


"The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have."

-Vince Lombardi


"Coaches build teams, parents build players."

-Charles Smyth


"It takes no talent to hustle."

-Hans Schmidt


"The best teams have chemistry.  They communicate with each other and they sacrifice personal glory for the common goal."

-Dave DeBusschere


"Victory or defeat is not determined at the moment of crisis, but rather in the long and unspectacular period of preparation."

-from an old textbook


"Be strong in body, clean in mind, lofty in ideals."

-Dr. James Naismith, the father of basketball


"It's what you learn, after you know it all, that counts."

-John Wooden

"My responsibility is getting all my players playing for the name on the front of the jersey, not the one on the back."

- Author Unknown

"The difference between an extraordinary player and an ordinary player is that little extra."

- Michael Burks

"It is not how big you are, it is how big you play."

- Unknown

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last update: 12/09/2008