I recently read the book ‘Called to Coach’ by Bobby Bowden. Here’s a story from the book to add to your stack of motivational stuff:
What did our 1993 national championship team and 1999 national championship team do that was in common? They held the rope!
What does holding the rope mean? You are hanging from the edge of a cliff five hundred yards in the air. The only thing between you and falling to the ground is a piece of rope with the person of your choice on the other end.
Who do you know that you can trust enough? Who do you know who has enough guts to withstand rope burn, watch blood drip from his hands, and still not let go?
Look around and ask, ‘Who can I trust to hold the rope?’ Who will let his hands bleed for me? If you can look at every member of your team and say they will hold the rope, then your team will win!
~from ‘Called To Coach’ by Bobby Bowden
‘Called to Coach’ was a good read from Coach Bowden. He gives a nice insight into his life and career as a coach. There are also plenty of coaching tidbits and tips that any coach can learn from. It’s certainly worth a read.
On a side note, I’ll be giving away a copy of ‘Called to Coach‘ during the June 2011 Hoops U. Insider Monthly Giveaway. The giveaway is a special bonus to Insider members where I give away a basketball coaching related product each month to a lucky member. You can learn more about the Hoops U. Insider Giveaway here.