Coach Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old coach quotes, coach sayings, and coach proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

The effectiveness of a leader is best judged by the actions of those he guides.     

Bill Courtney

Coaches have to watch for what they don't want to see and listen to what they don't want to hear.

John Madden

Leaders should be reliable without being predictable. They should be consistent without being anticipated.     

Mike Krzyzewski

Don't tell me about your effort. Show me your results.

Tim Fargo

Once leaders embrace the role of coach, they realize the weight of leadership is now balanced between themselves and their direct reports.

Kenneth H. Blanchard

In all the research you do as a coach, studying other coaches and championship-type situations, you find that all those teams combined talent with great defense. You've got to stop other teams to win.     

Pat Riley

A life coach does for the rest of your life what a personal trainer does for your health and fitness.

Elaine Macdonald

Great coaches are visionaries. Great coaches instill, nurture, and encourage vision, then model and motivate surrender to it.     

Thomas G. Bandy

Coaches are aware of how to ignite passion and motivate people. They have an energy that is contagious and know exactly how to get their team excited.

Brian Cagneey

A great coach can lead you to a place where you don't need him any more.

Andre Agassi

For a football coach, there's nothing that matches the pain of a team not playing up to its capabilities.     

Joe Greene

A coach's greatest asset is his sense of responsibility - the reliance placed on him by his players.     

Knute Rockne

A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment     

John Wooden

No coach has ever won a game by what he knows; it's what his players know that counts.

Paul Bryant

Great coaches are great humanitarians. They really care for the athlete as people first and athletes second. This is paramount in gaining respect.     

Gordie Gillespie

A coach once told me there are four factors that determine a players' performance: his tactical awareness, his physical condition, his technical ability and his mental strength.

Gary Neville

As a coach you can influence the diet of your players. You can point out what is wrong.

Arsene Wenger

The best coaches really care about people. They have a sincere interest in people.


A coach is someone who tells you what you don't want to hear, who has you see what you don't want to see, so you can be who you have always known you could be.     

Tom Landry

Good coaching is about leadership and instilling respect in your players. Dictators lead through fear - good coaches do not.     

John Wooden

Everyone needs a coach. It doesn't matter whether you're a basketball player, a tennis player, a gymnast or a bridge player.

Bill Gates

Best coaches never tell their athletes that they are wrong.They rather focus on creating awareness.     

Abhishek Ratna

But as a coach I wanted to keep things from being too complicated.     

Bob Cousy

Successful coaches are visionaries. They have a picture of success set in their minds.     

Gavin McGinnis

Coach was going to make us do striders today, but I talked him out of it.     

Amanda Smith

As a coach, you need to cultivate an important character trait, which is your desire and passion to help and inspire others.

Lily Perkins

Coaches can talk and talk and talk about something, but if you get it on tape and show it to them, it is so much more effective.     

Larry Bird

The coach should be the absolute boss, but he still should maintain an open mind.

Red Auerbach

A good coach always coaches to a leader's potential, not his current level of performance. A good leadership coach will see the potential in you and inspire you accordingly.     

Andy Stanley

A leader or mentor gives credit to others when things go right, and accepts the blame when things go wrong.

Bill Courtney