Coaching Sayings and Quotes

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

All coaching is, is taking a player where he can't take himself.     

Bill Mccartney

To be successful in coaching you have to treat your team like a family. The leader needs backing from everyone.     

Morgan Wootten

Selecting the right person for the right job is the largest part of coaching.     

Phil Crosby

Coaching is nothing more than eliminating mistakes before you get fired.     

Lou Holtz

I learned this about coaching: You don't have to explain victory and you can't explain defeat.     

Darrell Royal

Coaching helps you take stock of where you are now in all aspects of your life, and how that compares to where you would like to be.     

Elaine Macdonald

The better the coaching has become, the worse the game has become.     

Scotty Bowman

Coaching really is an individual philosophy.     

Mark Messier

Coaching is a profession of love. You can't coach people unless you love them.     

Eddie Robinson

The purpose of training is to tighten up the slack, toughen the body, and polish the spirit.     

Morihei Ueshiba

It's all to do with the training: you can do a lot if you're properly trained.     

Queen Elizabeth

The best training program in the world is absolutely worthless without the will to execute it properly, consistently, and with intensity.     

John Romaniello

Training gives us an outlet for suppressed energies created by stress and thus tones the spirit just as exercise conditions the body.     

Arnold Schwarzenegger

An individual step in character training is to put responsibility on the individual.     

Sir Robert Baden-Powell

The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.     

Mark Van Doren

Training is all-encompassing and should be related to everything a unit does, or can have happen to it.     

Arthur Collins

Training is such a vital part of preparation for a game, you really do train to play. It tops up your ability, like sharpening a carving knife. You can get away with not doing it for a while, as long as you have reached a certain standard of fitness.     

Graeme Le Saux

Coaching is an action, not a title and actions result in successes!     

Byron & Catherine Pulsifer

Coaching doesn't start with X's and O's. It starts with believing that players win games and coaches win players.     

Bill Courtney

Coaching is unlocking a person's potential to maximize their own performance. It is helping them to learn rather than teaching them.     

Timothy Gallwey

Good coaching may be defined as the development of character, personality and habits of players, plus the teaching of fundamentals and team play.     

Clair Bee

Does coaching work? Yes. Good coaches provide a truly important service. They tell you the truth when no one else will.     

Jack Welch

By not providing coaching to people after providing them with behaviorally-based skill training, we set them up for failure.     

Thomas Crane

Coaching is the most important servant leadership element in helping people accomplish their goals.     

Bill Hybels

Coaching is effective self-expression in the coach/client relationship so that you catalyze your clients' manifestation of their own desired outcomes.     

Patrick Williams

Coaching isn't an addition to a leader's job, it's an integral part of it.     

George S. Odiorne

Coaching is helping people grow without telling them what to do.     

Tony Stoltzfus

Coaching is not a natural way of life. Your victories and losses are too clear cut.     

Tommy Prothro

Coaching is people management- getting people to do what you want them to do and like doing it     


Coaching does not permit democracy.     

Jeff Brown