Coaches Sayings and Quotes

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

A good coach passes on information quickly. They do not hold back information that affects my job.     

Catherine Pulsifer

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 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

The Coach does not play in the game, but the Coach helps the players identify areas to improve their game.     

Lord Byron

Teachers spend most of their daytime hours with children. Teachers at every level, coaches, counselors, cafeteria workers and yes, custodians, spend their hours trying to make children's lives different, if not always better.     

Susan Straight

A mentor or a coach is often a good source of tough love. This type of person will often keep pushing you to perform at your best, even when you think you can't get any better.     

Ace McCloud

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

John Madden

A lot of coaches make it harder than it should be. Some are too hard on themselves, obsessing about controlling everything, not trusting their assistants, worrying about time.     

Jeff Fisher

The one thing coaches cannot tolerate... is the individual who grows arrogant because he excelled at a lower level and believes he has nothing else to learn.     

Zig Ziglar

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

Lily Perkins

Leaders empower individuals by building trust and coaching competence in their job roles and networking skills.     

Kenneth H. Blanchard

We push players beyond their limits and expectations every day. We ask them to take risks. Sometimes, as coaches, we have to remember to do that with our decisions, too.     

Jeff Fisher

Coaches will eventually notice a great attitude, and they respect that.     

Heather O'Reilly

People think that coaches are always right, but it's difficult to teach a runner how to run, because every runner is different. You have to have an understanding of how to assist what that runner has, so they know how to assist what you have without taking away your special ability, because you're not like anybody else.     

Jim Brown

Coaches do so much research about a referee because they believe refereeing is such a crucial part of the game that the result may hinge on what we say or do. They probably know more about me than I know myself!     

Alan Lewis

A good coach can change a game. A great coach can change a life.     

John Wooden

A coach needs to be able to capitalize on his knowledge of the needs, motivations, playing styles, and values of each member on the team. As a coach, you will use your knowledge of these people to meld them into a cohesive unit.     

Ace McCloud

A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.     

John Wooden

Every leader is different. Every bench is different. Every business is different. So while the complexities change, the work of coaching stays the same keep your clients at the center of the work, push them to use their strengths more and to temper their weaknesses, and illuminate blind spots because these are what really get in the way     

Stacy Feiner

Coaches will do what they can but it doesn't necessarily bother me. You are an international referee for a reason. If things like that are going to ruffle your feathers, don't bother doing the job.     

Alan Lewis

Professional managers, coaches, and players have a right to question an umpire's decision if they do it in a professional manner. When they become personal, profane, or violent, they have crossed the line and must be dealt with accordingly.     

Jim Evans

Coaches don't sleep for a reason. They don't sleep because it's a danger zone every night. Very seldom do you ever get two or three days off... The lifestyle of coaching in the NBA is a tremendous challenge that gives you tremendous highs but also tremendous lows.     

George Karl

Coaches who have been players in the league, they get so attuned to playing how they were successful and who their coaches were.     

Jerry West

There's a saying in my business that there are two kinds of coaches - those who have been fired and those who haven't been fired yet. That's kind of like prostate cancer. Every man will have it if he lives long enough.     

Bobby Bowden

A coach is a leader who is followed willingly, without having to drag people along.     

Brian Cagneey

As coaches, any work you may do, it's been done long ago.     

Dan Quinn

A coach should never be afraid to ask questions of anyone he could learn from.     

Bobby Knight

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

Gavin McGinnis

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

The test of a good coach is that when they leave, others will carry on successfully.     


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

John Madden

Very good coaches for ski jumpers stand at the top of the slope and watch the jumpers prepare, rather than standing at the bottom and watching them land.     

Roland Joffe

Coaches who let a championship team back off from becoming a dynasty are cowards.     

Pat Riley

As coaches say, it's about finding your role. We're coming together as a team.     

Brock Osweiler

Coaches know that a parent publicly scolding his kid after a race will not help the athlete perform better.     

Don Kardong

Coaches have got to be given rank within the university so that you can't fire a coach unless you go through an academic committee, just as you would with a professor. If coaches are to have any stability and security, they need to be treated like an English professor.     

Joe Paterno

A coach helps and encourages others get results.     


What makes a good coach? Complete dedication.     

George Halas

A truly great coach does not tell people that they are a truly great coach.     

Ellis Byrd

Coaches in the office do not teach accountants how to balance ledger books, and they do not aim to teach secretaries how to use letter heads - no. Rather, they have a way of beginning a sort of informal conversation between them and the employees, where they get to appreciate the prevailing challenges.     

I. Madison

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


As coaches, we usually have plenty of changes from one year to the next. Sometimes it seems like it's at one position. Sometimes it's across the board. But this is really a part of every year that we have in coaching in the NFL.     

Josh McDaniels

Coaches are an integral part of any manager's team, especially if they are good pinochle players.     

Earl Weaver

Coaches who can outline plays on a black board are a dime a dozen. The ones who win get inside their player and motivate.     

Vince Lombardi

Coaches can teach you two things: confidence and technique.     

Didier Drogba

But as coaches, we need to get a little more fire and passion and be more demanding that our guys get the job done. I think players will respond to that, and we'll see.     

Steve Spurrier

Good human-relations skills have the ability to change people from managing others to leading others.     

John Rampey

A coach can play a number of roles - mentor, consultant, motivator, but one thing she (or he) is not a therapist. Coaching deals with the "how": how you can move on from where you are and make change. It's action-oriented, and concerned with the present and future, not the past.     

Shape Magazine

People always get confused. They talk about coaches. The reality is, these coaches and managers that everybody thinks are in so much control, they work for us. They're our employees.     

Daniel Cormier

A good coach will make his players see what they can be rather than what they are.     

Ara Parasheghian