- We Do. They Do. We Are. They Are.
- You’re the President…Like It or Not
- Countless Stars, 5000 Visits, and 25 Things I Know
- The Use of Fair as a Verb
- Motivation vs. Inspiration
- How Much Do We Love?
- What Did You Get Better At Today?
- The Buck Stops Here: Responsibility
- The Process: Knowing vs. Doing
- The Process: Knowing vs Doing Part 2
- The Process: Knowing vs Doing Part 3
- The Process: Knowing vs Doing Part 4
- The Process: Knowing vs Doing Part 5
- Thoughts on Giving
- The Process: Knowing vs Doing Part 6
- Passing is Communication
- Why We Succeed or Fail?
- It Is Just a Game After All
- Coaching with the Phrase “I Need”
- Winner, Loser, or the Majority
- Becoming a Good Coach
- Are They Going to Offer Me?
- Give like the Sun
- Holding Players and Ourselves Accountable
- Confidence is Up To You
- “Hustle”: Top 10 Truths
- Take a Step of Faith
Where does the buck stop for you? Where do you point the finger? Where do you put the blame? Where does the responsibility lie?
As a head coach and as a coaching staff, it is our responsibility to accept fault for every failure and give away the credit for every success. It is much easier to point fingers than it is to look in the mirror. Players are not responsible for the schedule. They are not responsible for recruiting their teammates. They are not responsible for the practice plan. They are not responsible for the organizational structure of the team.
Our shoulders carry this burden. It is not the team’s fault if we schedule a team that we aren’t capable of beating. It is not the team’s fault if we don’t recruit talented players into the program. It is not the team’s fault if we don’t plan or execute a good practice. It is not their problem if they are allowed to consistently make the same mistakes. Granted, there are a lot of things that are in the players’ control and outside of my control. However, we can hold players accountable for those things and help them learn how to make good decisions on and off the court.
I will never score a point or grab a rebound from the bench. I will never shut down the opponent’s leading scorer or rotate over and take a charge. However, I can surely make a bad substitution or call a time out at the wrong time. I can definitely fail to change defenses or call a certain play. I can certainly say the wrong things at halftime or recruit a bad apple that can spoil the team. I can choose to tolerate a lack of effort or execution. I firmly believe players win games, and coaches lose games, not some of them — all of them.