& Coaching Quotes
takes physical toughness to create mental toughness...You and I
understand that you've got to get up and go do a job every day.
You are accountable to that job. If you don't do it, you get fired.
Well, young people haven't faced that accountability, and so it's
our job as coaches to put that pressure on them so they understand
their responsibilities...to understand what their assignments are
so that we can win...."
Ernie Kent, Coach of UO Men's Basketball Team
is the key to a long and healthy life. Many people have the wrong
perception of it. Wellness is from the neck up, and fitness from
the neck down. Too many people work out every day, but go around
with the worst attitudes, which just wastes all their physical efforts."
Reader's comment sent in to Bob Welch, columnist for The Register-Guard,
Eugene, Oregon (2/5/04)
don't have to be a stud to be a good wrestler...I recruited everybody
because anybody can get to a level where they're able to compete
if they're willing to put in the time."
Scott Cardwell, former Oregon State wrestler and Wrestling Coach
for Springfield High School in Springfield, Oregon
are no shortcuts to any place worth going."
the hard training phase never be afraid to take a day off. If your
legs are feeling unduly stiff and sore, rest; if you are at all
sluggish, rest; in fact, if in doubt, rest."
you don’t have confidence, you’ll always find a way not to win."
only ever grow as a human being if you're outside your comfort zone."
away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people
always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too,
can become great."
is only through work and strife that either nation or individual
moves on to greatness. The great man is always the man of mighty
effort, and usually the man whom grinding need has trained to mighty
Theodore Roosevelt, in a speech about Grant, delivered at Galena,
Illinois, April 27, 1900
can't really be strong until you see a funny side to things."
trees, if they grow at all, grow strong."
turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover
the core of strength within you that survives all hurt."
fifty times the strength and staying power of brawn and muscle."
effort -- not strength or intelligence -- is the key to unlocking
an animal of yourself relieves the pain of being a man."
you train hard, you'll not only be hard, you'll be hard to beat."
have always been regarded as a mad trainer. The older, the madder."
Juha "the Cruel" Väätäinen
one is just to gain a passion for running. To love the morning,
to love the trail, to love the pace on the track. And if some kid
gets really good at it, that's cool too."
tell the kids to have 'wide eyes,' to run light as a feather, to
get high on their toes, and to dig deep, dig deep, dig deep! Dwell
on the positive, but have controlled, passionate anger."
great coach is an artist. You have to be creative, and you have
to capture enough kids to create your artwork."
tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will
surprise you with their ingenuity."
George S. Patton, War As I Knew It
be strong, think big!"
attack a hill from the very bottomit's bigger than you are!"
Harry Groves, Penn State Coach
more I train, the more I realize I have more speed in me."
are those frightening things that become visible when we take our
eyes off our goals."
you will believe me, you who are young, yours is the golden season
of life. As you have heard it called, so it verily is, the seed-time
of life; in which, if you do not sow, or if you sow tares instead
of wheat, you cannot expect to reap well afterwards, and you will
arrive at little. And in the course of years when you come to look
back, if you have not done what you have heard from your advisers,—and
among many counsellors there is wisdom,—you will bitterly repent
when it is too late."
Thomas Carlyle, Inaugural Address at Edinburgh University
the midst of your zeal and ardour,—for such, I foresee, will rise
high enough, in spite of all the counsels to moderate it that I
can give you,—remember the care of health. I have no doubt you have
among you young souls ardently bent to consider life cheap, for
the purpose of getting forward in what they are aiming at of high;
but you are to consider throughout, much more than is done at present,
and what it would have been a very great thing for me if I had been
able to consider, that health is a thing to be attended to continually;
that you are to regard that as the very highest of all temporal
things for you [Applause]. There is no kind of achievement you could
make in the world that is equal to perfect health. What to it are
nuggets and millions?"
Thomas Carlyle, Inaugural Address at Edinburgh University
the whole, I would bid you stand up to your work, whatever it may
be, and not be afraid of it; not in sorrows or contradictions to
yield, but to push on towards the goal."
Thomas Carlyle, Inaugural Address at Edinburgh University
thou great things, seek them not."
Wise saying quoted by Thomas Carlyle, Inaugural Address at Edinburgh
would fain be victor at the Olympic games, you say. Yes, but weigh
the conditions, weigh the consequences; then and then only, lay
to your hand—if it be for your profit. You must live by rule, submit
to diet, abstain from dainty meats, exercise your body perforce
at stated hours, in heat or in cold; drink no cold water, nor, it
may be, wine. In a word, you must surrender yourself wholly to your
trainer, as though to a physician."
Epictetus, (c.A.D. 50–c.A.D. 138)
Truth is that Running Hurts. No one gets faster without meeting
their personal pain barrier straight on. No amount of junk miles,
fun runs or affirmations are going to get you over the hill at the
five mile mark in a 10k. However, what will pull you through is
solid prep with hard hill runs and interval work."
Manciata's explanation of the Truth about Running
always believe in going hard at everything, whether it is Latin
or mathematics, boxing or football, but at the same time I want
to keep the sense of proportion. It is never worth while to absolutely
exhaust one's self or to take big chances unless for an adequate
object. I want you to keep in training the faculties which would
make you, if the need arose, able to put your last ounce of pluck
and strength into a contest. But I do not want you to squander these
Theodore Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt’s Letters to His Children
is no need to be a prig. There is no need for a boy to preach about
his own good conduct and virtue. If he does he will make himself
offensive and ridiculous. But there is urgent need that he should
practise decency; that he should be clean and straight, honest and
truthful, gentle and tender, as well as brave. If he can once get
to a proper understanding of things, he will have a far more hearty
contempt for the boy who has begun a course of feeble dissipation,
or who is untruthful, or mean, or dishonest, or cruel, than this
boy and his fellows can possibly, in return, feel for him."
Theodore Roosevelt, The Strenuous Life (1900)
greatest treadmill running song, of course, is 'Black Dog' from
Led Zeppelin IV."
Pete Pfitzinger, American distance runner who in 1984 had the lead,
lost the lead in the last mile and reclaimed the lead to win the
marathon at the Olympic Trials. Eleventh place finish in 2:13:53
at Los Angeles Olympics.
and high-performance trainers understand now that the concept of
110 percent is no longer a smart way to train. Fitness is like the
blade of a knife; you want to sharpen it without ruining the blade.
Give 110 percent, and you won't build your body up, but actually
break it down. And be no good to yourself or anyone else."
Sally Jenkins, Sports Columnist for The Washington Post writing
about Korey Stringer's death due to heatstroke.
remember this: No one ever won the olive wreath with an impressive
I urge you to go on to your greatness if you believe it is in you.
Think deeply and separate what you wish from what you are prepared
I talk to athletes, the more convinced I become that the method
of training is relatively unimportant. There are many ways to the
top, and the training method you choose is just the one that suits
you best. No, the important thing is the attitude of the athlete,
the desire to get to the top."
is principally an act of faith. The athlete must believe in its
efficacy; he must believe that through training he will become fitter
and stronger; that by constant repetition of the same movements
he will become more skillfull and his muscles more relaxed...He
must be a fanatic for hard work and enthusiastic enough to enjoy
Franz Stampfl from On Running, 1955
at or near capacity is the best way I know of reaching a true introspective
state. If you do it right, it can open all kinds of inner doors."
Al Oerter, won Olympic Gold in Discus four times.
coaches kind of criticize my short gait, and it's so funny, because
as a little 5-year-old, when I won my first race, I had this huge,
gaping gait and I wore these boots. I still have a picture of it
on my window sill. You can see my stride -- it's a mile long. My
dad had me do these drills while I was running to school, and just
on the field, he's like, 'Sprinters need to have quick steps. You
need to get as much turnover as possible,' and he had me do these
drills, like, 'Dah-dah dah-dah dah-dah dah-dah' as quick as I could
go, and I, like, really consciously shortened my gait. I still remember
this as a little kid, thinking, 'OK, to be a sprinter, I need to
have a short gait.' I was a very driven kid, and I had much discipline,
and I'd do anything to improve."
Gabe Jennings on his early training
I visualize a quicker, like almost a ghost runner, ahead of me with
a quicker stride. It's really crazy. In races, this always happens
to me. I see the vision of a runner ahead of me, maybe just 15,
20 meters ahead of me, and the cadence of that runner, which is
actually me in the future, is a little quicker, so if I'm going
(his rhythm/breathing), then my ghost runner, the vision of me,
ahead of me, like opening up and just going for it, is quicker.
It's like (quicker rhythmic noises)."
Gabe Jennings on technique
is discontentand discontent is the first necessity of progress.
Show me a thoroughly satisfied manand I will show you a failure."
Thomas Alva Edison
failures denote uncommon strength. A weakling has not enough grit
to fail thrice."
Minna Thomas Antrim
then, whether you are tall and thin or short and stocky whether
they laughed at you at home (where they are often unkind) or at
school (where they are mostly blind, anyway). Indeedto
hell with the lot of them if you 'feel' you can do it."
be stupid, you can't do that."
"Yes I can, anything is possible."
"We told you that you couldn't do it."
"At least I tried, you bastards."
R.P. McMurphy 's exchange with other patients of a lock down hospital
mental ward as he strains to pull a drinking fountain off a wall
to smash through a window for escape in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's
Nest by Ken Kesey (the movie starring Jack Nicholson).
fun is it? Why all that hard, exhausting work? Where does it get
you? Where's the good of it? It is one of the strange ironies of
this strange life that those who work the hardest, who subject themselves
to the strictest discipline, who give up certain pleasurable things
in order to achieve a goal, are the happiest..."
Brutus Hamilton, Coach of Olympic Track Team, 1952 Helsinki Olympics
the coach cannot do it, he cannot 'teach' itonly talk about
not interested in athletics, I'm only interested in achievement.
Fix your goal and work for it."
to Herb Elliott.
was out training one black night when I heard a noise. I turned
around and saw a leopard. I threw some stones at him and he went
away, so I went on my way."
Filbert Bayi, on training in Tanzania (see The
Rage on his run-in with a cougar)
most challenging aspect of the decathlon is not the events themselves,
but how you train to become the best 100-meter runner you are on
the same day that you're the best 1,500-meter runner."
has limits on the time they can devote to exercise, and cross-training
simply gives you the best return on your investment--balanced fitness
with minimum injury risk and maximum fun."
training partner's name is pain. You start out trying to ignore
him. Can't do it. You attempt to reason with him. No way. You try
to strike a bargain. Hah. You plead. You say "Please stop, please
go away. I promise never ever to do this again if you just leave
me alone." But he won't. Pain only climbs off if you do. Then you're
a player does best, he should practice least. Practice is for problems."
generally like running. I believe in training by rising gently up
and down from the bench."
want to do is drink beer and train like an animal."
idiot can train himself into the ground; the trick is working in
training to get gradually stronger."
five S's of sports training are: stamina, speed, strength, skill,
and spirit; but the greatest of these is spirit."
introduction of resistance in form of sand and hill is too important
to be ignored."
you die, I will bury you in the sandhills with all the other runners."
jump was imperfect, my run-in was too short and my hands were too
far back at takeoff. When I manage to iron out these faults, I am
sure I can improve."
Sergei Bubka (first
pole vaulter to clear 20 feet)
I'm warming up and look across at the guy...I can tell if he is
a good wrestler...
(but) I know there is no way he trained as hard as me."
"Most people beat themselves, and I used to do that."
Jake Ballard of Oakridge, Oregon
(31-1 Record as a Senior Wrestling for Oakridge High School, 1999-2000)
some advice that My Running People should have no problem incorporating
into their training regimen...even before we get to the track...
"...At the track, make sure to avoid sprinting off the line
like Michael Johnson..."
Terry Mulgannon, Outside Magazine