Leaders and Teachers

There have been many great leaders and teachers in college athletics.  Maybe none is greater than legendary UCLA Basketball coach John Wooden.  If you have ever read any of his books, you instantly recognize how special Coach Wooden was in his time as a teacher.


Wooden never called himself a coach; he was always a teacher.  


A leader, particular a teacher or coach, has a most powerful influence on those he or she leads, perhaps more than anyone outside the family.  Therefore, it is the obligation of that leader, teacher, or coach to treat such responsibility as a grave concern.  I consider it a sacred trust:  helping to model character, instill productive principles and values, and provide a positive example to those under my supervision.  I like to think the players I coached, however they came to UCLA, left as men of character.

John Wooden


We are all somebody's coach and teacher.  What will your students learn by your example today?


Win the Day,