Quotes for Coaching: Following a Win

Success is more than just a trophy (Source: Danny Bollinger)
Success is more than just a trophy (Source: Danny Bollinger)

The final instalment in the Quotes for Coaching series from Functional Basketball Coaching is Quotes Following a Win. Winning a game is once piece of the puzzle in regards to building a good season. The last thing you want to happen as a coach is follow a good effort and win, with a loss. Sometimes praising the good performance, but keeping the eye on the road ahead is what is needed. Quotes can be a great way giving a positive feel to a comment while talking about the challenges ahead.


Below are some quotes to use with a team following a win:


  1. “Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work” – Bette Davis
  2. “You were born to be a player. You were meant to be here. This moment is yours” – Herb Brooks
  3. “Winning is a state of mind that embraces everything you do” – Bryce Courtney
  4. “Success demands singleness of purpose” – Vince Lombardi
  5. “The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph” – Thomas Paine
  6. “One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals” – Michael Korda
  7. “The man who wins may have been counted out several times, but he didn’t hear the referee” – H. E. Jansen
  8. “Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is” – Vince Lombardi
  9. “You have to do something in your life that is honorable and not cowardly if you are to live in peace with yourself” – Larry Brown
  10. “We become what we think about” – Earl Nightingale
  11. “An acre of performance is worth a whole world of promise” – Red Auerbach
  12. “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value” –Albert Einstein
  13. “To win without risk is to triumph without glory” Pierre Corneille
  14.  “Success is not to be measured by the position someone has reached in life, but the obstacles he has overcome while trying to succeed” – Booker T. Washington
  15. “Ever notice that people never say “It’s only a game” when they’re winning?” Ivern Ball
  16. “Champions keep playing until they get it right” – Billie Jean King
  17. “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right” – Henry Ford
  18. “Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all-time thing.  You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time.  Winning is habit.  Unfortunately, so is losing” – Vince Lombardi, American Football
  19. “If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride and never quit, you’ll be a winner. The price of victory is high, but so are the rewards” – Paul “Bear” Bryant
  20. “When you win, nothing hurts” – Joe Namath
  21. “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude” – Thomas Jefferson
  22. “Hard work doesn’t guarantee success, but improves its chances” – B. J. Gupta


Winning quotes are about preserving the effort and habits that lead to success. By using these quotes there is an opportunity to focus less on the outcome goal of winning, and more the process goals of how a team got there.

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Coach Riches has been working within the sport, business and education industries for many years. During this time he has built an extensive number of formal and informal qualifications. A firm believer in training and development designed to help people reach their full potential, relevant o their needs and functional to their industry environment.

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