”Losing a game is heartbreaking. Losing your sense of excellence or worth is a tragedy”. These words spoken by Joe Paterno, former head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions for 46 years, lost his game yesterday to lung cancer. However, to those who knew him or have been influenced by him over the last 46 years, know that he was an excellent coach, and a man of great worth.
Coach Paterno, nicknamed “JoePa”, held the record for the most victories by an NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision coach with 409 victories. He once said, “Believe deep down in your heart that you’re destined to do great things.” He inspired so many young men to believe the truth of this statement.
JoePa placed tremendous value on ethics and moral conduct from his team, and his philosophy was that excellence in both academics and athletics could be, and must be obtained. “When a team outgrows individual performance and learns team confidence, excellence becomes a reality”.
How can your team do what Joe Paterno knew was possible? Do you recognize the value of each team member? Do you take advantage of the strengths of individual team members, and use those strengths for the benefit of the team?
Excellence in coaching is the key to excellence in team performance. What changes will YOU make to achieve the title of “winningest coach”, as Joe Paterno did?