It’s been a long time since Notre Dame football has been in the national spotlight like it has been in the last couple month and if you appreciate good coaching it’s hard not to be impressed by what Coach Brian Kelly has accomplished in South Bend.
It’s too bad they performed so poorly in the National Championship game and while that might take a little bit of wind out of his sail it’s hard to deny what kind of difference Coach Kelly has made during his short time with the Irish.
The last Notre Dame coach to win a National Championship at Notre Dame was master motivator Lou Holtz. Here are some coaching insights from Coach Holtz as printed in Pat William’s The Ultimate Coaches’ Career Manual.
- Think and act like the winner you are
- Teach and emphasize fundamentals, even to the point that it becomes boring
- Great teachers aren’t the ones who make life easy. They’re the ones who challenge you.
- My guiding life’s philosophy is to do what’s right and to avoid what’s wrong.
- No individual or team can perform under pressure without preparation
- Good things happen to those who refuse to be average and have a positive attitude
- Motivation is simple. Eliminate those who aren’t motivated.