I have always been a big fan of Tom Izzo and the way he runs Michigan State’s men’s basketball program. He has established a very specific culture where his players are expected to play hard, physical and unselfish.
Incoming freshmen know the expectations before they ever step onto the court and those same standards are enforced every single day.
One of the things that Coach Izzo does to constantly remind his team of the culture they have established is to have the initials “PP” and “TPW” prominently displayed on each locker where each player can see them every day.
“PP” stands for Players Play. They don’t try to coach, complain, wish things were easier or make excuses. They just play.
“TPW” stands for Tough Players Win. Once a measure of toughness is added, players have a chance to make an impact and to win games.
It’s a philosophy and a culture that has worked for Izzo and the Spartans for years and doesn’t show any sign of slowing down any time soon.