Best Inspirational Coaching Quotes
Soccer, Baseball, Basketball, Volleyball, Swimming, Hockey & All Sports

Below are some of my favorite coaching quotes from Lou Holtz and Vince Lombardi and a few tips about how to motivate players in soccer, basketball, baseball, volleyball, swimming, hockey and other sports. You can read 200 motivational quotes on SoccerHelp at Motivational Coaching Quotes 


Tip: The best motivational program is one that encourages every player to continually improvement. Offer all your players encouragement and positive reinforcement and reward them if they do the things you want. Your entire team will improve if you take this approach.


Tip: Success results from doing the right things with the right attitude.


Tip: To motivate players, the word "Brave" is better than "Aggressive" because everyone wants to be brave. We have a "B" patch for Bravery.


Tip: Our A patches are to motivate Attitude and our Happy Face patch can be given for anything that causes the coach to smile.

The first quote is one of my favorites and so true. Ability is only one part of being successful - motivation and attitude are also critical.

Ability is what you're capable of doing.
Motivation determines what you do.
Attitude determines how well you do it.
Lou Holtz

Give your players something they can physically do - don't ask them to do something they can't do. Lou Holtz, famous football coach and motivator

Coaches who can outline plays on a black board are a dime a dozen. The coaches who win are the ones who can motivate their players. Vince Lombardi

The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have. Vince Lombardi

It is a fine thing to have ability, but the ability to discover ability in others is the true test. Lou Holtz

Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence. Vince Lombardi

You're never as good as everyone tells you when you win, and you're never as bad as they say when you lose. Lou Holtz

Winners never quit and quitters never win. Vince Lombardi

Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing. Vince Lombardi

Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit. Vince Lombardi

We didn't lose the game; we just ran out of time. Vince Lombardi

The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall. Vince Lombardi

People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society. Vince Lombardi

It's easy to have faith in yourself and discipline when you're a winner. But if you want to be a winner you must have faith and discipline even when you're not a winner. Vince Lombardi

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will. Vince Lombardi

Life's battles don't always go to the stronger or faster man. Sooner or later the man who wins is the man who thinks he can. Vince Lombardi

The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That's real glory. That's the essence of it. Vince Lombardi

Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you're willing to pay the price. Vince Lombardi

Fatigue makes cowards of us all. Vince Lombardi

Football is like life - it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority. Vince Lombardi

Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work. Vince Lombardi

Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile. Vince Lombardi

Live as if you were living already for the second time. Vince Lombardi

Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. Vince Lombardi

The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender. Vince Lombardi

The leader can never close the gap between himself and the group. If he does, he is no longer what he must be. He must walk a tightrope between the consent he must win and the control he must exert. Vince Lombardi

The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand. Vince Lombardi

We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible. Vince Lombardi

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

Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it. Lou Holtz, football coach

I think everyone should experience defeat at least once during their career. You learn a lot from it. Lou Holtz

How you respond to the challenge in the second half will determine what you become after the game, whether you are a winner or a loser. Lou Holtz

If you burn your neighbors house down, it doesn't make your house look any better. Lou Holtz

If you're bored with life... if you don't get up every morning with a burning desire to do things... you don't have enough goals. Lou Holtz

It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it. Lou Holtz

No one has ever drowned in sweat. Lou Holtz

Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I'll show you someone who has overcome adversity. Lou Holtz