Successful programs consist of people working hard, working together, while never worrying about who gets the credit.— Don Meyer
The most wonderful Don Meyer quotes that are easy to memorize and remember
Complacency is the forerunner of mediocrity.
You can never work too hard on attitudes, effort and technique.
You build your program from the ideas of great coaches.
Recognize and reward players who put the team first, not just the gifted ones.
When you watch the game, be a student of the game.
Positioning, anticipation and technique create quickness. Therefore, you can always get quicker
It is foolish to expect a young man to follow your advice and to ignore your example.
Tough minded enough to do the necessary things--this is the epitome of what a team is.
Players who are late say that their time is more important than the team.
Your program must have an overriding purpose which is clearly visible and which teaches lessons beyond winning.
Shout praise and whisper criticism.
Winning a postseason game is like winning five regular season games.
There is just no feeling like it. Everything is magnified. Every free throw, turnover, shot and play.
If you are a good team, your offense is born on the defensive end.
You aren't going to win championships unless you make layups and free throws.
It doesn't cost nothing to be nice to people
There is nothing more important than rebounding... don't just give it lip service.
You can pick captains, but you can't pick leaders.
Whoever controls the locker room controls the team
When I go in for heart surgery, I want a full-time surgeon.
I don't want some guy who just does it part-time between rounds of golf. You want a guy who is doing it all the time and is always reading and learning about the most recent techniques.
Discipline and demand without being demeaning.
To be a team, you must be a family.
If it comes down to you or the program that decision was made long ago.
Plays are not as important as players, and players are not as important as teammates
You never realize the value of coaching until your children play for a coach
Simplify the game as much as possible. When you add, you must subtract.
Good shooters take the shots; best shooters take most of the shots.
Shared suffering: one guy messes up and everyone runs. One guy does well and everyone benefits.
We always need to be prepared and work hard in practice so we can be just like the farmer who has put that fourth cutting of hay in the barn. After he does that, he can feel good about what is going to happen the rest of the winter.
It doesn't matter where you coach, it matters why you coach.
Parents would rather have their son get all-state than his team win the state championship.
I have learned that peace is not the absence of trial, trouble, or torment but the presence of calm in the midst of them
The worst day coaching is better than the best day doing anything else
Quickness more than anything else should determine your amount of pressure on the ball.
It is not what you teach, but what you emphasize.
When the legs go, the heart and the head follow quickly behind.
Players must do what you want them to do in pressure situations.
Proper prior planning prevents pitiful poor performance.
Administrators are like pigs; don't wrestle with a pig because you both get dirty and the pig likes it.
We had 10 turnovers tonight. Each one gets worse as you go. It is like prior arrests: the 10th one may not have been that bad, but when you have had nine prior ones, it looks pretty bad.
A coach who is not teaching leads to the worst thing in a program -- players not learning.
Play off your great player... great teams have a go-to player and they play off of him.
The ability to rebound is in inverse proportion to the distance your house is from the nearest railroad tracks.
Anytime you get an award as a coach, you've got to be the ultimate fool to think it wasn't your assistant coaches and all the players responsible for the award.
In practice, don't just run basketball drills, teach the players how to play basketball.
If you want to thank me, go do something for somebody else
We painted a beautiful picture, but we just didn't finish it.
Finishing is the difference between a beautiful picture and a masterpiece.
Study people who can teach you how to deal with people.
Ten minutes after you lose that last game, you start working on next season.
You have to clean out the pig barn every week because you know your pigs are in there doing their jobs every day.
There is a lot of difference at McDonald's between the guy in the back making the fries and the manager up front who is running the place.