Top 381 Coach Quotes of 2020

“Because I came out as a singer, I took the time to get an acting coach.”

― Aaliyah

“I would be the worst acting coach ever, because I have no idea what I’m doing.”

― Aaron Douglas

“Assistant coaches become a little bit more buddies to the players than a head coach.”

― Adam Oates

“I was living in my coach’s basement.”

― Adam Rippon

“I was a director and dialogue and acting coach.”

― Adriana Barraza

“At Southampton, my dad was the academy coach at under-11 level.”

― Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

“I am a typed director. If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach.”

― Alfred Hitchcock

“When I was 6 or 7, my gymnastics coach looked at my quads and told the other coach to come over and see my quads. They were big then and still are. But I’ve kind of embraced it through the years.”

― Ali Krieger

“That’s the only thing that got me here is my teammates. My teammates and my coach. That’s the only reason I’m here.”

― Allen Iverson

“I came to Chelsea because one club and one coach believed in me.”

― Alvaro Morata

“Real Madrid needs a coach that knows the club and understands the values that it represents.”

― Alvaro Morata

“I know that us girls aren’t the easiest to coach.”

― Ana Ivanovic

“I don’t know what being an Everest guide means. I am a coach, not a guide.”

― Anatoli Boukreev

“This year my role is clear: I am a coach, a coach to sportsmen.”

― Anatoli Boukreev

“It’s the nature of basketball sometimes: every player and coach are going to have run-ins.”

― Andre Iguodala

“I don’t think I can coach.”

― Andre Iguodala

“The coach is the one who eventually decides who makes the starting XI.”

― Andre Schurrle

“I had a really fantastic dialect coach that I worked very well with, and I was constantly surprised by the different intonations that the Russian dialect has.”

― Andrew Scott

“Well, my mum’s been a tennis coach – she coached me till I was 12.”

― Andy Murray

“I am so thrilled about the opportunity to coach the Storm for years to come.”

― Anne Donovan

“I had a vocal coach. It’s a sad thing, but I had to hire someone so that I could get my Australian accent back.”

― Anthony LaPaglia

“When a new coach comes to a new club with new ways, new ideas, the players have to adapt.”

― Antonio Conte

“The burdens of being a head coach are different from being an assistant. If I had been an assistant coach for awhile, then become a head coach, I probably would have lasted longer.”

― Ara Parseghian

“You get different philosophies in coaching, usually depending on what position the coach himself played.”

― Ara Parseghian

“Van Gaal is the best coach I’ve had. We’ve got a very special relationship.”

― Arjen Robben

“Every new coach is interesting.”

― Arjen Robben

“When I came to PSV, I signed when Eric Gerets was coach there.”

― Arjen Robben

“Peterson was the most coachable athlete I have had in my life, and I coach many athletes.”

― Ato Boldon

“I’m a player, the coaches coach.”

― Austin Seferian-Jenkins

“I love Coach Koetter.”

― Austin Seferian-Jenkins

“I don’t want to be a Major League coach.”

― Barry Bonds

“Craig Nelson who is an actor and is in a show called Coach in the United States. We began to do some improvisational stuff and we used to get laughs and things.”

― Barry Levinson

“My father – who was a master sergeant and the toughest man I’ve even known – next to him, Coach Lombardi was a piece of cake.”

― Bart Starr

“No coach has ever won a game by what he knows; it’s what his players know that counts.”

― Bear Bryant

“I didn’t have a thing to do with picking a coach, and didn’t want to. But I didn’t think they’d pick one I didn’t like.”

― Bear Bryant

“I’m happy with the coach we have. I think any one of the ones I asked them to consider would’ve been good.”

― Bear Bryant

“If your coach ain’t got your back, who’s got your back?”

― Ben Askren

“I know I’m a really good coach.”

― Ben Howland

“So if the players trust the coach, it’s not a problem. If the players don’t trust the coach, it is a problem, and vice versa.”

― Bill Parcells

“If the players don’t trust the coach, it is a problem, and vice versa.”

― Bill Parcells

“The fans, with all due respect, they don’t affect the decisions I would make as a coach.”

― Bill Parcells

“A Michigan man is going to coach Michigan.”

― Bo Schembechler

“But as a coach I wanted to keep things from being too complicated.”

― Bob Cousy

“CrossFit is all about constantly-varied, high-intensity movements. And to do these movements, you have to have a certified coach to take you through this – or any type of physical activity.”

― Bob Harper

“When I looked at the third base coach, he turned his back on me.”

― Bob Uecker

“Even Spartacus needs a coach.”

― Breaux Greer

“It’s not any one person. It’s not any one coach. It’s the team.”

― Brian McBride

“You do have demons throughout the week; every coach does.”

― Brian McDermott

“You are only as good as the coach thinks you are.”

― Brian Williams

“I have tremendous respect for coach Gary Kubiak. I love that guy.”

― Brock Osweiler

“Coach Knapp is a tremendous quarterbacks coach.”

― Brock Osweiler

“With all due respect to Coach O’Brien and Coach Godsey, I’ve told them I’m going to be me.”

― Brock Osweiler

“I love working with Coach O’Brien, Coach Godsey, and they are terrific football coaches.”

― Brock Osweiler

“If I hadn’t been an actor, I would have been a coach, and I would have been a good one. All teaching is is communicating.”

― Burt Reynolds

“The quarterback is an extension of the coach and has a certain type of swagger mentality, on and off the field.”

― Cam Newton

“Many people have told me I could be a coach, but it doesn’t appeal.”

― Carles Puyol

“Behind every great athlete is a masterful coach that inspires the athlete to evolve into the strongest performer they can become.”

― Cathy Engelbert

“No one likes a change of coach.”

― Cesar Azpilicueta

“Your favorite coach is the one who constantly yells at you.”

― Chris Bosh

“No, I don’t want to coach. I don’t want to coach.”

― Chris Bosh

“I’m the only idiot the that decided to coach in my family.”

― Chris Mullin

“The better players you get, the better coach you are.”

― Chris Mullin

“When I’m older and my children have grown up, I would like to coach in the NBA.”

― Christian Laettner

“I bought into everything Coach K preached to us. His whole philosophy.”

― Christian Laettner

“It was definitely tough being the coach’s son.”

― Christian Pulisic

“I’ll always be a fan of coach Harbaugh. Not too sure about Michigan.”

― Colin Kaepernick

“Athletes are still exploited. If they blow out their knee, if they somehow don’t meet the mandates of a coach, they lose their scholarship. They don’t get their degree.”

― Cory Booker

“The main thing I do now is I coach kids, and all of these stories along the way are based in reality.”

― Craig Johnston

“I’m not going to apologize for having a great team and a great program and a bunch of committed guys, and Coach Saban is not, either.”

― Dabo Swinney

“I love the trips that I’ve experienced as a player and a coach.”

― Dabo Swinney

“I’m going to be the next head coach at Notre Dame.”

― Dan Devine

“I coach my mentees to act as if they are invincible – to act as if they could accomplish anything!”

― Dan Pena

“Marty Schottenheimer knows how to win, and that’s what Redskins fans demand in a coach.”

― Daniel Snyder

“I watch all my goals before every game on the coach.”

― Daniel Sturridge

“I started when I was six years old. My first coach was my granny, she was the best player in Slovakia.”

― Daniela Hantuchova

“I love my relationship with Coach Vermeil because it is one of the few genuine relationships that I have.”

― Dante Hall

“I knew that when I resigned from the University of Texas that I would never coach again.”

― Darrell Royal

“You coach to your personality.”

― David Fizdale

“I’m not coach D’Antoni. I have to coach to my version of pace-and-space. We all steal from each other, but a lot of us have stolen from him.”

― David Fizdale

“I knew as an assistant coach it wasn’t my place to overstep the head coach.”

― David Fizdale

“My first career was as a coach and a teacher.”

― David Friedman

“Every coach has his own philosophy.”

― David Luiz

“Mano Menezes is a fantastic coach, but Scolari is a fantastic coach, too, as well as being more experienced.”

― David Luiz

“Scolari is a fantastic coach, a fantastic man, and he is so transparent.”

― David Luiz

“I’ve always been my own hitting coach.”

― David Ortiz

“I missed the final of the World Championships in 2009, but I told the coach I would break the world record in 2010. Which I did. Then in 2011 I won the World Championships and now in 2012 it is the Olympics. That is how I have been working.”

― David Rudisha

“I chose Stanford for Stanford and not for the coach. I was going to Stanford regardless.”

― Devon Cajuste

“It’s not easy for a coach to deal with a player who is in slow decline.”

― Diego Forlan

“I’d give my life to be the national team coach.”

― Diego Maradona

“John Wooden made a name as a coach but also a life as a mentor.”

― Don Yaeger

“When I raced, I had great parents, even a greater coach and a nutritionist. I was never insecure.”

― Donovan Bailey

“Let them police themselves, and then it goes another step past them to my coaches and there a coach that is responsible for a different area and different category on the field.”

― Dusty Baker

“I am enjoying my time as Barnet coach, but I think I could do it in Serie A.”

― Edgar Davids

“Conte is a good coach, but I would steal his place on the bench.”

― Edgar Davids

“For every striker, it’s important to have the confidence of the coach.”

― Edin Dzeko

“The worst coach I have ever had was Roberto Mancini. I never liked his training methods.”

― Emmanuel Adebayor

“The best coach I have ever worked with is certainly Jose Mourinho. He has an unparalleled passion.”

― Emmanuel Adebayor

“I manage a team, for beach soccer. I’m the coach. Player, coach.”

― Eric Cantona

“She told me I wasn’t playing for the coach, I was playing for myself.”

― Eric Dickerson

“I don’t like to see any coach get sacked – not Lopetegui, not the Huesca coach, not the Granada coach, and, of course, not the Barca coach.”

― Ernesto Valverde

“I think that everyone expects Xavi to be a coach, and he has the profile to be at Barcelona or wherever he is.”

― Ernesto Valverde

“I would love to coach. I’m not saying I’m qualified to do it in the N.B.A., but I would love to try.”

― Fat Joe

“Speaking about Mourinho is always controversial, and there’s always some intrigue surrounding him. But he is an awesome coach who tries to take the maximum from each and every one of his players.”

― Filipe Luis

“You don’t have to be popular with the players to be a good manager or coach.”

― Francis Lee

“In the end, every coach wants the same – that’s to win.”

― Frank Rijkaard

“Mourinho is a great coach, and I respect the way he works.”

― Frank Rijkaard

“Often I’d say I understood the coach, then do my own thing on the field.”

― Frenkie de Jong

“I came to Roma because the president here and the coach have a great will to win, and that’s what I have, too.”

― Gabriel Batistuta

“A coach should be a person who is able to help a player mentally.”

― Garfield Sobers

“Irrespective of whether Anil Kumble is the coach or Ravi Shastri, what’s more important is that India wins.”

― Gautam Gambhir

“I truthfully think, a consistent coach over 30 years, probably, I’d rather be that than having one championship and mediocrity for years.”

― George Karl

“I’m not cut out to be a coach.”

― Gerard Pique

“It’s very special to be the coach of the best player in the world.”

― Gerardo Martino

“I didn’t make any mark on Barcelona. It was a blip in my career in terms of what I did as a coach.”

― Gerardo Martino

“I think it’s very important to have contact with the players that I will coach.”

― Gerardo Martino

“Often, there are fallacies when a journalist or a fan and sometimes even a coach who has never been a goalkeeper sees a cross in the six-yard box and says he should come out.”

― Gianluigi Buffon

“Every coach has a different style and approach.”

― Giannis Antetokounmpo

“I’m the seventh chancellor at Vanderbilt; Bobby Johnson is the 25th head football coach. That shows a lack of commitment to attract and retain.”

― Gordon Gee

“Let me just be very clear: I’m just hopeful the coach doesn’t dismiss me.”

― Gordon Gee

“That’s what you don’t see about coach Saban. He’s a very funny guy.”

― Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

“Having a head coach pushing you is definitely a plus.”

― Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

“If the coach is good, I don’t think a psychologist is needed.”

― Hansie Cronje

“How can a coach have any influence over a player that’s making over five times more than he is?”

― Hayden Fry

“Regarding Jose Mourinho, I hope I can learn a lot from him – he is a coach with a fantastic record.”

― Henrikh Mkhitaryan

“Governor is not the position to have in Oklahoma. It is the head coach of Oklahoma or Oklahoma State or Tulsa.”

― J. C. Watts

“I wanted to become a college coach. I got game films of all the good college coaches – Pete Newell at California, Eddie Donovan with St. Bonaventure, Ken Loeffler at LaSalle.”

― Jack Ramsay

“Coach K was fine with the way I played defense.”

― Jahlil Okafor

“There were so many things in Baltimore not many people know about. I had struggles with my pitching coach. A lot of guys did.”

― Jake Arrieta

“I loved playing for Coach Ambrose, and I definitely love playing for Coach Wright.”

― Jalen Brunson

“Stan Van Gundy is a top-five coach.”

― Jalen Rose

“That’s what we really mean by being feared on the football field. And not actually the player that fears him, it’s the offensive coordinator that fears him or the running backs coach.”

― Jamal Lewis

“When a coach loses a team… that’s when a coach is kind of done.”

― James L. Dolan

“I think it’s a requirement that the general manager and the coach are communicating with each other on a regular basis, and it’s unacceptable if they’re not.”

― James L. Dolan

“Ancelotti is a great coach, and we talk often.”

― James Rodriguez

“I just coach and get my guys ready.”

― Jason Kidd

“I’m a head coach. I’m not a politician, an activist, or an expert on societal issues.”

― Jeff Fisher

“Those that coach 10 years that take a year off are three times better coaches… in year 11.”

― Jeff Fisher

“Detroit Pistons basketball slogan: When the going gets tough, we fire the coach.”

― Jeff Van Gundy

“You don’t know a player until you coach him.”

― Jeff Van Gundy

“Often, organizations don’t know how good they have it with a player or coach.”

― Jeff Van Gundy

“I never lost the desire to coach.”

― Jeff Van Gundy

“Phil Jackson was a brilliant basketball coach, not just because of the offense that he employed, but it was so many other things that went into it.”

― Jeff Van Gundy

“The head coach is the chemist.”

― Jeffrey Lurie

“I take class at the Groundlings, and my personal coach is Lesley Kahn.”

― Jenn Proske

“When I was 12, I had a coach tell me I would never be a championship pitcher. That devastated me. I was crushed.”

― Jennie Finch

“If I had taken ‘Gilligan’s Island,’ I would never have gotten ‘Coach’ because I would have been established as Gilligan.”

― Jerry Van Dyke

“Pellegrini is a coach who has given a lot in every place he has been, with very nice football.”

― Jesus Navas

“The players do their thing on the pitch, and there’s a lot of young women or former players that want to coach.”

― Jill Ellis

“You coach to coach. You don’t coach to satisfy media, satisfy fans.”

― Jill Ellis

“I wanna be that glue guy: I want to be a guy my team and my coach can count on. That’s what I want to be.”

― Jimmy Butler

“Football is such a team sport, so no one individual does it. No one coach or no one assistant coach or no one player, it’s a great team sport, so I don’t get carried away with a bunch of accolades.”

― Jimmy Johnson

“Everybody needs a coach.”

― Joe Gibbs

“I’m just going to do my job, what coach wants me to do, be a defensive piece, and when needed to be a scorer, I’m going to be that.”

― Joel Embiid

“I had to find stories no one else was writing, so I got away from the quarterback and the coach. I’m still looking for stories no one else has written.”

― John Branch

“I’m not embarrassed about how we recruit, how we treat kids, and how we coach them.”

― John Calipari

“They want it all – all As, all wins by 20, and want the highest GPA. Don’t coach at Kentucky if you can’t accept that.”

― John Calipari

“The opportunity to coach Kerry Kittles I wouldn’t give up for anything.”

― John Calipari

“Some of the best kids I coach were raised by a grandmother who was so firm that they understood.”

― John Calipari

“All my best players have been really good guys, which means I can coach them.”

― John Calipari

“In ’92 I got my first coach and had it for two, three years. My wife hated it.”

― John Daly

“I have a lot of respect for Coach Arians.”

― John Dorsey

“I have a coach and I have a chiropractor, who works to keep me healthy. I pay their salaries. I pay for their flights as we travel around the world on a weekly basis, and I pay for their hotels and meals while we’re on tour.”

― John Isner

“I haven’t really worked with, like, a mental coach or anything.”

― John Isner

“The fewer rules a coach has, the fewer rules there are for players to break.”

― John Madden

“I’m sure that had I not been a coach, I would have been some form of a teacher.”

― John Madden

“It’s a lot easier to get a suit than it is to get a coach.”

― John Madden

“I was a coach, and I put a lot of education and experience into coaching.”

― John Madden

“That’s a dream of mine, to be able to coach at the NBA level.”

― John Starks

“Coach Calipari pushes his players, and that’s why his teams are successful.”

― John Wall

“A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.”

― John Wooden

“If I were a young coach today, I would be extremely careful in selecting assistants.”

― John Wooden

“I was very fortunate to have a wonderful woman as my voice coach when I started singing professionally. I was only 19, so now it’s been 60 years!”

― Johnny Mathis

“All it takes is one coach that believes in you.”

― Jon Gruden

“If I ever come back and coach, I’m never huddling again!”

― Jon Gruden

“When you’re the head coach, you coach 53 people, and their wives and their girlfriends and their families and all those people.”

― Jon Gruden

“I learned a lot from Al Davis, and I got a lot better as a coach.”

― Jon Gruden

“All I ever wanted to do was coach, ’cause I knew I wasn’t gonna be a player.”

― Jon Gruden

“I wasn’t the most well-liked person in Canton. I was a coach’s son who played quarterback. It was tough at times.”

― Josh McDaniels

“I’m the Real Madrid coach, and the demands are huge.”

― Julen Lopetegui

“When I travel, I always have about 40 pairs of skis with me, plus a ski technician and a ski coach.”

― Julia Mancuso

“I think that the Bayern coach is the second hardest job in Germany after the Chancellor.”

― Jupp Heynckes

“I have no ambition to become Germany coach.”

― Jupp Heynckes

“A coach must be at one with his players.”

― Jupp Heynckes

“Wenger is a great coach.”

― Jupp Heynckes

“After 50 years as a player and a coach, I will not become a functionary. That’s not my world.”

― Jupp Heynckes

“If the national coach lets decisions be made from outside, he’s lost the team.”

― Jurgen Klinsmann

“I like Seedorf. He is a good coach.”

― Kaka

“At some point in time I will be honored if I would be mentioned as a coach.”

― Karl Malone

“My acting coach makes the impossible accessible.”

― Karolina Kurkova

“When it comes to peaking at the right time, I have to thank my coach Mike Holmes: he is a genius.”

― Katarina Johnson-Thompson

“My high school coach was a bit of a jerk.”

― Keith Hernandez

“When I first got to Oklahoma, it was really a blessing that coach Sutton was at Oklahoma State. He made me a better coach.”

― Kelvin Sampson

“Sometimes Kellen calls me ‘Coach.’ Sometimes he calls me ‘Pops.’”

― Kelvin Sampson

“I don’t think the fans pull for or against a coach.”

― Kelvin Sampson

“I always talk about my dad because he was a coach, and I became a coach.”

― Kelvin Sampson

“Toughest job in baseball is the general manager. Second toughest is the hitting coach.”

― Ken Harrelson

“Mike D’Antoni is a great offensive mind. He’s a great coach.”

― Kenny Smith

“I was overwhelmed meeting him. I didn’t know what to say, I didn’t know whether to call him ‘Coach Russell,’ ‘Bill,’ or ‘Mr. Russell.’”

― Kenny Smith

“The Rockets have a philosophy of what they think their coach should be.”

― Kenny Smith

“I have no desire to coach basketball.”

― Kevin Johnson

“Teams usually take on the personality of the coach.”

― Khris Middleton

“A coach told my mum I had talent and I would make a very good skater.”

― Kim Yuna

“I might not have a conference championship or a national championship as a head coach, but I had the recruiting factor.”

― Kirby Smart

“One loss is good for the soul, Too many losses is not good for the coach.”

― Knute Rockne

“A coach’s greatest asset is his sense of responsibility – the reliance placed on him by his players.”

― Knute Rockne

“I don’t think a coach becomes the right coach until he wins a championship.”

― Kobe Bryant

“I worked with a mime coach. I did weapons training. I did weight training.”

― Kristanna Loken

“You need a long-term coach to be able to win.”

― Kristaps Porzingis

“A player senses when a coach loses confidence in him. That, more than anything, can throw a player.”

― Kyle Korver

“It’s very rare to find a basketball coach that gets both: that gets the Xs and Os and also gets life.”

― Kyle Korver

“A lot of rookies don’t come into the league and have that type of leeway that Coach Walton and his staff really gave me.”

― Kyle Kuzma

“I’m very grateful to Coach Saban.”

― Lane Kiffin

“There’s not a day goes by that I don’t ask, What would Coach Saban do?”

― Lane Kiffin

“My greatest inspiration is my coach, Maggie Haney.”

― Laurie Hernandez

“But I was still hoping to be able to coach and teach.”

― Lee Majors

“I started out wanting to coach football.”

― Lee Majors

“I am a coach on the outside of the establishment and that works.”

― Linford Christie

“Diego Simeone, the coach from Atletico Madrid, was a very strong player as a midfielder.”

― Lothar Matthaus

“The typical German coach wants things done one way – his way.”

― Lothar Matthaus

“Pep is not the best coach in the world. I prefer Mourinho. He is the No.1, because Mourinho is more transparent and more direct than Guardiola.”

― Lothar Matthaus

“I always thought I’d be a coach, but I’m still open to everything.”

― Lothar Matthaus

“I have no desire at all to become the winningest coach at Notre Dame. The record belongs to Knute Rockne or some other coach in the future.”

― Lou Holtz

“When I left the University of Notre Dame, I honestly felt I would never coach again.”

― Lou Holtz

“With Luis Enrique, I never expected he would become a coach. He was an intuition player; he didn’t speak with me about tactics.”

― Louis van Gaal

“I like it if a coach enjoys himself and is passionate.”

― Louis van Gaal

“Every coach wants to train Manchester United; it’s one of the biggest clubs in the world.”

― Louis van Gaal

“A player needs to focus on one thing to be successful, while a coach is thinking about the whole process.”

― Louis van Gaal

“I have nothing against Unai. I respect him. he is a very good coach.”

― Lucas Moura

“It’s difficult to be a coach.”

― Lucas Moura

“Every coach talks to their players. Imagine not talking to Lionel Messi – that would be ridiculous.”

― Luis Enrique

“Ernesto Valverde is a great coach.”

― Luis Enrique

“I think Arsenal would be good for a German coach.”

― Lukas Podolski

“Arsene Wenger is a good guy and a good coach.”

― Lukas Podolski

“It’s not just about a coach telling you what to do and just following it unthinkingly.”

― Lynn Davies

“My former coach, Simen Agdestein, used to be the best player in Norway.”

― Magnus Carlsen

“When I started to be a coach, I expected a lot – maybe too much – in terms of physical approach, tactics, and technique. There was too little emphasis on human relationships.”

― Manuel Pellegrini

“Any coach who’s managed a big club in Argentina can manage anywhere.”

― Manuel Pellegrini

“Whenever the coach gives me minutes, I’ll try to take advantage of them.”

― Marco Asensio

“Wooden was the coach for the UCLA Bruins, arguably the greatest sports coach we ever had.”

― Mark Frost

“I got to know Coach Wooden at the end of his life.”

― Mark Frost

“Really the team often will take on the personality of its coach.”

― Mark Messier

“There are times I might coach one or two workouts a year when the regular coach gets caught in traffic.”

― Mark Spitz

“When I arrived in L.A., I assumed I’d be able to put on the American accent. It proved difficult, so I had six months working with a dialect coach, and it’s become a habit.”

― Martin Henderson

“Players are saying, ‘I don’t have to have a coach who has only played a little bit. Instead, I can have somebody who won something’.”

― Martina Navratilova

“Gender is irrelevant. Certainly the tennis ball doesn’t know what the gender was of the tennis coach.”

― Martina Navratilova

“For six years, I was really on my own and did not have a coach.”

― Martina Navratilova

“I have always been convinced of my qualities and never doubted what I’m capable of, even if a coach is judged by his results.”

― Massimiliano Allegri

“To coach with your brother at any level is really special.”

― Matt LaFleur

“A quarterback has to trust the quarterback coach. And the quarterback coach has to trust him.”

― Matt Nagy

“I’m not going to be a coach or a director – they are not roles that I would like.”

― Mauro Icardi

“If you are the coach of a national team, you have to evaluate players based on what they do on the pitch.”

― Mauro Icardi

“Mourinho is a great coach. He has told me he believes in me, both in person but also publicly.”

― Memphis Depay

“I’m going to watch basketball regardless of whether I coach or watch it on TV.”

― Metta World Peace

“I came to L.A. when I was 19, and my two roommates were blue-eyed, blond dudes. I helped coach them, and they both landed pilots.”

― Michael Pena

“Being a conductor is kind of a hybrid profession because most fundamentally, it is being someone who is a coach, a trainer, an editor, a director.”

― Michael Tilson Thomas

“I call him ‘Daddy Coach.’ He’s taught me everything that he’s known so I’m able to do what I’m able to do.”

― Michelle Carter

“I had a dialect coach from the Royal Shakespeare Company who was from Sheffield.”

― Michelle Visage

“I will never coach again. I don’t want to, but I wouldn’t even if I did.”

― Mike Ditka

“My football do-over is when I went to Seattle and had both jobs as coach and general manager.”

― Mike Holmgren

“It’s special for me to coach the team Lombardi coached.”

― Mike Holmgren

“I’m a football coach. It seems the league is cyclical and hiring young guys… but experience in the NFL still means a heck of a lot.”

― Mike Holmgren

“It is the ultimate honor for a coach to be his country’s coach.”

― Mike Krzyzewski

“Of course you want to coach in the Bundesliga when you move into coaching.”

― Miroslav Klose

“I always accept the decisions of the coach.”

― Miroslav Klose

“I don’t have a coach. I haven’t had a coach for, like, years.”

― Nick Kyrgios

“You’ve got to coach with what you have and who’s available.”

― Nick Nurse

“One of the things I like to do is let the players play and the coaches coach.”

― Nick Nurse

“I’m not going to be the Alabama coach.”

― Nick Saban

“If you’re a coach, you’re a teacher.”

― Nick Saban

“Bill Belichick was probably the most organized coach that I’ve ever been involved with.”

― Nick Saban

“For me personally, Pep Guardiola is the best coach in the world.”

― Niko Kovac

“Just because a coach does not get out the clubs after a match but instead focuses on what he says, that’s not an indicator of cluelessness.”

― Niko Kovac

“A coach should not stir up headlines after a match.”

― Niko Kovac

“No, I’m not coaching. It’s a huge responsibility to coach somebody.”

― Oksana Baiul

“Up to nineteen seventy six when I quit gymnastics I was very, disappointed because I didn’t have anything which is, live with. I didn’t have a friend so I didn’t have a coach anymore.”

― Olga Korbut

“Ava DuVernay is my personal Phil Jackson. She’s a perfect coach.”

― Omar Dorsey

“It’s very likely that I will finish my career as Swiss national coach.”

― Ottmar Hitzfeld

“I have been very fortunate to coach marvellous teams, and it has been a great honour to work for Switzerland.”

― Ottmar Hitzfeld

“Thomas Tuchel is a coach who can work in the long-term.”

― Ottmar Hitzfeld

“The job as a coach is difficult.”

― Ottmar Hitzfeld

“I don’t like the idea of being a coach.”

― Paolo Maldini

“My father was a coach, so there was a lot of moving around, not having a base.”

― Paolo Maldini

“A rookie coach must be supported by a very strong structure and not get burned.”

― Paolo Maldini

“I watched Hiddink and Ferguson at close quarters, and I realized that I am not a coach.”

― Park Ji-sung

“Winning a ring is everybody’s goal, whether you’re a player or a coach.”

― Patrick Ewing

“The hardest thing to coach is scoring goals and creativity.”

― Paul Scholes

“I didn’t do it the traditional way of being an assistant first and then becoming a head coach.”

― Penny Hardaway

“I am not a coach for the tackles, so I do not train them.”

― Pep Guardiola

“What a footballer wants above all else is to win, regardless of who the coach is.”

― Pepe Reina

“But I haven’t met a player or a coach whose goal isn’t to win the Super Bowl.”

― Pete Rozelle

“During Wimbledon, I ate only rice and pineapple. My coach cooked for me. He made sweet rice.”

― Petra Kvitova

“It is for sure a big part of the coach’s job to make sure the tennis does not get neglected.”

― Petra Kvitova

“The head coach tells us what to do, and we follow his orders.”

― Peyton Manning

“Quarterbacks coach, I would do at Tennessee. Head coach? Absolutely not.”

― Peyton Manning

“There’s no shortcut to being a manager or coach.”

― Phil Neville

“I have the full confidence of the coach, and that’s extremely important to me.”

― Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

“Mourinho’s a great coach. He is ambitious and a winner.”

― Radamel Falcao

“The point guard is always the leader on the floor, regardless: the extension out there on the floor for the coach.”

― Rajon Rondo

“I’m an extension of the coach on the floor.”

― Rajon Rondo

“I might be out of the league if I didn’t have a guy like K.G. to show me the ropes and a coach like Doc Rivers.”

― Rajon Rondo

“Ask any player. You’re only as good as your coach allows you to be.”

― Rajon Rondo

“I want to be a general manager, and I want to be a head coach. Definitely both.”

― Rajon Rondo

“The civilized man has built a coach, but has lost the use of his feet.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I am a coach. I don’t have to have a title. I have five children that need guidance.”

― Ray Allen

“I take the subway to work. I fly coach back and forth to Chicago.”

― Richard Edelman

“Nobody thought I would be a great coach.”

― Rick Majerus

“When you coach Russ Smith, you have a nervous breakdown on every possession. He’s not from a different country. He’s from a different planet.”

― Rick Pitino

“A Treasury Secretary or a President should be out here not fighting S&P, not grabbing the other coach and slapping him around, taking the umpire behind the barn. He should be getting the team psyched to overcome.”

― Rick Santelli

“A team takes on the personality of the head coach.”

― Ricky Williams

“My best coach was Rudy Tomjanovich because he asked the players what they wanted to do. He felt we had a feel for the game.”

― Robert Horry

“Klopp is a great tactician and a great coach.”

― Roberto Firmino

“I have evolved a lot as a player working with Klopp, who is a very tactical coach.”

― Roberto Firmino

“Klopp is a fantastic guy. I rate him as an extremely professional coach, perfectionist, and a winning mentality.”

― Roberto Firmino

“To lead your country is the crowning ambition for any coach.”

― Roberto Mancini

“I know there are limits to what a coach can accomplish in improving speechmaking unless the subject is a diligent student of himself.”

― Roger Ailes

“Anytime you’re playing basketball, and you have a coach who you have to respect, you’ve got to be very disciplined.”

― Romeo Miller

“I wouldn’t mind being a track and field coach.”

― Ron Rash

“I’m a football manager, a football coach; I can’t be expected to pontificate on everything.”

― Roy Hodgson

“I’m not surprised to be the coach on ‘The Ultimate Fighter.’”

― Roy Nelson

“We had a dialogue coach. She helped us with our T’s.”

― Rupert Grint

“I was a coach for a celebrity cricket league. Whenever I trained or practised with them, I missed cricket.”

― S. Sreesanth

“There was interest from a lot of clubs, not just Manchester United, but as soon as I knew Liverpool were interested, I just felt it was the right club with the right coach. It was right for me to come here.”

― Sadio Mane

“I coach defending an awful lot but I don’t think too many teams in the Premier League or in the world of football actually coach defending anymore, certainly not the full-backs.”

― Sam Allardyce

“Ambition is important for any manager or coach, owner or director.”

― Sam Allardyce

“Wenger is the best coach I’ve worked with.”

― Samir Nasri

“When I came out to L. A., I got a part in an episode of ‘Star Trek: Voyager,’ and I hired an acting coach.”

― Sarah Silverman

“When I say I played with the greatest, let’s not forget I also played for the greatest coach of all time.”

― Scottie Pippen

“There are certain players, certain leaders where, genuine and authentic, their message is going to resonate different than a coach.”

― Sean McVay

“Matt LaFleur’s a great coach.”

― Sean McVay

“It’s up to the coach to decide who is in the best shape to play each match.”

― Sergio Ramos

“My coach, Liang Chow, had one rule while I was training for the 2008 Olympics: no skiing. I could do anything I wanted outside the gym, he said, except ski.”

― Shawn Johnson

“I have a coach, but I’m not theater-trained or a technical actor.”

― Sibel Kekilli

“I go back to Francis Schmidt. Francis Schmidt was the Ohio State coach who hired me.”

― Sid Gillman

“It disturbs me to see a football coach fired.”

― Sid Gillman

“For sure, I need a coach, because at this level, you cannot do it alone.”

― Simona Halep

“Coach Coughlin, he’s one of the best coaches I’ve ever had. He’s one of the best coaches in the NFL, hands down.”

― Spencer Paysinger

“I myself have the utmost respect for Coach Coughlin.”

― Spencer Paysinger

“If I’m going to be grinding, then I want to coach. If I’m not going to be coaching, I want to be semi-retired, at least.”

― Stan Van Gundy

“There’s no such thing as a longtime Magic coach.”

― Stan Van Gundy

“George Karl’s son probably wouldn’t have made it to the NBA if he wasn’t a coach. He would have never got the opportunity.”

― Stephen Jackson

“The Olympics is nothing I ever dreamed about. I dreamed about playing for Coach Knight and Indiana.”

― Steve Alford

“I don’t want to coach too far into my 60s. By then, I’ll be playing golf four or five times a week.”

― Steve Spurrier

“I miss my coach. I love my coach. I miss Chuck Noll.”

― Terry Bradshaw

“A coach was managing the Newbury team, and he wanted me to play for his local team, and from there, I did it at district level, and then I got picked for Southampton.”

― Theo Walcott

“Louis van Gaal and I have a relationship that goes beyond that which is normal between a player and a coach.”

― Thomas Muller

“I’m pretty sure everybody in the NBA wants to make the playoffs. Every player, every coach, every organization wants to make the playoffs.”

― Tim Hardaway Jr.

“In July 2011, U.S. Soccer announced that they’d fired Bob Bradley and hired Jurgen Klinsmann as head coach. Jurgen had once been a world-class German striker; now he was regarded as a successful, if controversial, coach.”

― Tim Howard

“If you’ve got a coach that overlooks the problems, then you’ve got problems.”

― Tom Benson

“It’s amazing, the culture Coach Belichick has been able to create in our system.”

― Tom Brady

“I’m just glad I play for Coach Belichick.”

― Tom Brady

“I like playing. I wouldn’t be a good coach. I don’t have the patience to be a coach.”

― Tom Brady

“I was a Division III kid whose dad wasn’t a coach.”

― Tom Herman

“I was fortunate enough to coach the U.S. Olympic team in Australia.”

― Tommy Lasorda

“A friendly relationship with the coach is important for each player.”

― Toni Kroos

“Ancelotti would be an interesting option for Bundesliga clubs. Of course, there would only be one or two clubs in Germany that would be an option for a world-class coach like him.”

― Toni Kroos

“New stimuli can come from the same coach if he questions himself.”

― Toni Kroos

“It’s definitely harder being a dad than a coach.”

― Tony Dungy

“Our God is a great coach, and he’s got a great playbook.”

― Tony Evans

“I think when the cameras are on him is when Coach Switzer is at his best.”

― Troy Aikman

“I had a great relationship with Coach Nee. I liked Doc Sadler a lot.”

― Tyronn Lue

“LeBron is like a coach. He is a coach on the floor. He has a great basketball IQ.”

― Tyronn Lue

“I’m not the kind of coach who says, ‘Let’s do a few piggy-in-the-middle exercises and go home for lunch.’”

― Unai Emery

“I was the coach in Valencia, and this was when Pochettino was finishing his playing career. And we met in Valencia watching the Chile training sessions. And a few months later, he took over as coach of Espanyol.”

― Unai Emery

“Every coach wants to win, but it’s not easy to do that.”

― Unai Emery

“My coach told me if I broke the national record for the 200, I could run a 100.”

― Usain Bolt

“I was playing cricket first and my cricket coach was the one that introduced me to track and field.”

― Usain Bolt

“My coach is pushing me harder than ever to make sure I stay at a good level.”

― Usain Bolt

“I didn’t really want to be the coach who wins but the coach who educates.”

― Vicente del Bosque

“Jagdish Singh was my basic coach, and he trained me from my very early days in boxing, teaching me the fundamentals of the sport. He was the one who shaped me into a boxer, disciplined me when I required disciplining.”

― Vijender Singh

“Every coach desires to bring in his own support staff.”

― Virender Sehwag

“Jose Mourinho was a very good coach.”

― Wesley Sneijder

“I’m a good special teams coach, and I can recruit.”

― Will Muschamp

“My dad was a coach and a schoolteacher.”

― Will Muschamp

“I think, as a coach, you’ve got to do what your players can do.”

― Will Muschamp

“My dad was my Little League coach and my Cub Master.”

― William Baldwin

“I have a mental coach, which is super cool, but it’s also kind of eerie at times.”

― Willie Cauley-Stein

“Mourinho is a coach who is used to working under pressure.”

― Wojciech Szczesny

“I’m no longer the head football coach at Ohio State.”

― Woody Hayes

“Of course Zidane has surprised me as a coach. I didn’t know how he would do.”

― Xabi Alonso

“When my coach gives me a program, I damage it.”

― Yohan Blake

“When you are the invisible man to the head coach, the only option is to head for the exit.”

― Zlatan Ibrahimovic
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