The following is titled "I Love You Enough For Our Players" and was written by Coach Wayne Walters. I found this in "A Collection of Thoughts on Life" by Dale Brown whom is a dear friend and mentor. This book an short but powerful read that I go to often inspiration for myself and my team. Here is Coach Walters passage:
Some day when my players are ole enough to understand the logic that motivates coaches, I will tell them:
I love you enough to worry where you were going after late practice3s, and with whom and how much sleep and study time I left you.
I loved you enough to insist that you take personal responsibility for your actions instead of letting you make excuses.
I love you enough to be silent and let teammates workout the differences between themselves and discover how much we really need each other.
I love you enough to tell you what we needed from you to be successful and to be disappointed when you did not deliver.
I loved you enough to pick you up and emotionally carry you when times were toughest and bring you back to reality when you thought that you were a little better than you were.
I loved you enough to let you see anger, tears and disappointment in my eyes. Players must learn that coaches are human and not perfect.
But, most of all, I loved you enough to do what needed to be done to build your character and the character of your teammates even though I knew that you would cruse me for it.
Those were the most difficult battles of all. I am glad that we won them, because in the end those are the most cherished victories.