Smartest people don’t have the best answers, they have the best questions.”
“Recruiting” most overused work in college athletics. Coach Williams never asks a recruit “who’s recruiting you?”
“We don’t recruit.”
“Culture = Habits”
When taking the Virginia Tech job he told the team: “I’m not getting rid of anyone. I will coach all of you harder than you’ve ever been coached.”
“You don’t have to tell someone what your culture is — your habits will.”
Culture has nothing to do with talent.
Figure out the right habits.
“Recruiting” is a sales word...we like “Life Decision.”
Virginia Tech takes the entire staff recruiting even though it may cost them days. Home visit = entire staff. Game = entire staff.
You can only manage what you measure. Not enough to say “play hard” — how can you measure that — find a way.
In individual workouts Virginia Tech measures everything. In some instances you must achieve a certain measurement before moving to the next level.
Virginia Tech doesn’t teach play until November.
Doesn’t want plays for how we play but for his team to understand how to play.
Doesn’t do business cards — does quote cards.
Primary philosophy: “Get better”
Created “Get better” bands for team
Always looking for things under $1.50 to give away
3 Worst Things for a Player to Say: “I got this.”
3 Worst Things for a Coach to Say: “I know this.”
Stay away from the feeling, “I know this.”
Coaching mailout every 6 weeks.
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What are you doing on a daily basis for your brand?
“The people you think of the most are the ones that are invested in you.”
Coach Williams’ mission: Tell the Truth
Help as Many People As I Can
If you ask anyone, would they say you your mission is?
Not as much about playing hard as about loving each other.
Beware of “imposters on your path” — like winning and losing. Be process oriented.
Has manager in charge of pulling clips from the newspaper on his opponents.