With plenty of talk about the astonishing end to Super Bowl XLIX—and the Seattle Seahawks coaches—it’s important to remember another big sports story that made headlines recently.
Duke University’s esteemed basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski (aka “Coach K”) celebrated his 1,000th career win when the Blue Devils beat St. John’s University at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The 67-year-old is the first NCAA Division I men’s coach to reach the milestone, another highlight of his 35 coaching seasons at Duke.
How has Coach K amassed such an outstanding record with the Blue Devils (927-249)?
Players from years ago still talk about the many leadership, discipline and sportsmanship lessons that they have learned from Krzyzewski.
In his best-selling book Beyond Basketball, Coach K winds his way through the alphabet and explains his key words for success.
You don’t have to be a basketball fan to appreciate the chapter on Fundamentals:
“I sometimes find myself trying to devise complicated schemes, trying to be more creative. Because I have been coaching for so many years, I sometimes forget that a team, even a veteran team, needs a solid foundation. Business mogul Steve Wynn is right, I need to remind myself that I can be the best in the business by merely doing the basics, better.”
He goes on to say:
“To help turn fundamentals into habits requires intensive, intelligent and repetitive action. If any one of these elements is missing, something will be missing from the foundation of your team. This is why, in every practice, even late in the season, I always have my team continue to work on fundamental drills. It is vital that the athletes actually drill these basics. I constantly remind myself of the most basic formula of teaching: you hear, you forget; you see, you remember; you do, you understand. And when you truly understand, that is when the basics become habitual.”
Which fundamentals have you moved away from? Which fundamentals have to be revisited?
Do you need to get back to basics? F is for fundamentals.