Don Meyer Quotes

Don Meyer is one of the most successful coaches in NCAA basketball history.

His last head-coaching stint was with Northern State University, and before that he coached Lipscomb University and Hamline University.

Here are some of his most famous quotes:

  • “To be a team, you must be a family.”
  • “In practice, don’t just run basketball drills, teach the players how to play basketball.”

  • “Shout praise and whisper criticism.”

  • “Players who are late say that their time is more important than the team.”

  • “Recognize and reward players who put the team first, not just the gifted ones.”
  • “You build your program from the ideas of great coaches.”
  • “There is nothing more important than rebounding… don’t just give it lip service.”
  • “Simplify the game as much as possible. When you add, you must subtract.”

  • “Shared suffering: one guy messes up and everyone runs. One guy does well and everyone benefits.”

  • “It is not what you teach, but what you emphasize.”
  • “Successful programs consist of people working hard, working together, while never worrying about who gets the credit.”
  • “Discipline and demand without being demeaning.”
  • “Every day you teach attitude.”

  • “Good shooters take the shots; best shooters take most of the shots.”

  • “Play off your great player… great teams have a go-to player and they play off of him.”

  • “Your program must have an overriding purpose which is clearly visible and which teaches lessons beyond winning.”

  • “The team is an extension of the coach.”
  • “If it comes down to you or the program that decision was made long ago.”
  • “Players must do what you want them to do in pressure situations.”
  • “When you watch the game, be a student of the game.”

  • “When the legs go, the heart and the head follow quickly behind.”

  • “Your program must have an overriding purpose which is clearly visible and which teaches lessons beyond winning.”
  • “Prepare for every practice like you just loss your last game.”

*Here is the main basketball quotes page.

Do You Know Any Other Inspirational Basketball Quotes by Don Meyer?

If you know any other motivational basketball quotes by Don Meyer, please post them in the comments section below, and I’ll add them to the list.

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