Consistent Success

Nick Saban, Alabama’s Head Football Coach, retired from college football last week. 

I know this email newsletter is about basketball. However, when I became a college basketball coach, Nick Saban, was someone I wanted to be like. 

Nick Saban coached football at the University of Alabama for 17 years. In those 17 years,  he won 206 games and only had 29 losses. He won 6 national championships, had 66 players named All Americans, and 49 players to go 1st round into the NFL. These are just some of his accomplishments.

He actually won his first national championship as the head coach at Louisiana State University for a total of 7 national championships. 

Nick Saban was a winner and a talent developer of players and coaches. 

It’s not easy to accomplish what Nick Saban accomplished. It takes a high level of understanding success to do what Nick Saban was able to do. 

Nick Saban Advice on Success

A young basketball player asked Nick Saban for advice on how to be successful. 

Here are the key points from Nick Saban’s answer:

  1. What is your Goal? What do you want to accomplish?
  2. Define what it takes to do it?
  3. Are you willing to do it?
  4. Do you have enough discipline to make yourself do it everyday whether you feel like it or not?

You can listen to the full Twitter video here

Study The Best

I studied Nick Saban because he was the best in college football. I studied Kobe Bryant because he was one of the best NBA players. I studied the best in other areas also.

I studied the best because I wanted to be known as one of the best women’s basketball college coaches. I’m still studying the best today. 

The best are the best because they do things differently from others. Studying the best gives you the recipe to their success. Then you can apply it to what you are doing. 

The players that get basketball athletic scholarships offers are the best players on the team, the best players in the city, the best players in the state, the best players in the region and the best players nationally.

Study them.


Who is the best player on your team? Who is the best player In your city? In your state?

Research what they do to be the best. How do they practice? How do they work extra? 

Follow them on social media. Ask your high school coach to help you research how they practice and work extra. 

“The fact of the matter is that if you want to be good, you really don’t have a lot of choices…because it takes what it takes. You have to do what you have to do to be successful. So you have to make the choices and decisions to have the discipline and the focus to the process of what you need to do to accomplish your goals.”     -Nick Saban

Whenever you’re ready, here’s how I can help:

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