Russ Rose is the coach of the Penn State womens’ volleyball team. A week or so ago they won their fourth national championships in a row and fifth overall. A couple of days after winning the event, he was interviewed on The Net Live. During the interview he posed himself the question “Why don’t your bench players play more?” I really liked his answer. “We practice on four days a week and play on two. They have ample time to prove they should be playing.”
Which brings to mind a quote from last week’s Hugh McCutcheon interview. A Hugh McCutcheon line to emphasise that being a successful athlete (or coach) is actually difficult is “It’s not all rainbows and ponies”.
I can just picture the meeting… ‘Why aren’t I playing more?’ ‘It’s not all rainbows and ponies, son. You have ample time to prove you should be playing.’ I might use that.
More Russ Rose quotes here.
More Hugh McCutcheon here.
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