We just experienced Black Monday. A day that marks the end of many coaches careers with their teams. This year men like Rich Rodriguez of Michigan, Mike Singeltary of San Fransisco, and John Fox of Carolina all lost their jobs because they didn’t fit a culture and they weren’t winning. So this leads us to ask what makes a winning culture?
In today’s society we have a revolving door in the coaching ranks for many professional and collegiate sports. But we have a select few individuals who stand out above the rest, men like Joe Paterno, a man well into his 80s, that bleeds for the Nittany Lions of Penn State, John Wooden of UCLA who built his team’s success around a hard work ethic and faith, and those like Tom Izzo who had the opportunity to leave his coaching position, but chose to stay because he believed in the young men that he was working with. All of these men have two things in common an established tradition and an ability to motivate those around them to achieve their best. Tradition is the cornerstone that all of these men have built their programs on.