The Wisdom of Coaches

Top local coaches—from Ozzie Guillen and Tom Thibodeau to Oliver Purnell and Kelly Amonte Hiller—reveal sacred truths about perseverance, motivation, the importance of hard work, the value of failure, and more

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Tom Thibodeau, coach of the Chicago BullsTOM THIBODEAU

POSITION Head coach, Chicago Bulls
STATS As an NBA assistant coach, helped teams finish in top ten in defense in 15 seasons

It doesn’t matter whether it’s high school, college, or the pros, players know when you’re not being honest. Being honest, being reliable, and being trustworthy—that’s how you build a relationship.

At the end of the day, you only really answer to yourself. Only you know whether you have worked hard and put everything into something.

If you know you are doing the best you can, you should be willing to live with the result.

When the game is on the line, the big thing is preparation. If you have studied hard and prepared for all situations, you already have it thought out in your head. The big thing is to not have fear. Make the decision. If you fail, get up and move on and learn from it. The next time, you will handle it better.

You never want to stay the same. Study, learn, and keep getting better. Once you feel like you’ve got it figured out, that’s when you fail.


Photography: Nuccio Di Nuzzo/Chicago Tribune



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