Monday, February 2, 2009

Nothing about this job is simple

In 24 seasons, Hall of Famer Geno Auriemma has coached his UConn women's teams to five national championships and nine Final Four appearances. Twice his teams have finished the season without a single loss.

And though he works hard at his job, in his autobiography, Coach Auriemma writes that winning can't always be traced back to hours invested:


There are a lot of coaches out there who work hard non-stop trying to build the kind of program we have. You feel for them for the time and effort that goes into it, because, for whatever reason -- not necessarily because you've worked harder -- you've been fortunate enough to have this great success.

If I add up the number of hours I work and the number of hours someone else that has never been to the Final Four has worked, what if the hours are exactly the same? What if the sweat, the staying out late chasing this game or that game, this recruit or that recruit, and the not being home for three weeks at a time, and being on the phone and watching fill till all hours of the night adds up to the same?

You can't turn around and say, "Well, I win more because that person doesn't put the time in." It's not that simple.

Nothing about this job is simple. You do what you feel is right and hope it works. You hope your kids can run your offense. You hope they can stay healthy. You educate yourself the best you can, and hope it's enough.

Even though you're never really sure it is.