Thank you, Mike Rice

Brad Willis

Brad Willis is a writer based in Greenville, South Carolina. Willis spent a decade as an award-winning broadcast journalist. He has worked as a freelance writer, columnist, and professional blogger since 2005. He has also served as a commentator and guest on a wide variety of television, radio, and internet shows.

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5 Responses

  1. Brian says:

    I quit playing soccer when I was little because I had a real jerk for a coach. I switched to baseball for three seasons until I got, yet another real jerk for a coach. I quit sports after that until High School. I was never a star player, but I also never stuck with a sport in my development years. I don’t think I would have ever been able to go pro, or anything like that, but you never know what might have happened.

    I also do not believe in “everyone gets a trophy” method either..

  2. Astin says:

    “Speak softly, for those who cannot hear an angry shout may strain to hear a whisper.”

  3. Drizztdj says:

    I can say my “Mike Rice” coach had a profound effect on me as a ballplayer at age 10. After that season I was never selected again to play for the traveling team or upper-division teams until high school.

    So, I never got the training I could have had from a city known for sending multiple players to colleges and my live arm died shortly after H.S.

    It’s a tough balance for sure as I have coached and yelled but never got physical. It wasn’t until last year when I finally appreciated what my son could do versus not, that yelling just sends him into a hole like I dove into at his age. Luckily, he’ll get the chance I never did.

  4. Gordon Dill says:

    If Rice’s teams were any good, he’d still have a job. Bobby Knight wasn’t a creep when he was winning National championships. He WAS a creep when he started losing. Rice coached the worst team in the Big East. If Rice was in the Final 4 this weekend…he’d be a master motivator who demands the best out of the young men he coaches.

  5. JT88Keys says:

    I’ve never been a great athlete, but I have been lucky enough to be a part of several first class music organizations. One of the very best of these was my college choir. The director of that choir demanded our respect by first giving us his. After that we were all just in awe of his dedication to perfecting the music we were attempting to perform. He would agonize over the phrasing of a simple 8 bar section for an entire rehearsal.

    I only ever saw him have to take any kind of disciplinary action once, but it was simple, quiet, and powerful. The college I attended was a Lutheran school. We ended each rehearsal with a short benedictory song. Once about 15 minutes into a 90 minute rehearsal the director cut off the group during a run through. One of the leaders of my section happened to be chatting with his neighbor instead of singing and right at the moment the choir stopped singing he laughed out loud. The director looked at him blankly for several seconds, played the chord for the song that ended each rehearsal, closed his music folder, and walked out while the choir was still in mid-song. Rehearsal was over 75 minutes early and nobody was happy about it…and nobody talked when they were supposed to be singing for the rest of the year.

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