NBC Sports Washington brought together local coaches Ron Rivera (Washington football), Todd Reirden (Capitals), Scott Brooks (Wizards) and Mike Thibault (Mystics) to discuss the intricacies of their craft in a free-wheeling discussion hosted by Julie Donaldson. We present six days highlighting different themes of their conversation - experiences, stories and lessons shared from careers in coaching. To watch the full roundtable, click here.
Ron Rivera knows what it means to be in charge and with that task comes the need for delegating. Delegation also requires oversight to be sure things go the right way, even if from a distance.
Delegate, but demand.
I had reached out to John Madden after my second season and ended up spending a lot of time with coach and had the opportunity to really sit down and visit and talk with him and one of the things he gave me, a great piece of advice, really was delegating authority. He said 'You know, you can delegate the authority all you want, but at the end of the day did you set the standard? Did you tell them ‘ok you're in charge of this but it has to be at this level.’ And it’s interesting, it really opened my eyes up.
That Rivera nugget comes from the Coaches Roundtable, a series of interviews with Rivera, Wizards head coach Scott Brooks, Mystics head coach Mike Thibault and Capitals head coach Todd Reirden. Each coach explained that while they've gotten plenty of advice throughout their career, some moments and thoughts mattered more than others.
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"It really doesn't matter where you get the good advice from," Rivera said. "A lot of really good advice I got has come from within the sport. You know everybody from Mike Ditka, to Andy Reid have all given me great advice and great words of encouragement."
While Rivera leaned on Madden, Thibault leaned on arguably the greatest coach of all time in any sport, legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden.
"You know Coach Wooden, he started practice the first day every year doing the same thing basically he had done for 20 years and it was back to the basic ABCs of the game. And so I think that I don't ever lose sight that you have to stay true to your foundation," Thibault said. "I think the second best advice I had to learn and was given was: don't try to be somebody else. You gotta be yourself."
Be yourself. Delegate but demand. Stay true.
That's good advice.
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