Update: Now that we’re back in March Madness, we thought it would be fun to revisit these videos on how to succeed with University of Virginia basketball coach Tony Bennett (who’s having another great season).
When it comes to winning games and having a good sports season, the fastest and strongest players will only get a team so far. In this short interview, the head basketball coach at University of Virginia, Tony Bennett, emphasizes the importance of instilling the proper principles in players so that they can sustain a loss and handle the hardships that often challenge the unity of a team. Coach Bennett explains the history and meaning behind the five pillars of character that shapes his decisions as a coach: humility, passion, unity, servanthood, and thankfulness. These values should be practiced on and off the court. “Don’t take a short-cut on character,” Coach Bennett’s father used to tell him. Coach Bennett also discuses the incredible opportunity and responsibility that coaches, teachers, and other staff members have in acting as mentors and influencing the minds and values of students and athletes.
By Sonia Jones