Well, every coach is different, but if you start to look around you realize some things that make coaches great (and probably some things that don't matter). This is just my opinion, but it's right.

Important features of great coaches:
  • Discipline
  • Sense of humor
  • Mutual respect between players and coach
  • Pushes the team harder than they want to be pushed most of the time
  • Deep knowledge of the game
  • Flexibility
Unimportant features:
  • Race
  • System or style of offense or defense
  • Hometown/state
I compiled a bunch of information about how some of the top players in college basketball and football work on relationships with their players. Most all of this was found by googling the simple sentence: How "name of coach" relates to his players. I could have included many other coaches, and you may disagree with some of my choices. My personal favorite quote is from Rick Pitino, and the full thing is later on here:

With just love and no discipline you have anarchy. And I think with too much discipline, you also have anarchy with no love. You don't have people that will go the extra yard for you. That's what I try to build in any team, to have love and discipline come together in forming great chemistry.

Pete Carroll - USC Football
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36OoE2a9wfs"]April Fool's Prank #1[/ame]
April Fool's Prank #2

Carroll keeps things loose, but don't dare call him laid back.

"That's not true," Orgeron said. "That is no part of Pete Carroll at all. Pete is the most competitive person that I've ever met."

The Trojans have spent the first day of fall camp at Manhattan Beach playing volleyball. This past Halloween, the coach caught some grief for conspiring with LenDale White to pull off a scary prank that ended with a dummy wearing the tailback's jersey flying off the top of a tall building while the rest of the team looked on.

Some outside the program found the practical joke more disturbing than funny, but during a 34-game winning streak Carroll showed his players there was no reason to be uptight.

"They feel appreciated," Carroll said. "They know that they're worked in a fashion that makes them prepare well and perform well. They're into it. They do anything we ask them to do. They deserve to have a great time doing it everyday."

But, the Trojans will tell you, Carroll cracks down when he needs to.

"All you guys see is the glamour, the smiles, the energetic Pete," defensive end Frostee Rucker said. "We see that 95 percent of the time, but anytime when anyone is out of line he definitely addresses it and you know when he's not playing around."

Bo Ryan - Wisconsin Basketball
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAFKGhHiLII"]Bo Ryan cranks dat soulja boy[/ame]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1yXXhAkkaE"]Bo Ryan does the hambone[/ame]

What do we think of Bo putting this out there on YouTube? Obviously it's part of the well-known practice of using the web's viral qualities for marketing purposes. And not a bad idea, either. Even after a decade of sustained success, most basketball fans still equate Wisconsin basketball with 45-44 scores and post players called "blockers."

So why not make a short, fairly well-produced video showing that the Badgers' coach is not a 90-year-old from the sticks who longs for the days of peach pail baskets and jump balls after every score? He is, in actuality, a cool guy fluent in urban music and dancing (even if that Hambone video of Bo slapping himself sort of works to counter this notion).

It's incredible -- the different variations of Bo Ryan Does Soulja Boy have racked up something approaching 54,000 views on YouTube. Those people probably come away thinking Badger basketball isn't as lame as they've heard, which can only be positive.

So, who exactly is Bo Ryan?
If you talk to his players, theyll tell you he is a firm, consistent court commander that demands excellence in all walks of practice and game play, from running Ryans patented Swing Offense, to making sure the team huddles up correctly.

"Coach treats everybody the same. Doesnt matter if youre Alando Tucker, Tanner Bronson or the manager; if youre doing your job wrong, hes going to get on you," said UW redshirt freshman guard Mickey Perry.

If you ask the media, however, you would hear that he is a wily, elusive quote that, while often entertaining with anecdotes, avoids making headline statements like homecoming queens avoid Dungeons & Dragons enthusiasts.

Speak to his barber, and youll hear about how Ryan is most chatty about any subject that isnt basketball, especially the Keystone State.

Trade words with Ryans father, Butch, and you'll hear about how Ryan is the hardest-working, blue-collar coach hes ever seen … after himself.

But there is one thing that youll hear from anyone who has anything to say about Ryan: Anyone who knows anything about him has the utmost respect for the man.

As he approaches 500 wins, Ryan will likely credit the landmark achievement to all of the players and teams he has worked with, which is entirely true. However, many of those very same players tribute Ryan for making them the players they were and are.

"He has been incredible," said former walk-on Kevin Gullikson, now on scholarship after a strong freshman year. "There is no way that I could have learned as much as I have under any other coach."

"Hes been a real big part of the player I;ve become," senior point guard Kammron Taylor said. "I wasnt used to that from a coach; somebody in your ear every day. Expecting so much from you every day and I really feel like hes helped not only on the basketball court, but in the classroom. He cares about how you do on the court, but off the court as well."

Perhaps no one player has benefited more from the tutelage of Ryan than Taylor, who has transformed from a wild, turnover-prone but electric shooting guard into a poised floor leader at point, still capable of taking over a game when necessary as one of the nation's most clutch performers.

"My freshman year, he was on me all the time, and I didn't even play my freshman year," Taylor said. "The older you get, the more you realize if he sees something in a guy, hes going to try and get it out of you if you cant get it out yourself.

"Hes been on me for four years as a reason," Taylor continued. "Hes trying to get something out of me, and hes going to stay on me until he gets every last bit of it out."

Coach K - Duke Basketball

"One of the great things about college coaching, as opposed to professional coaching, is you get a chance to see kids grow," Krzyzewski said. "Where are they going to be three months from now? I love that part of coaching and figuring out how it all comes together."

"I think cultures continue to change, environments change, and if you want to be successful in each culture, in each environment, you have to anticipate as much change as possible," Krzyzewski said. "Don't spend a lot of time saying 'in the good old days.' What's happening today? How do you make these the good old days?"

Bruce Pearl - Tennessee Basketball

Rick Pitino - Louisville Basketball
You spend most of your day with 18-to-22-year-olds. What advice do you have for executives about motivating Generation Y?

The one thing you have to do for young people is make it clear it's not going to happen overnight for them. They're not going to be a vice president in their first few years, and they have to understand the pecking order and how to grow in the company. Give them their goal, and let them understand where they could possibly get to one day, but make them understand that they're going to need a work ethic second to none to work their way up that ladder. And if they're willing to pay the price, they certainly will get there.

I have guys that think they're going to be an
[COLOR=#336699! important][COLOR=#336699! important]NBA[/COLOR][/COLOR] player when it's not even a possibility. That type of thinking is part of this instant gratification, microwave culture that we're in. And the way to deal with that is to get them to be goal-oriented and then to have a work ethic second to none. After doing both things, then see if they've arrived at the goals they've set forth, on not only a daily basis, but a weekly or monthly basis.

Do you think it's better as a leader to be loved or feared?

Whether you're leading your troops, whether you're leading your corporation or whether you're leading a team, it's when love and discipline come together that you have great chemistry. Your players have to understand that you love them but they also must be extremely disciplined. And they have to understand that if they don't create the proper habits there will be a penalty. With just love and no discipline you have anarchy. And I think with too much discipline, you also have anarchy with no love. You don't have people that will go the extra yard for you. That's what I try to build in any team, to have love and discipline come together in forming great chemistry. Discipline to us is an organized plan of attack—it's creating the right plan, the right habits and the right goals.

Mack Brown - Texas Football
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A depressurized Brown loosened up. There was more laughter during practices and before games. Crank up some tunes, break out a dance — it was OK.

It's what families do, and the 2005 Texas team has managed to become more family than any in Brown's eight-year tenure.

"It's like a lot of weight has been lifted off his shoulders, and he's just, I guess, having more fun. ... That's the personality of this team," defensive tackle Rod Wright says. "We just have fun. And whenever we have fun, it seems like that's when we play our best."

Brown revealed this season that he has expanded his musical tastes to rap and other genres favored by his 19- and 20-something-year-old players.

The image brought bemused smiles: the 54-year-old, Tennessee-born coach hooked to an iPod given to him by one of his daughters, jamming to 50 Cent.

He had serious intents, however.

"I needed to do a better job of looking into these kids' lives and learning more about what's important to them," Brown says.

"When we were kids, shoot, they were talking about Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash being rebels. Cussing. They're ruining our music. Now we're all saying some of the rap music is so vulgar and so awful that they're ruining our music. But they're no different. It's just the times. And what I needed to do, I thought, was do a little bit better job of staying up with their times."

The players chuckled, too. But they appreciated the gesture.

"He'll never know, I guess, fully what we go through," says All-America safety Michael Huff, nicknamed Huff Daddy. "But I think he has a lot better understanding."

See also: Gene Chizik - Iowa State Football
"The foundation of a championship program starts with the players," Chizik said. "Relating to the student-athletes is simply the most important thing we can do as coaches. Having great relations allows coaches to demand excellence in the classroom and on the field, while also creating a sense of team unity. I can’t wait to start working with our players and building relationships and establishing significant and common goals."