There's a great deal of satisfaction that I get from helping another person become more than what they think they can become.
When a former player calls you up and says you know what coach I just want to thank you for what you taught me, the person that I am today, you played a part in that. That's the biggest reason why I do it, without question.
Some guys coach in the NFL, some guys choose to coach in college, some guys choose to coach in high school, some guys choose to coach in junior high. We're all at different stages where we're allowed to have an opportunity to have an impact on somebody. For us to go in in the recruiting process and develop a relationship where a young man's parents trust you and they value education and you're going to encourage them and help them become a man, that's why I choose to coach in college.
Part of a competitive nature is you certainly want to go out and play, but you know your compass inside gives you a standard of what things are really important.
Our university is founded on excellence, we're a competitive institution, but our institution does things with integrity. We feel like our football program is a part of our institution and we need to be right in line with that mission and that's why I'm comfortable working here.
Pressure from coaches usually comes from themselves. Where things get out of line is when universities lose perspective of roles in athletics and without question that has gone on in some institutions, and a lot of that is driven strictly by dollars that can be created and then all of a sudden sometimes standards are compromised in the sake of winning. This is why NDSU is a great place to work. We strive for victories but we're not going to do anything that jeopardizes the institution. We're going to do things the right way.
Deep within each person there is a resolve to be successful and there're times when you don't feel like you can accomplish something, but because of the situation you're in, you've taken yourself out of a comfort zone and so that gives you a foundation to say I've been here before I know what it's like to handle pressure, to be in a situation where there's a lot of adversity going on, but I can stay focused to accomplish what I want to accomplish. It just sharpens you as a person. Many times people I've talked to have said the lessons they learned on the gridiron were just as important as the lessons they learned in the classroom. Unless you've been in that arena you may not be able to understand that, but that's why we're part of the educational system here.
Competition brings out the best in a person.
I love fans.
I think what you find is when you've spent yourself, when you've given your best effort, you're going to walk off the field and feel really good about where you're at. That's what we ask of our student athletes in all the things that they do, whether it be in the classroom or on the field.
You go out and you identify people who philosophically are on the same line that you are and you find that the young men who don't identify with our mission here choose not to come to NDSU and that's ok. We end up attracting the guys who have bought into what this institution's about.
I have not gone to work a day in my life yet. Coaching is the only thing that I've done.