Yesterday, Coach Cal posted his New Year’s Resolutions on his website. And no, they didn’t include eating less Orange Leaf or not tweeting as much. His resolutions focused on the team and helping them get better as players and people:
— More Breakfast Club
I’m trying to get them to understand you’ve got to be true friends to make this team work. You have to be there for each other through thick and thin, which means you really have to want to be around each other a lot. My number one goal for the next four months for this basketball team is to make them truly care about one another, more than they care for themselves, on and off the court. Become true friends.
— Focus on individual and team improvement
As I move forward this year, I want to make sure that I’m doing two things and doing them really well. I want to focus on individual improvement (players getting better) and focus on our team getting better. The biggest hurdle and challenge I have is to keep the expectations of all of you out of my mind and focus solely on these young people.
— Let the team grow on their timetable
My teams have improved over the course of the season but it’s always been on their timetable, not mine. My timetable would be Dec. 15. Normally their timetable is the middle of January, as late as February, which was last year’s team. When last year’s team got it, they were the best basketball team in the country.
Hanging up #8 is another good one, Coach.