Among fans of college basketball, Jay Wright needs no introduction. The Villanova men’s basketball coach has a record that speaks for itself: The Wildcats took home the 2018 national title, the team’s second championship win in three seasons.
His low-key personality has led some to call him an “anti-coach.” Coach Wright’s style, developed over a 30-plus-year career (the past 16 spent leading Villanova), is singular and highly personal, a blend of heads-down tenacity infused with spiritual beliefs and anchored by a steadfast optimism. As Wright, 56, has emerged as a formidable competitor in college sports, he’s become synonymous with a pair of rallying cries: “humble and hungry” and “attitude” — also the title of his 2017 book on cultivating a mindset geared toward success.
But his coaching lessons tend to transcend the confines of the court into the arena of life; they’re as much about training superior athletes as they are about molding authentic collaborators and stakeholders in a team culture.
Here are some of Wright’s pieces of coaching wisdom: