Bear Bryant is known as one of the greatest coaches in college football history. And he earned that reputation by setting some pretty simple goals for himself.
ESPN’s Holly Rowe received one of Bryant’s notebooks for Christmas. She shared a page of all the goals the legendary coach had for himself. Those goals didn’t include “Win a national championship” or “Finish the season ranked in the top 10.”
Instead, his aims were more personal.
— Holly Rowe (@sportsiren) January 8, 2017
He had football-specific goals, like improving his team’s agility and giving players individual attention in the offseason. But the more revealing goals had to do with relationships. “Be honest.” “Be a good teacher.” “Brag on people.”
Bryant’s approach obviously worked. He still has more national championships (six) than any coach in history. And some of these strategies, including adapting to trends in the game and focusing on the offseason, even form the foundation for “The Process” of current Alabama head coach Nick Saban. Any coach looking to get ahead in college football would do well to follow Bryant’s model.