Fresh off a vacation to Disneyland, BYU head coach Kalani Sitake granted an interview to the Salt Lake Tribune. It’s a good view into Sitake’s worldview on coaching, where he promotes an open dialogue between players and coaches and says he’d like to give every Utah fan a hug.
He also used this analogy for coaching, one I have to admit I hadn’t seen before.
“You see a piece of trash on the floor, you have options: You can call a custodian to come clean it up,” Sitake said. “You can pick it up yourself and make sure everybody knows you picked it up. Or you can just quietly pick it up. What’s the best way to keep the building clean? Just do what should be done and go on your way.”
Think of it as Sitake’s version of Bill Belichick’s “Do you job.”
And here he is on creating a culture of dialogue and trust.
“Sugarcoating things is a waste of time,” he said. “I’ve wanted to create a culture where the exchange of ideas among coaches and players, ideas about philosophy and individual thoughts and love, are shared. I don’t want to be a coach who tells players, like a parent sometimes tells his kids, ‘Do it because I say so.’ You say what needs to be said, but it’s important for players to say what they think. Let’s hear it out. If you have a level of trust, you can say and hear anything. … How many wins that translates into, I don’t know.”