Doc Rivers At A PCA Boston Coaching Workshop
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Doc Rivers (@DocRivers) is the head coach for the Los Angeles Clippers and a PCA National Advisory Board Member. He had a stellar playing career with Marquette University and several NBA teams before moving on to coach the Orlando Magic and then the Celtics, whom he led to the 2008 NBA Championship. Rivers is also a prominent sports parent, most notably as father of Austin Rivers, who played at Duke University before joining the New Orleans Pelicans in 2012.
In this video clip, Rivers is seen speaking at a Positive Coaching Alliance workshop in Boston back when he was the head coach for the Celtics. He is an important advocate of the PCA mission to develop Better Athletes, Better People, working to provide a positive, character-building youth sports experience.
In the Celtics' practice gym, Rivers left a spotlight shining on the location where a championship banner would be hung and made sure that light was never turned off. This was an internal symbol and daily reminder that every practice is a playoff practice. This type of goal setting served to push his team throughout the season.
Rivers also talked to the workshop attendees about how important teamwork is for their culture. Hoping for success is not enough, it takes a team of hard workers and good people to make that dream of a championship come true. As a coach, he teaches his players the importance of others contributing to their own personal successes.