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What I wanted to share on this blog is the biggest lesson I learned from Coach Meyer. A few years ago Coach Meyer spoke at the MN Coaches Association Clinic. He had a lot of great insights, as always, but one quote he had stuck with me. He was talking about teaching and coaching as the last frontier for instilling toughness and discipline in young people. At one point, when talking about the toughness needed to teach and coach, he said "You need to be the last John Wayne." That comment has stuck with me and has influenced my teaching and coaching. I've realized the importance of being tough FOR your students and teaching them how to be tough. That doesn't necessarily mean yelling and screaming, but being uncompromising in your standards and what you are going to accept in terms of effort, attitude, and behavior. It has helped me become a successful coach and teacher. So for that, and many other things, I thank Coach Meyer from the bottom of my heart.