111: Rob Koll | How to Make Champions

Coach of the highly successful wrestling program at Cornell, Rob Koll wasn’t an overnight success. His virtuosity was years in the making, working hard and surrounding himself with the kind of motivating people that would eventually transform the program into a powerhouse. When asked, Koll denies that his methods involve any mystique. He simply doles out his nose to the grindstone, meat and potatoes work ethic with devastating consistency. Those who don’t have the discipline to endure it fall by the wayside. Those who do, find themselves competing with the best and winning often.

Lessons:

  1. It’s not how much you want to win that day; it’s how much you want to win on all the days leading up to that day.
  2. Even a mildly active wrestler is going to go through more pain, hardship and sacrifice than the average person on the street.
  3. A supportive upbringing that instills good values is crucial.

Credits:

  • Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
  • Hosts: Joe De Sena with Johnny Waite, Sefra, Col. Tim Nye, Delle & David Deluca
  • Synopsis – Matt Baatz

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