Posted by: David D. Daggett | June 25, 2013

Winning Formula

Winning Formula

If you want to be a winner, ask a proven winner how they do it. “So Coach, what’s the secret?”  Our team asked, “Tell us how you do it.”  We were looking for some great insight or secret formula to his astounding success.

Coach Atwood - Winning Formula

Coach Atwood – Winning Formula

At our weekly Friday morning Team meeting at Daggett Shuler we had Coach Maurice Atwood speak.  He is the head wrestling coach at Parkland High School and currently has more than 300 straight wins.  The last time they lost was in 2006!   This streak is the longest winning streak in North Carolina sports history, and is currently the longest streak by any sports team in the country.  He knows how to win!

Coach Atwood presented a very simple message.  You have to care and you have to work hard.  If you care and you work hard winning is the natural byproduct of your efforts.  He emphasized that hard work beats talent that doesn’t work hard. He smiled, and said that it really is not that complicated.  Keep it simple.

If you are not winning, you need to ask why not?  The answer usually is that you are not working hard enough.  He stressed that much of the hard work is repetition of the fundamentals that prepare us to perform with trained execution.  That takes commitment and takes what Coach called “integrity of expectations.”  Further, he instructed us to get rid of things that don’t work and do more of the things that do. Pretty simple!

Of course he warned us that the biggest trap or danger is complacency.  You are only as good as good as your next competition and you have to keep focus on the mission.  “On a team everyone has to be bought and sold on the mission as you are only as good as the weakest link.”

Lastly, Coach Atwood emphasized that it is tough to beat the character of commitment, integrity, and honor.  Win with modesty, and lose with respect. Thank you Coach Atwood for sharing your insight, experience, and wisdom with our Team.

Learning the Formula,



  1. Ignore my previous message . I see that you did include Parkland. Great job! Love, Cdwd

    Sent from my iPad

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