Jason Garrett attended Princeton but he’s advising mothers and fathers out there with basketball players to send their children to Duke.
The Dallas Cowboys coach spent last weekend visiting with Blue Devils men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, observing both a practice and game setting and picking the brain of one of the NCAA’s most successful leaders.
“It was just a great visit. I think you’d be hard pressed over the last 30 years to find an organization, in or out of sports, college or pro, whatever it is, that has been more successful than Duke basketball,” Garrett said. “He’s obviously been there that entire time.
“It really was an amazing weekend. He was very gracious and generous to have me there in the heart of their season. If you’re a parent who has a kid who is a potential college basketball player and Duke is an option, go. It’s an amazing place. He is an amazing guy and it’s an amazing organization. And again, he was very welcoming and generous with his time during this time of the season just to let me come and see how he does things.”
What did Garrett learn?
“We literally could talk about this for five days I learned so much,” he said. “He has an amazing way of creating an environment that is so organized, so systematic, so seamless, the execution and everything they do is off the charts. He also has this amazing personal touch with everyone involved in the organization. He has a personal relationship with everybody. He cares deeply about everybody. They care about each other.
“It’s a combination of IBM at its finest moments and the greatest mom and pop shop you’ve ever seen and he puts it together. I sat there for three days and was really amazed by it. It inspired me a great deal.”
It’s interesting that Garrett branched out at a busy time during his first offseason in his new role, but studying others who are successful in all walks of life is always a good idea.
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