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Coachisms: Phrases the Tech coach Kristy Curry goes to make a point

Tech players explain what some of Curry's 'coachisms' mean

Posted: November 9, 2012 - 12:51am
Texas Tech coach Kristy Curry speaks during the Big 12 women's basketball media day Oct. 25 in Dallas.  Paul Moseley
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Texas Tech coach Kristy Curry speaks during the Big 12 women's basketball media day Oct. 25 in Dallas.
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Every coach has them, and the media hates them.

Sayings that will be hammered home day after day, practice after practice. They can be called coach speak, coaching clichés or simply ‘coachisms.’

“I know (Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly) says some funny ones that I know I laugh at, but you can’t repeat some of them,” said Iowa State’s Chelsea Poppens and Anna Prins.

Every coach has them, and Kristy Curry is no different — perhaps laying it on pretty thick sometimes, but it seems to stick.

Here are some of her sayings, along with a couple from around the Big 12, which her players have heard since they got here and used in their game.

“You got to get your mind on your business.”

What it means: “So basically, like, I guess you’re wandering or I guess your mind’s somewhere in lala land. You need to get on the right track. When we’re in practice, then that’s where your mind needs to be, don’t be wandering somewhere else. (Curry) says so much stuff. She can go on and on all day saying different stuff.” Texas Tech guard Chynna Brown

“It is what it is.”

What it means: “(Curry) hasn’t said that as much lately, but ever since I was a freshman, ‘it is what it is, it is what it is’ and, I mean, it’s true. You’re losing, you’re winning. It is what it is — it’s just the truth.” — Texas Tech guard Mary Bokenkamp

“You can’t change what you did yesterday.”

What it means: “It’s about today. You got to work hard today so you can be better for tomorrow.” — Texas Tech forward Kelsi Baker

“Don’t be a Vampire.”

What it means: “Don’t pull energy from everybody else. Don’t constantly be negative. They’re either energy givers or energy takers, and I think a vampire is an energy taker when it applies to our team.” — Texas Tech coach Kristy Curry

“You’ve got to learn how to dance in the rain.”

What it means: “I’ll say that a lot. You got to learn how to enjoy that challenge. You know if things aren’t going your way, turn it into fun and turn it into a positive.” — Texas Tech coach Kristy Curry

“Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.”

What it means: “When you’re comfortable, you relax and everything. You’re not being attentive and ready all the time, but if you’re comfortable with being in an uncomfortable situation, it makes you grow that much more.” — Oklahoma guard Aaryn Ellenberg.

Compiled by Tommy Magelssen

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