Date of Birth
Place of Birth
(Oneida County, New York)
United States of America
Also know as
Pat, Patrick James Riley, Riles, Patrick James "Pat" Riley
American football player, Coach, Basketball Coach
- If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges.
- Don't let other people tell you what you want.
- There's no such thing as coulda, shoulda, or woulda. If you shoulda and coulda, you woulda done it.
- A particular shot or way of moving the ball can be a player's personal signature, but efficiency of performance is what wins the game for the team.
- To have long term success as a coach or in any position of leadership, you have to be obsessed in some way.
- When a milestone is conquered, the subtle erosion called entitlement begins its consuming grind. The team regards its greatness as a trait and a right. Half hearted effort becomes habit and saps a champion.
- From nobody to upstart. From upstart to contender. From contender to winner. From winner to champion. From champion to Dynasty.
- Giving yourself permission to lose guarantees a loss.
- Shouda, coulda, and woulda won't get it done.
- You have to defeat a great players aura more than his game.
- Management must speak with one voice. When it doesn't management itself becomes a peripheral opponent to the team's mission.
- People who create 20% of the results will begin believing they deserve 80% of the rewards.
- A champion needs a motivation above and beyond winning.
- When a great team loses through complacency, it will constantly search for new and more intricate explanations to explain away defeat.
- Coaches who let a championship team back off from becoming a dynasty are cowards.
- Look for your choices, pick the best one, then go with it.
- Being a part of success is more important than being personally indispensable.
- Discipline is not a nasty word.
- When a gifted team dedicates itself to unselfish trust and combines instinct with boldness and effort, its ready to climb.
- There can only be one state of mind as you approach any profound test; total concentration, a spirit of togetherness, and strength.
- You prove your worth with your actions, not with your mouth.
- Great effort springs naturally from a great attitude.
- There's always the motivation of wanting to win. Everybody has that. But a champion needs, in his attitude, a motivation above and beyond winning.
- You have no choices about how you lose, but you do have a choice about how you come back and prepare to win again.
- Being ready isn't enough; you have to be prepared for a promotion or any other significant change.
- Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.
- The Ten Commandments were not a suggestion.
Patrick James "Pat" Riley is an American professional basketball executive, and a former coach and player in the National Basketball Association. He has been the team president of the Miami Heat since 1995, a position that enabled him to serve as their de facto general manager and as their head coach in two separate tenures.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest NBA coaches of all time, Riley has served as the head coach of five championship teams and an assistant coach to another. He was named NBA Coach of the Year three times. He was head coach of an NBA All-Star Game team nine times: eight times with the Western Conference team and once with the Eastern team. In 1996 he was named one of the 10 Greatest Coaches in the NBA history. As a player, he played for the Los Angeles Lakers' championship team in 1972.
Riley most recently won the 2012 and 2013 NBA championships with the Miami Heat as their team president. He is the first and only North American sports figure to win a championship as a player, coach, and executive. He received the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award from the NBA Coaches Association on June 20, 2012.