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Famed basketball coach, Pat Riley, is a seven-time National Basketball Association World Champion and the only head coach in NBA history to win Coach of the Year honors with three different teams. He reached the 1000 victory plateau more quickly than any other coach or manager in the four major North American professional sports league. He is the all-time leader in both regular season and postseason victories for the Lakers and the Heat, and he was named one of the Top 10 Coaches of All Time.

Riley is also involved in many charity and community service projects. He and his wife, Chris, founded The Miami Heat Family Outreach in 1997, which has raised over $11 million for the South Florida community. The couple is also involved in the Pediatric AIDS Foundation’s Kids for Kids organization, which they started in 1992, and the YMCA in Los Angeles, New York and Miami. They have been actively involved with the Boys and Girls Club of America for over 30 years. Riley has won many prestigious awards, including the Miami Project Sports Legend Award and Boys and Girls Clubs Miami Person of the Year Award, and the YMCA of Miami honored him in 1998.

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    Famed Basketball Coach

    Pat Riley is a seven-time National Basketball Association World Champion, as well as the only head coach in NBA history to capture Coach of the Year honors with three different teams: the Los Angeles Lakers, the New York Knicks, and the Miami Heat. Coach Riley reached the 1000 victory plateau more quickly than any other Coach or Manager in the 4 major North American professional sports leagues. He currently stands as the all-time leader in both regular season and postseason victories for both the Lakers and the Heat.

    Riley′s resume is filled with many milestones during an NBA career that spans 39 years as a player, assistant coach, head coach, administrator and broadcaster and has produced seven NBA championships. He has compiled a 1,195-627 (.656) all-time record guiding the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and the Miami Heat during a 23-year head coaching career that is one of the most impressive in all of sports. His 1,195 regular season victories trail only Lenny Wilkens and Don Nelson on the NBA′s all-time list. As a result of his many accomplishments, in 1996-97 as the NBA celebrated its 50th Anniversary, Riley received one of the highest honors bestowed upon an NBA coach when he was named one of the Top 10 Coaches of All-Time by a panel of media who regularly cover the league. Simply put, Riley is a winner.

    He has been honored as the NBA Coach of the Year on three occasions, the only coach in NBA history to receive the award with three different teams. Riley has also captured NBA Coach of the Month honors a league-record 11 times. His 21 total postseason appearances as a head coach are tops in league history, two more than Hall of Fame coach Red Auerbach and his string of 19 consecutive postseason appearances as a head coach from 1982-2001 set a league record for consecutive postseason appearances. Riley has also served as a head coach in nine NBA All-Star games.

    Along with his wife, Chris, Riley has been involved with numerous charity and community service projects throughout his career. They founded The Miami Heat Family Outreach in 1997 which has raised over $11 million for the South Florida community and whose primary beneficiaries include Jackson Memorial Foundation′s Guardian Angels which supports the Holtz Center for seriously ill children, SafeSpace which is a domestic violence shelter for women and their children and the Miami Coalition for a Safe and Drug-free Community. They are also involved in the Pediatric AIDS Foundation′s Kids for Kids organization which they started in 1992 in New York, and the YMCA in Los Angeles, New York, and Miami. For over 30 years the Riley′s have been actively involved with Boys and Girls Clubs of America. As a result of his efforts, Riley has received many prestigious awards, including the Miami Project Sports Legend Award in 1992, Boys and Girls Clubs Miami Person of the Year Award in 1998, and was honored by the YMCA Miami in 1998.

    He is a consummate competitor who knows the exhilaration that comes with winning. His philosophy is based upon winning, leadership, mastery, change, and personal growth as well as understanding and controlling the shifting dynamics of a team-any team, whether it is a small company, a giant corporation, a city, or a group of athletes.


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Pat Riley Commencement Address


In this commencement address, Riley opens by joking that he “had enough of” teachers when he was in college. He says that he’s used to speaking to “12 sweaty men in their underwear” instead of a big crowd. He goes on to discuss the journey that the students have taken to get to their graduation, and congratulates the people who supported them in their lives. “I think that one of the most important things that a young person can have is the support of their family and their loved ones,” he says.

He continues by discussing his 46 years of working in basketball. “I never really wanted to do anything else,” he says. He adds a word of advice to the graduating class. “As you are going through today, this is probably a last in a lifetime experience for you… because everything coming forward is going to be a first,” he says. “In the next eight or nine years you’re going to be hit with more firsts… and you need to make sure that you never, ever, ever, ever, ever give up.”


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As a consummate competitor who knows the exhilaration that comes with winning, Riley has developed a philosophy that is based on winning, leadership, mastery, change and personal growth. His presentation, “The Winner Within” shows business people how to put the principals of teamwork and personal excellence to use in their organizations.

He provides audiences with a vision of how to go above and beyond by showing them how to ride with the cycles of team change and make the most of every opportunity. He draws out their natural leadership abilities and demonstrates how one person can make a difference for an entire team.

The Winner Within
Pat Riley is one of the brightest figures to ever coach in the NBA. He understands the psychology of teamwork and personal excellence and is a master at creating organizations whose achievements are greater than the sum of their parts. His speech shows business people how to put those principles to use.

He gives audiences a vision of how to go above and beyond. He shows how to ride with the cycles of team change and make the most of every opportunity. Riley also cites ways for them to draw out their natural leadership abilities and further shows how one person can make a difference for an entire team.





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    Riley, the coach of the New York Knicks and the author of Show Time, combines popular trends in business management, including team-building, with highlights from his two-decade association with professional basketball to produce a readable and inspirational guide for any coach, manager, and team member. Riley provides glimpses of the role played by the emotional side of basketball in winning and losing. He interweaves these experiences, mainly from playoff and championship games, with sound management principles and examples from the business world to illustrate his team-building leadership philosophy. Along the way, he tells some wonderful basketball stories. This book will appeal to a wide audience. Order Here


The Winner Within
Pat Riley is one of the brightest figures to ever coach in the NBA. He understands the psychology of teamwork and personal excellence and is a master at creating organizations whose achievements are greater than the sum of their parts. His speech shows business people how to put those principles to use.

He gives audiences a vision of how to go above and beyond. He shows how to ride with the cycles of team change and make the most of every opportunity. Riley also cites ways for them to draw out their natural leadership abilities and further shows how one person can make a difference for an entire team.


Pat Riley Commencement Address


In this commencement address, Riley opens by joking that he “had enough of” teachers when he was in college. He says that he’s used to speaking to “12 sweaty men in their underwear” instead of a big crowd. He goes on to discuss the journey that the students have taken to get to their graduation, and congratulates the people who supported them in their lives. “I think that one of the most important things that a young person can have is the support of their family and their loved ones,” he says.

He continues by discussing his 46 years of working in basketball. “I never really wanted to do anything else,” he says. He adds a word of advice to the graduating class. “As you are going through today, this is probably a last in a lifetime experience for you… because everything coming forward is going to be a first,” he says. “In the next eight or nine years you’re going to be hit with more firsts… and you need to make sure that you never, ever, ever, ever, ever give up.”