At a press conference during 2016's women's Final Four, UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma was kind enough to give the world a glimpse into one of the most important tenets of his coaching philosophy.
The coach for UConn's women's team — which has won 109 straight games now — currently has his Huskies in the third round of the NCAA tournament and looking for a fifth straight national title. You could say he knows a thing or two about how to coach.
And in a timeless quote from last year's tournament that's resurfacing again a year later, Auriemma took a moment to share some of the wisdom he's picked up along the way.
Auriemma's gripe? Players have been bred to care more about how they look and how many points they score than their overall team's success. If a player is upset because they're not scoring enough, or if a player on the bench is not invested in her teammates' performance, she won't ever see the floor themselves, the coach said.
"We put a huge premium on body language," Auriemma said. "And if your body language is bad, you will never get in the game. Ever. I don't care how good you are."
That's something players at every level should take note of, especially given who said it.
Watch the full quote here: