Unfortunately as time went on, the family was not making enough and had to sell the farm. Although it was a tragic thing to happen, John learned a valuable life lesson from his father. His father taught him six instructions that stuck with John throughout his life and would use in his coaching career:
“Never lie, 2. Never cheat, 3. Never steal, 4. Don’t whine, 5. Don’t complain, and 6. Don’t make excuses”.
Although it seemed like common sense, John would follow these instructions and make his players abide by them as well. Serving as a foundation to his coaching, these rules turned John into the man and coach that he was. John included in interviews that he owes a lot of his success to his father and to his roots of where he grew up for giving him the motivation to grow up and become successful.