Don Soldinger offers unbelievably passionate speech to Miami (FL) team
Posted by: Pete Roussel on Friday April 19, 2013
Posted by: Pete Roussel on April 19, 2013
Former Miami (FL) assistant coach Don Soldinger passionately spoke for nearly ten minutes after his recent induction into the UM Sports Hall of Fame.
Soldinger, who coached for 16 years at Miami, served as an assistant coach on the 1987 and 2001 national championship teams. He coached a long list of future NFL stars including Edgerrin James, Willis McGahee, and Clinton Portis.
After the 2006 season, Soldinger was dismissed from the staff by then head coach Larry Coker. He was one of four coaches (Art Kehoe, Dan Werner, and Vernon Hargreaves) that were relieved of their duties.
At the time of his dismissal, Soldinger said, "If he can find somebody better, more power to him. Maybe he'll find younger. He won't find anybody better."
During his speech to the 2013 team, he said, "I put 10 guys in the league that play running back. All we did was win. That's all I'm about. It's about you doing the right thing, being the best you can be, and winning. That's what I'm about."
Part of his message: "When you make a commitment to play for the University of Miami, you are no longer representing yourself. But you are a member of a team, representing your school and your community. Conduct yourself in such a manner that they can be proud of you and that you can be proud of yourself. It ain't about you anymore; it's about us."
Watch and listen to the passion and conviction of Don Soldinger:
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