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kevin ollieSeven national and collegiate basketball coaches, including University of Connecticut men’s head basketball coach Kevin Ollie and women’s head basketball coach Geno Auriemma, met with the President of the United States at the Pentagon on Thursday, May 8, to lead a panel on leadership with 400 members of the United States Military.

Their appearance was a part of the Hoops for Troops program focusing on common challenges shared by basketball teams and service members.

During his appearance, Ollie told the service members that from his experience, “It’s more important to be respected than liked” in a leadership role, and added, “I’m not a wedding planner, I’m a coach.” He also said that his job as a leader is to be a “dealer of hope.”

When it was Auriemma’s turn to speak, he said that his leadership approach is to teach his players to figure it out, expelling that it gives players a sense of ownership and confidence. He also said that, as he’s gotten older, he’s learned to embrace the notion that “you can’t control what you can’t control” and it’s “all about how well you train.”

In addition to making an appearance at the Pentagon, both coaches also visited the Oval Office and met separately with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. They will both be heading back to the White House with their teams on June 10 to celebrate their NCAA Div. I National Championships.

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