“I had a young man one time, a sophomore who was struggling,” he says. “We’re in the middle of a lesson one day, and he raises his hand. He says, ‘Coach, why are we doing this? I’m never going to do algebra in my life.’ ”

“I’m one of those believers in those powerful moments, where what you say can impact something in a positive or negative way. And in that one moment, I knew he was vulnerable, and he was looking for guidance in that question he asked. I said, ‘You’re right. You’re never going to do algebra in your life, but mathematics teaches you logic, teaches you how to solve a problem. And when you get to be my age, you spend every day of your life trying to fix problems. That’s why you have to develop your mind.’

— Coach Frank Martin, The Sporting News, November 1, 2012