Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.

The advent of and the willingness of coaches to provide occasional access to locker room scenes have provided some really cool videos.

Monday night was one of those times. The difference was that Bill Fennelly’s passion for Iowa State was also shared publicly in a news conference setting.

After spending time discussing strategies in a “great college women’s basketball game” Fennelly was asked if he saw his own image in this team.

After a lengthy silence he said: “if it does, that’s a huge compliment to me, because that’s an amazing group of kids. I loved coaching this team. They gave me something back that I thought I’d lost. To be around them every day and see how hard they worked and the progress they made and the way they cared about one another and the way they wore a uniform that means so much to so many people… amazing.”

Fennelly then said he’d lost a little bit of belief that some people weren’t willing to do things the Iowa State way.

“But, this team did,” Fennelly said.

In the locker room, Fennelly did tell his team that what they did for the school will last a long time. Then, he closed the way he always does.

“Don’t cry because it’s over,” Fennelly said. “Smile because it happened.”

It’s hard not to think that his smile was symbolic for something bigger. It was the confirmation to Fennelly that this team really did understand.



4 thoughts on “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.

  1. The team reaffirmed things for many of us beyond Coach Fennelly. He was the lucky one. He worked with them every day. We were lucky that we got to see the results of his and their hard work. We witnessed the passion of this team. We witnessed the results of desire and persistence. We saw a perfect example of what it means to do it the “Iowa State way.” They, the players and coaches, made us proud to be Iowa State.

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