How do you build a winner?
There isn't exactly a recipe for winning you can get out of a sports cookbook, but several valid thoughts on the subject relate to the tradition of winning, and on using creativity to win a lot.
That explains why Michael Jordan won lots, and why countless others simply didn't.
Local youth football coach Mark Watts believes in those two philosophies and it is something he believes to be a hallmark of his career as a coach leading some of the area's non-traditional football powers to new heights.
"In Ogden Valley, we always have to have trick plays to catch people off balance, so I try to emulate Boise State's coaching staff," Watts said. "That's not what my team is based on, but I loved the creativity."
Michael Curran, the commissioner of the Utah Youth Indoor Football League, noted Watts' success stems from his ability to take athletes who aren't used to winning, and getting them to believe in their potential.
"As a person, coach Watts has taught that we can be winners, in football and life," Curran said. "He gives the boys the attitude that they can be champions if they work at it."
For Watts, whose entire football experience stems from playing eight-man football in California, the development of talent and skills are key to overall success.
"The biggest thing is seeing their weaknesses and strengths, and then working on both," Watts said. "We break the kids up, and we teach them plays. It can be rigorous, but we go play-by-play, and just work on personal skills. And, that's a lot of stuff that doesn't happen in the youth."
High school coaches will always speak of the importance of well-developed young players being the lifeblood of prep football programs. Watts, who coaches athletes from schools such as Ogden, Ben Lomond and Weber, noted fundamentals are even more important for schools that haven't experienced a great deal of success over the past decade.
"We outline what each player's job is, and that's a huge thing even at the high school level," Watts said. "It's a very simple game, but it's a very complicated game, but they all have to know their assignment every single play.
Curran firmly believes Watts' style could help change the football culture surrounding Weber County's less-successful programs.
"I think it'll have a big impact," he said. "But, I think the impact will be because winning is contagious, and those kids will be used to winning."
Watts' winning attitude was never more evident than in the championship game for their division earlier this season, when his Warriors came from behind to beat Affliction, 22-18.
"It was huge- the emotion from these kids was tremendous," Watts said. "I got these guys' hearts, and I gave these kids something they'd never had before."
In the minds of those who observe him, it's Watts' people-first mentality that is credited by most as his reason for success.
"He's shown a lot of care, a lot of concern," Michael Curran said. "And it's all very genuine."
In the end though, Watts just wants to be remembered for what his team has accomplished on the field.
"These guys know that I don't like to lose, and they know that," Watts said. "I think they've got that extra drive because I've pushed them, and I think the greatest thing I'll ever remember is how I've developed these kids, and how they never gave up."