Too Much Information

“Excessive speech is not appropriate on a fool’s lips; how much worse are lies for a ruler?” – Proverbs 17:7 It seemed innocent enough. Two friends, who happened to be coaching opposing baseball teams, just talking on a beautiful afternoon. As we stood on the...

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

“As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up and saw the Egyptians coming after them. Then the Israelites were terrified and cried out to the Lord for help.” – Exodus 14:10 As coaches, it’s not unusual to find ourselves in tight spots during competition. How...

Represent

“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ; certain that God is appealing through us, we plead on Christ’s behalf, ‘Be reconciled to God.’” – 2 Corinthians 5:20 As coaches, we often remind our athletes that they aren’t just playing for themselves. It was a...

Team Meeting

“Woe to you experts in the law! You have taken away the key to knowledge! You didn’t go in yourselves, and you hindered those who were going in.” – Luke 11:52 We all know about the team meeting. When things aren’t going well, the coach gathers his or her...

Leaving a Legacy

“I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13 Kay Yow left a legacy! The legendary women’s basketball coach at North Carolina State University won 737 games, coached her teams to four Atlantic Coast Conference tournament...

Dedication

“Therefore, all who are mature should think this way. And if you think differently about anything, God will reveal this to you also. In any case, we should live up to whatever (truth) we have attained. Join in imitating me, brothers, and observe those who live...

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Taking God for Granted

Taking God for Granted

 “So now, come back to your God. Act with love and justice, and always depend on him.” – Hosea 12:6 “Why are they playing so lousy?” That’s the question I muttered to myself as I sat in the stands watching my favorite team’s performance. Dropped passes, silly...

Can I get a witness

Can I get a witness

“Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what he did for me.” – Psalm 66:16 Who is the greatest athlete of all time? Who is the greatest coach of all time? What is the greatest team of all time? These are questions that are impossible to answer. How...

In the Present

In the Present

“This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.”– Psalm 118:24 (NLT) Somewhere today, champions are being built. While some wish to be great, others are putting in the work. Summer for most means no class, vacation, part-time jobs or just...

Peace in the Storm

Peace in the Storm

“The Lord gives His people strength; the Lord blesses His people with peace.” – Psalm 29:11 In the arena of sports, pressure is our constant companion. The coach’s heart pounds as he sends in the play that will decide the outcome of the game. The athlete has no place...

Hype

Hype

“But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” – James 1:22 In the world of sport, thinking too highly of yourself is a dangerous road to travel. It’s an easy trap for athletes, coaches, and teams to fall into. The media and fans often go over...

Laziness

Laziness

“The slacker craves, yet has nothing, but the diligent is fully satisfied.”– Proverbs 13:4 Two talented quarterbacks, each very capable of leading our team. Deciding which one would start in our season opener was an easy decision for me to make. Jake was...

118-24

118-24

 “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”– Psalm 118:24 In his book Inside Out Coaching, Joe Ehrmann tells the story of a struggling Syracuse University lacrosse team that was down by a score of 7 – 3 at halftime. It was an...

Keep Growing

Keep Growing

“To the law and the testimony! If they do not speak accordingto this word, there will be no dawn for them.”– Isaiah 8:20 Successful coaches are always learning! You can go to any clinic in the country and find the best coaches sitting on the front row. To...

Walking Straight

Walking Straight

 “Teach me Your way, Lord, and I will live by Your truth.Give me an undivided mind to fear Your name.”– Psalm 86:11 If I had a dollar for every line I’ve painted on an athletic field, I’d be a wealthy man! Preparing a field for competition is an art, and...

Disappointment

Disappointment

“The Lord is near to the broken hearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”– Psalm 34:18 Sport is a two-headed monster. In most every competition, there is the thrill of victory, but there is also the agony of defeat. Things haven’t gone the way you...