Have Some Fun!

“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. – Proverbs 17:22 (ESV) Practice was not going well. My high school soccer team looked awful! It had been a long season and the high hopes we had going into the year had been crushed by injuries...

Grace

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God, not the result of works, so that no one may boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9 (ESV) Perfection in the sports arena is rare. In 2010, Detroit Tiger pitcher Armando Galarraga...

Accountability

“So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.” – Romans 14:12 “What are you doing!” When coach asked that very loud question, each player in the room prayed his name wouldn’t be spoken in the next sentence. “What in the world were you thinking Charlie?”...

Faith Over Fear

“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” – 2 Timothy 1:7 (ESV) I’ve had the opportunity to coach many young boys who are playing contact football for the first time. The level of enthusiasm is always high as they report for that...

By Faith

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation.” – Hebrews 11:1-2 (ESV) By faith, Gabby Douglas persevered and overcome adversity to become an Olympic Champion. In her...

A Glad Heart

“A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed.” – Proverbs 15:13 (ESV) I had a conversation with a parent recently in which she told a story of a coach who was screaming at her son’s baseball team after a loss. She couldn’t believe...

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Team Meeting

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 players...

Leaving a Legacy

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

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...

100%

100%

“Do you not know that the runners in a stadium all race, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.” – 1 Corinthians 9:24 100%! As coaches, we’re always asking our athletes to give their all when they compete. Rarely do we get it. I remember...

Be Wise

Be Wise

“A fool’s way is right in his own eyes, but whoever listens to council is wise.” – Proverbs 12:15 I was in my first year as a head coach and wanted to do things the right way. However, the varsity player was testing my patience. He was consistently late for practice...

God’s Standard

God’s Standard

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “’Love the Lord our God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’...

A Solid Foundation

A Solid Foundation

“For we are God’s co-workers. You are God’s field, God’s building. According to God’s grace that was given to me, as a skilled builder I have laid a foundation, and another builds on it, because no one can lay any other foundation than what has been laid—that is,...

Marriage

Marriage

“Marriage must be respected by all, the marriage bed kept undefiled, because Godwill judge immoral people and adulterers.”– Hebrews 13:4 As coaches, we have a lot on our minds. Our lives are a never-ending merry-go-round of duties and responsibilities. Everyone and...

Don’t Be Ashamed

Don’t Be Ashamed

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God’s power for salvationto everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek.”– Romans 1:16 Do you remember getting your first letterman jacket? What a proud day that was! Mine was simple in design. The...

Fear

Fear

“I sought the Lord, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears.”– Psalm 34:4 With a glance in the rear view mirror, I could see the fear in their eyes. Maybe it was the armed guards at the gate, or it could have been the barbed wire fence that stretched as...