Life is a Gift. Live It!

September 26, 2008

Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it. Just believe and get after it…and let Adam Bender give you a little reminder.


When Players Coach Other Players

September 17, 2008

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What Kind of Legacy are You Leaving Behind?

September 9, 2008

Last Saturday I was invited to Celina, Tennessee, a small community about 120 miles away from Nashville. The high school there was honoring a long time former coach by naming the new football stadium after him.

John Teeples coached football from 1955-1969 and in that time had only one losing season. He also won two major bowl games that would be considered state championships now. He did all of this while coaching without one single assistant and often having less than 20 players on his teams.

About 70 of his former players surprised him at the luncheon. Men who were as old as 70 came from all over the area and out of state to show their love and respect. They stood and talked about how Coach Teeples shaped their lives by being tough yet fair and at all times caring for them. He’d pick up the ones that lived in the country and bring them to school and would take them home at night. He was their Sunday School teacher and his wife was their adopted mother.

Here they were, grown, even old men, with tears in their eyes hugging and loving a man who was so overwhelmed that he simply sat in a chair teary eyed. Coach Teeples called it the greatest honor of his life. What it told me was that if you “Coach for Life” you can leave a legacy behind that can affect generations to come.

If you’re a coach now, what kind of legacy are you leaving behind? Only the players you’re coaching now will be able to answer that question.

The Right Word at the Right Time

September 4, 2008

I saw a coach teaching a young quarterback how to be a leader the other night when UCLA upset 18th ranked Tennessee in the Rose bowl. UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel had his hands full with untested, third string quarterback Kevin Craft in the first half.

Craft looked lost and threw four interceptions. Neuheisel seemed to be lost between frustration and encouragement. He seemed absolutely put out at times and if I could read lips he seemed to be trying hard to control himself with his young quarterback. But in the second half Craft lit it up. He was a completely different man. He was tough and in control and ultimately led the Bruins to an overtime victory.

Right after the game, in an interview, Neuheisel was asked what he told Craft at half time. Neuheisel simply said, “I told him that I had four interceptions in my first game and still came back so keep your head up and believe in yourself.”

Coaches are human, they lose their temper when they don’t want to, or don’t mean to, but the good ones gather themselves and realize that they can make or break an athletes spirit in one game. Don’t ever forget that.

Does Hair Length Matter in Mens Sports?

September 3, 2008

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