“The Superbowl Off The Field”

January 27, 2010

With just days till the 2010 Superbowl in Miami, the greatest competition may not be on the field but off the field. With much talk about the possible forthcoming Superbowl ad highlighting the story of Pam Tebow (Tim’s mother) and her decision not ot have an abortion versus having the child, TCC checked into her story and found some amazing character issues and core values at work.

Pam Tebow was serving with her husband, Bob, as a missionary to the Phillipines back in 1986. Somehow,  she contracted a disease called amoebic dysentery. This disease is usually caused by the intake of contaminated food or drink. This caused her to fall into a coma for a time. As she was being treated with strong antibiotics, doctors discovered she was pregnant. “[My husband] prayed for a son: Timothy. He came home and asked everyone to pray. Everyone prayed except me, because I already had four sons,” Pam Tebow jokingly shared at a recent gathering back in May of 2009. Once she found out she was pregnant, her doctor said that a healthy birth was nearly impossible. The doctors “didn’t think of it as a life; they thought of it as a mass of fetal tissue,” Pam said. They urged her to abort the baby, explaining that the strong medicines had caused irreversible damage. During this time, Pam nearly lost their baby four times but refused to consider the abortion. She recalled making a pledge to God and siding with her husband, ”If you will give us a son, we’ll name him ‘Timothy,’ and we’ll make him a preacher.” Even though the ad has not been shown as of the date of this posting, Tim is “preaching” today in doing this ad with his mother.

As a coach your character comes out of what you have been taught as well as what you have experienced.  TCC believes that Tim Tebow’s mother may be one of the greatest coaches of all time. She stated that, in homeschooling her children, one of her greatest goals in teaching them was to prepare them for handling disappointments. This is a definite goal of any coach. If your players can handle this issue, you have succeeded.

Tim also shares that he has been taught to lead with encouragement and not criticism. With all the furor and arguing over this one possible ad in the 2010 Superbowl, we are confronted not so much about what we believe about the abortion issue but as to what decision we will make in difficult times. It must be based upon what we believe even when we are deeply criticized for it. Character matters! Just ask Pam Tebow!


A New Era In Coaching

January 13, 2010

Well, a new era in coaching may be dawning. With the  movement of Lane Kiffin to another coaching position we see where a coach gets his dream job and then what ramifications others have to deal with. The timing of these moves place student athletes in positons of conflict as to what they should do. The domino affect of a coach’s move continues to cause warious emotions of anger, confusion, heartbreak and even excitement in the lives of others who have depended or will depend upon the word of that coach. The coaching business has really come to the forefront with this incident as student athletes are really taking the brunt. Listen to talk radio and look at the blogs and you will obtain opinions about what people are really thinking of some coaches who are making a move on the ladder of the coaching profession. The era of climbing this coaching ladder has gone to skipping a ladder wrung. Buyouts and breaking of contracts have gone to a new level. As the coach of a recreational league team or a professional team or the in-between levels, one must decide and walk out what they believe about one’s word to a team and the athletes that will be playing for that individual. TCC stands firm in it’s belief that coaches must carefully weigh their words and “their promises” to an athlete before they proceed with exhaling those words out of their mouths. The timing of a coaching move affects more than just the coach and his family. Has the business of athletic coaching and his W-L record overrun the character of a coach being a good platform to hire a coach? Recruits who depend upon a coach’s word in choosing a place to get an education and play a competitive sport need to evaluate what personal character is inside the coach before the recruits commit to a team.

Jumping For Joy For Your Players

October 1, 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.

Don’t Forget Your Injured Players

August 15, 2008

I got an email the other day from a woman with a son who she said was very depressed because he’d injured his neck during practice with his high school football team. It wasn’t life threatening and there wasn’t any fear of his being paralyzed, but he was told by doctors that surgery, to fuse two discs, was required and that he would never play football again.

She told me the surgery went well and he couldn’t wait to go out to football practice just to see his teammates. As he was standing on the sidelines, wearing a neck collar, a number of his teammates came over on their way out just to wish him well, but only one of seven coaches stopped to ask him how he was doing and it wasn’t the head coach.

The mother told me it bothered her son a great deal and her as well. The coaching staff went straight out onto the field and got busy “coaching”. This young man was no longer any use on the field, so he was no longer important, or so it seemed.

I don’t want to be overly critical because I don’t know the coaches, but it’s a stark reminder that anyone in the the coaching business is “Coaching for Life” and to get so wrapped up in the game could mean that you’re leaving behind a trail of tears.

Is that worth it?