Sports: The New Secular Religion of America and Coaches are the Pastors.

In every community across America our young men and women are suffering the horrible effects of a toxic society filled with Individualism (What’s in it for me?), Hedonism (If it feels good, do it!), Minimalism (I’m going to do just enough to get by), Relativism (There are no “truths”), and Materialism (Whoever dies with the […]

ENTHUSIASM: FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT

A lack of enthusiasm is like a virus. Take a look at any team, business, class, school, parish, organization or even a home. When times are tough, many people share their pessimism, fears, and general lack of enthusiasm with their teammates, fellow coaches, classmates, teachers, parishioners, suppliers, customers, and family members. This lack of enthusiasm […]

The Difference between Impact and Influence

By Kevin Bryant [do action=”vfquote” quote=”The Place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” author=”Frederick Buechner”/] Most of us coach/athletic administrator types might not be able to explain totally our love affair with sport and student. We might fumble around a bit to share with […]

Former Texas A&M Coach Mike Sherman’s letter to Texas High School coaches

I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for allowing my staff and me to come into your high schools, recruit your players and share ideas with you. I am forever grateful for the access and opportunity you’ve offered me over the last four years. Other than going to practice every day […]

The Purpose of Sport

We live in a drastically different world than the one our parents and we adults grew up in. There are a lot more pressures and distractions on today’s youth. Our kids live in a society dominated with: Individualism: What’s in it for me? Hedonism: If it feels good, do it! Minimalism: I’m going to do […]

Patiently Dealing with Kids

For every coach, teacher, counselor, and administrator out there who is currently frustrated in dealing with unruly kids. Remember the story of the weeds in the wheat field? Dealing with today’s kids is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among […]

Faith and Keeping Your Eyes Fixed on Your Leader

Here is a story that most of you have heard before. After feeding the 5000, Jesus sends his disciples ahead of him in a boat to cross the Sea of Galilee. Several hours later in the night, the disciples encounter a storm. Jesus comes to them, walking on the water. This terrifies the disciples and […]

Tolerance and Hazing

Something that really bugs the heck out of me and flies in the face of both “Brotherly Love” and “Tolerance” has always been “Hazing”. As a coach, hazing is always lurking there in the shadows. It comes and it goes with classes and personalities, but I believe that we coaches need to be ever vigilant […]

BUTLER

By Dan Wetzel Shawn Vanzant sat in the corner of the Butler locker room, sobbing, his teammates said, at an almost uncontrollable level. Next to him was Matt Howard, a towel draped over his head, the tears coming just as hard. Together, the two seniors had shot 3 for 23, an absolutely abysmal, crushing performance […]

The Silver Bullet

In the early part of the week I noticed that Tom our starting senior fullback seemed distracted and distant, but I chalked it up to a “cold” or something. I was too busy with managing practice and running plays to worry about Tom having a bad day. On Wednesday Tom was late to practice and […]