Gentleness

Gentleness I remember growing up in our small town and all the old dear hearts and gentle people who lived there. You know who I am talking about, that kind old gentlemen or women who used to pat you on the head and give you a quarter. You have known them your entire life and […]

Greeting Players with Great Love

How do we show great love for our players? One important way is how we greet our players when they come to practice, a meeting, a weight lifting session, etc. How did you greet your players the last time you met with them? Did you greet them all warmly, or just a select few? We […]

How to grow in friendliness

Virtue is the common thread that binds the tapestry of humanity. The easiest way to be friendly to others (especially those who you do not care for) is to see your own self in them. The secret is to look for and recognize the things that you have in common with others. Most of those […]

FAIN, FEIGN, AND SINCERITY

Here are a couple of outdated words in the English language that I think we should bring back and use more. Fain: to want, to desire, to be compelled to do. and Feign: to pretend or act. Some of my favorite writings are those of Blasé Pascal (1623-1662), a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and […]

Passionate Enterprise

The creative force behind all great art, all great drama, all great music, all great architecture, all great writing is passion. Nothing great is ever accomplished in life without passion. Nothing great is ever sustained in life without passion. Passion is what energizes life. Passion makes the impossible possible. Passion gives you a reason to […]

The Buried Life

One of my favorite sayings is that as coaches and leaders, we must “Pierce the World’s Veil of Fear and Speak to the Soul of every Man”. This saying speaks to the fact that we believe most men and women of our post modern relative, technology driven society, have constructed elaborate barriers to protect and […]

Counsel

Counsel is a special gift of advice that can enable a young person to avoid some of the poor decisions and mistakes of their elders. It is absolutely necessary, because poor decisions and mistakes have consequences that affect the lives of others beyond those who just made the poor decisions and mistakes. Sometimes the consequences […]

TEAM SPIRIT

A high school football team (or any team for that matter) is more than the sum of the individuals that make up the team. Players, coaches, parents, teachers, administrators, boosters, students, and fans are the members. A football community, like the individual persons from which they are formed, takes on a kind of spirit, personality, […]

CHASTITY: A TOUCHY SUBJECT!

For most people the word “Chastity” immediately brings to mind a negative response. You start saying to yourself things like “Chastity is old fashioned, Victorian, and prudish, not for modern man”, “My sexuality is private, stay out!”, and “Chastity is about religious repression”. We need to talk about Chastity, but let’s not talk about any […]

PLASTIC AND METAL TROPHIES

Things were going real well for the Kennedy Trojan football team in 2010, right up until our State Championship semi-final game against Gold Beach. Gold Beach did a great job of defending us, they were fired up to avenge an earlier season loss, and with a couple key injuries to our players, the perfect storm […]