Brokenhearted

If you’ve ever coached before, you can understand the emotion felt after a tough loss and having to make adjustments to a team line-up. After losing a significant lacrosse game, our coaching staff jammed together in a small, dark coaches room and began to discuss a difficult decision regarding two goalies on our team. We had challenged both players that …

The Greatest Tie Ever

As I look back on my coaching career, there’s one moment that stands out in my mind that most people probably won’t remember. On a lacrosse field full of kindergarteners in our hometown, was a life lesson that I’ll never forget. It was the last game of the year, and I was feeling hopeful that we’d see a lot of …

Giving Thanks

Music pumped through the Nissan Rogue as we made our frequent winter sports trip to All Star Sports in Irondequoit. Caleb and Luke dialed in the tunes as we drove to FCA practice. The speakers in the over-packed car were muffled. I could barely see out the rear-view mirror. Then, there was the stench that only a lacrosse family could …

Slow Mo

I’m amazed when I watch sports on television these days. Fans can be part of the action like never before through multiple camera angles, the slow motion replays, and all the emerging technological advances. Details that can’t be picked up by the naked eye are now available frame by frame in high definition. Video technology can also be a great …

Quick Answers

As my son Luke and I were heading to a recent lacrosse tournament, we found ourselves yet again driving down the New York State thruway. It’s like a concrete treadmill that just keeps going: flat, straight and the same road I have been on my whole life. The people that know how to drive it are constantly changing lanes to …

Selfless Integrity

Many coaches may dream of championships, Gatorade baths, or being carried off the field by their players. Those moments are great, but can be quickly forgotten. There are some moments that can be even greater, helping to change a perspective of others for a farlonger term. On Saturday, at our FCA Invitational Lacrosse Tournament, I observed a particularly heated game. …

Hit the Sled

I couldn’t believe it. The five-man football sled was sitting right in the middle of our practice field for the second week in a row. I turned to one of the other coaches and asked, “In light of that massive sled, how heavy it is, and the fact I have never played football or moved a sled like that before, …

10 Man Ride

As a lacrosse goalie, I could tolerate many things. Standing in the cold in early season games, opponents running their mouth after they scored on you, being slashed because you did not wear arm pads, and taking hard shots of your shins were a few of them. However, there is one thing I could not stand. More than anything, I …

Prepared

Sunday marked the beginning of a new lacrosse season, which is always an exciting time for me as I get to know the players.   As part of the practice plan, which includes skills development and fundamentals, I will install our offense, start game preparations, and plan the direction of where we want to be.  During the boys’ first team-builder …

And

As the timeout broke, the objective was clear to everyone on the team: possess the ball until the game ends. I relayed the same message to my players three times over as the huddle broke: “Be sure the game ends with the ball in your stick.” We are up one, with under a minute remaining and no timeouts left. Coming …