My Voice

A few years back I wondered what my voice sounded like as I coached, so I embarked on something I had never done before.  Half scared, I put a voice recorder in my pocket and hit “record” as the game began.  As the game went on, I eventually forgot that the device was in my pocket. It was incredibly humbling …

Equipping

Having coached sports for many years, it’s difficult for me to overcome my aversion to having coaches on the field while the kids play.  Often I would see coaches pacing the sidelines as they yell at their players the entire game, believing they are instructing them, but completely distracting the players from having fun and enjoying the game. I often …

Winter

As the new year begins, the prospect of spring seems a long long way off. Of the four seasons, winter may be the least appreciated, yet it is a season with a purpose.  In winter God does incredible things through the nature around us, as He also prepares for the beauty of what is to come in springtime.  Although the …

Empowered

During the final days of 2018, sports fans will be watching the highlights and debating which is the greatest moment of the year.  When I reflect on this past year, for me, November 7 is the uncontested “greatest moment of the year.”  On that day when FCA’s Northeast staff gathered for our annual staff retreat, they committed to intentionally invest …

Weave

In my earliest days as a coach, I had the privilege of working a clinic alongside a couple of hall of fame coaches who had been coaching lacrosse longer than I’ve walked the earth. These true legends of the game were late in their years and no longer active coaches. As an over-confident 25-year-old, my peers and I snickered at …

Wait

Moses answered, “Wait here until I have received instructions for you from the Lord.” Numbers 9:8 Nothing can slow a game down more than the moment when the coaches’ challenge flag comes out. As the red flag hits the ground, the players look at each other, then stop to wait for the instant replay. As frustrating as this can be …

If

As a young coach I thought I knew best how the players needed to be instructed so we would win. I remember one game where I became overly emotional on the sidelines as I told the players that we needed to score the next goal. Our head coach quickly responded by saying: “Even IF we do not score the next …

Thanksgiving

I enjoy listening to numerous podcasts during my workouts. Recently, I was listening to Jamie Munro (JM3 Lacrosse podcast) as he had a conversation with college coaches about recruiting athletes. One of the coaches shared that even if he watches an entire game of a player’s worst performance, he can still find the player for which he is looking. In …

Summit

As we piled in the car – the last to depart the annual FCA Summit, I looked in the rear-view mirror and watched the Mountain Top Inn & Resort fade away as we began the drive home. I knew people would ask how the week had gone, and that it would be very hard to articulate to others the profound …

Contentment

I’ve never seen a play work like our extra man offense did one season. It was so much fun to watch the boys repeatedly execute the play. It would create an easy goal for one of our players to finish an uncontested shot. As we ran the play, a few passes before the easy goal the whole play was predicated …