Too Much

As an FCA Staff member, I greatly appreciate the incredible group of people that I work alongside. It is amazing how much God has taught me through listening attentively to my teammates as the Holy Spirit speaks within our conversations. One conversation in particular took place a few years ago at a golf tournament. As I rode around the course …

Shoot-out

With 20 years of coaching, obstacles are expected. As much as you prepare yourself as a coach, there are always things we miss. A new obstacle presented itself to me this past weekend at our box lacrosse tournament. The tournament was coming to an end, and I was surprised to find out that overtime was no longer an option. We …

Reset

It was the moment that I had dreaded. The one that I knew would happen, but had hoped to never repeat. Anger, disappointment, and frustration flashed through my mind as my Irish fuse burned short. Here I was again, reaching into the goal net and pulling a lacrosse ball out of it. I picked up the ball with my well-worn …

One

As a coach, I am passionate about my team walking together as we enter onto a field. Before each game, we walk lockstep in two organized lines and mentally prepare for our next challenge. It is a sign of unity, helps our kids to remain focused, and encourages an urgent mindset that the game is already at hand. When I …

Extra-Ordinary

As we spend this Christmas season among decorated Christmas trees and houses, I can’t help but reflect on the humble beginnings of Jesus Christ. It is amazing to me that God chose a lowly and dirty stable to bring his only son into this world. Instead of displaying his unfathomable glory in a royal courtroom or sacred temple, he opted …

O’Come, O’Come Immanuel

Christmas is a wonderful season that means more and more to me each year. Our kids grow older, our family traditions become stronger, and precious memories build as we spend time together during the holidays. I wouldn’t trade these priceless family moments for anything. However, while spending time with family on Christmas is a big priority in our lives, there …

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 …