The Takeover

It’s a great time of the year for me as I serve in our FCA lacrosse summer program. I have the privilege of coaching a group of kids that just finished up fifth grade and are excited to grow in both their athletic skills and Christian faith. After each team practice, our group sits down together while I lead and …

Midnight

As I recently read through the book of Acts, I was inspired by the stories of Paul’s boldness as he shared his faith to both the Jews and Gentiles. He maintained a determined attitude throughout his ministry that can serve as a great encouragement to us in our daily lives. One of my favorite verses in Acts paints a picture …

Smelling Salts

I have seen pre-game rituals recycle from one generation to the next. One recent thing that I have noticed and never anticipated coming was the obsession of older lacrosse players sniffing smelling salts before a game. As a player, I used to dread smelling salts, as they were primarily used for waking you up from a concussion. Recently I have …

Consider

This spring held a new adventure in my lacrosse coaching career as I started working with our seventh and eighth-grade boys lacrosse team. As I began to refamiliarize myself with the group, I realized that the boys had changed in noticeable ways since the last time I had worked with them. A few years ago, they were younger, easier to …

FCA Camps

When you coach a team, the days leading up to your first game of the season can seem never-ending. You just can’t wait to get on the field and get after it together! May is a fun month for our FCA staff as we wait in similar anticipation for what God is going to do at FCA Camps this summer …

Enjoy

Oftentimes when I visit New York City, I have the pleasure of staying at the Salisbury Hotel on 57th and 7th Street. I appreciate their support of FCA, and it has been a great place for me to stay while helping the awesome team that God has raised up to serve and support the NYC area. On my last trip …

Focus

Coaching has a way of bringing what is inside of our hearts to the surface of our lives. While our lacrosse team had all the momentum during one particular game, I pessimistically mumbled under my breath, “This is when we typically become unglued.” After pausing for a second, I realized that I should not think negatively about our team and …

Shelter

Having coached lacrosse in Upstate New York, I have been through several spring seasons with freezing temperatures on the field. After standing for an hour and a half at a particularly frigid practice last week, I jumped in my car and immediately kicked on the heat. Within a few minutes, the Nissan Rogue had warmed up, and I was finally …

Fixated

When you coach in the FCA program, you not only get to coach great athletes, but you oftentimes receive great coaching from the coaches you serve alongside. This past week, I found myself working alongside another coach (a good friend of mine) through a challenging situation. None of my ideas or suggestions were making sense to him while we tried …

Courage

Exodus 2-3 I recently led a lacrosse practice that pushed me to my edge as a coach. After two hours of practice, none of the players had made a mistake, committed a penalty, or taken a risk. At the top of my lungs, I told them how frustrated I was that no one was stepping up or playing boldly during …