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 …

Listen Up

When coaching high-intensity sports, it is always fun to watch the facial expressions of players as they come off the field and hit the bench. They are usually dripping wet with sweat and are full of adrenaline; their eyes wide open with the excitement of what had just unfolded during the game. As a coach, I have learned that players …

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 …