Aaron Mann

On staff with FCA since March 2019, Aaron Mann (Portland, ME) currently serves as the Area Director of Southern Maine.  Mann continues to fulfill his passion of working to expand FCA’s ministry to coaches and athletes with his promotion to Regional International Coordinator (RIC), Northeast Region.  He will lean on past ministry experience with FCA International in Portugal and his …

Margaux Poplaski

Margaux Poplaski (Hampden, ME) has been on staff with FCA since 2011. In her tenure, she has served as an Area Representative, State Director and most recently, Regional Camps Coordinator for the Northeast Region. Poplaski hopes to glean from these experiences as she transitions into the role of Ministry Advancement Coordinator, broadening her focus from the Camp environment to all …

Nathan Bliss new Northeast Regional Vice-President

‘Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me.”’ Isaiah 6:8 (NLT) When the Regional Selection Committee set out to find a new leader for the Northeast Region, they asked God to make it clear who the next Regional Vice President …

Finishing the Season

The lock screen on my iPhone is a picture of dusk at day’s end.  As my final days as FCA’s VP of Field Ministry for the Northeast Region come to a close, it’s good to take a moment to look back at the past ten years and see how God has orchestrated change in His perfect timing. I remember, as …

Ministry Highlight: Jamie Ellerson

“FCA is still pretty new to the area. So, we continue to work at making inroads to coaches” says Jamie Ellerson, Binghamton’s Area Representative. “But, what I’m most excited about right now really combines coaching and the local church in a big way – it’s just the beginning of a new move of God in our region.” Ellerson is referring …

3 Seconds

Whenever a team I coach takes the field, I emphasize a few important points I want them to consider during the game that is about to unfold.  Recently, our focus was on how to respond after we make a mistake. I challenged the boys to play three seconds of great lacrosse after every mistake they make on the field. During …

Staff Introduction: Glenn Olson

Glenn Olson grew up outside Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from Melrose High School in 1979 where he played hockey and soccer. Olson attended Gordon College in Wenham, MA where he met his wife, Joan. He graduated with a B.S. in Physical Education, in 1983. While at Gordon, he played hockey and served as assistant captain, then captain his senior year.  …

IMITATION

“Imitate me as I imitate Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1 Most people don’t realize that a coach usually invests the same amount of time preparing for a practice as they do running the very practice for which they have prepared.  Early one season, I spent time researching and setting up a new drill that I was excited to share with the …

Ministry Highlight: Shara MacDonald

“For me, coaching is not a job – it’s a mission,” says Shara MacDonald, one of FCA’s coach reps, health teacher and head coach for Erskine Academy’s Girls Field Hockey and Lacrosse teams. “But that wasn’t the case before FCA.” MacDonald is candid about how the impact of FCA philosophies has shaped her life and dedication as a teacher and …

Conscience Clear

One surprise tactic that I deploy in coaching my teams is having a referee visit our practice unannounced.  As a coach, I ask the referee to check all of our equipment to see if any of our players are trying to create an advantage by using illegal sticks.  Some people think I am taking it too seriously, or that it’s …