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 …

Staff Intro: Katie Tutak

“I was usually going from one practice straight to another” says, Katie Tutak who grew up in North Tonawanda, NY, and played almost every sport you can imagine. In high school, she played soccer, basketball, and lacrosse – as well as club sports. While attending Marist College, Tutak played soccer and lacrosse. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor …

Norm

After our staff’s weekly time of listening to Scripture this morning, I sensed the Lord challenging me.  I sensed that he was calling me to trust Him more.  He was going to ask me to take a risk.  My impulse was to think, “I really like being comfortable.”  I like what I like, and I appreciate the familiarity of my …

Jake Hannon Highlight – 2019

“Seeing the power of prayer at work is what has me the most excited right now,” says Jake Hannon, FCA’s Buffalo Metro Director. “God orchestrates amazing things through the vision of his people.” About the same time Jake was hired by FCA in 2018, two father’s of athletes were dreaming and praying about bringing FCA baseball to Buffalo. It was …

Confidence

Anyone who’s coached with me may realize that I do something very unique that not everyone appreciates. Maybe it is when the opposing coach is coaching his hardest, or during the most crucial points of the year, that I will intentionally step back and see who is willing to step up and take responsibility. If the goal in coaching is …

I Will

Recently, a player either intentionally or unintentionally violated one of the fundamental principles of our offense.  When I reminded him of the importance of remaining faithful to our game plan, he looked me in the eye and said, “I will.” To me, this implied that he will commit to getting it right the next time.   Similarly, in my faith, I …

Staff Spotlight: Cody Foster

Cody Foster grew up in Cazenovia, New York where he played football, wrestled, and ran track in school. He was recruited to play football at St. John Fisher College where he started for three years and became Captain of the team. Foster graduated with a degree in Communication and Journalism with a focus in public speaking in 2014 and has …

Staff Spotlight: Mickey Morello

When Mickey Morello heard about FCA for the first time, he felt that God was stirring his soul for young athletes in sports ministry. “I have an evangelical call on my life to share my faith in Jesus Christ,” says Morello. “I just want to see students encounter Him in real ways. After I realized what FCA was doing in …

Peacemaker

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” Matthew 5:9 When Jesus gave us the eight Beatitudes in the book of Matthew, He gave us incredible keys to a fulfilling life that honors Him.  While His promises are great, some of them are extremely challenging to live out.  Outside of coaching, there may not be another …