Memories

Last week our middle school football season came to an end.  Working with 7th grade students and knowing that I would be coaching the same group next year as 8th graders,  I set as my primary goal for the season that each player would want to come back and play again...

“Locker Room Banter”

Unless you’ve been under a rock for the past 72 hours, you’ve heard the phrase “locker room banter” about 1000 times.  The phrase is part of a statement that ends with the words, “I apologize if anyone was offended”.  At the risk of...
Patience and Understanding

Patience and Understanding

I coach to help young people develop a love for sports and for others.  There’s a little bit more to my personal Coaching Purpose Statement, but that’s the most relevant part to this post.  Teaching a love for sports and love for others is my goal....
Reflection

Reflection

I’m coaching middle school football again this year, and we’ve added a new component to the weekly schedule.  Nothing hugely time consuming, but an exercise designed to get the boys to do some thinking and reflecting. One of our themes for the year is...