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My Life as a Division I Recruit

                I have always had a love for the game of football.  I’m not sure why or how, but from my earliest days, I can remember watching games on the old black and white television with my Dad and/or other family members.  I was in the second grade, I think, when I saw my first football game on TV that was in color.  I can still close my eyes and  see the colors of that game and I still remember that Notre Dame was playing. When I was six years old, my family…

Almost As Good Looking as Jimmy Edwards

  Tim Elmore, in his great book, “Generation iY”, writes about the fact that this iY Generation of young people has missed out on the “empathy gene”.   They seem to struggle with understanding how  their actions can impact, for  both good and bad, the lives of others.  You have to wonder if they are unable to figure it out or just don’t care.  It is easy to look around at the present time and see example after  example  of people that lack empathy.  I wonder if either of our presidential candidates would stop to help me out of a mess like…

I Am Pheidippides

  Many people have heard the legend of Pheidippides, the Greek runner that announced to the people of Athens, “Victory is Ours!”, after the Athenians defeated the Persians on the plains of Marathon in 490 B.C.  Legend has it that after the outnumbered Athenians routed the Persians, they asked Pheidippides to run to Athens to let the people know about their success in battle.  The story goes that Pheidippides ran the 26 miles, 385 yards from the plains of Marathon to the city of Athens, declared “Victory is Ours!”, and then fell dead of exhaustion.  I can relate to Pheidippides. The…

How I Met Carol Dweck

Have you ever heard of Carol Dweck?  She is the author of “Mindset”, a book about the importance of a person’s mental approach to life.  I read the book a couple years ago, and we used it this year as our  football team’s Leadership Council’s book study.  It is a really great book and I highly recommend it.  How I got to meet Dr. Dweck and have the opportunity to have  my picture taken with her will be explained later. I have always been a “reader”.  From the time I first learned to read, I have surrounded myself with books.  It is probably…

Top 10 Reasons I Am A Better Coach Than Parent

With David Letterman retired, I thought it might be a good time to bring back the Top 10 List that he made so famous.  This one is not without pain.  It is hard to admit that in many ways, I have been a better coach than a parent.  With Kevin  already in college, and the girls  headed to Missouri State in August, I have spent some time looking  back and trying to figure out some things I  could have done better. As a coach, we focus on the future, but constantly look back to see where we can improve and ask the…

All Parents Are Crazy

  I am lucky from time to time to have the occasion to speak to coaches all  over the country.  One of my points of emphasis is dealing with parents of athletes.  I tell them that there are only two rules they must never forget when dealing with parents of athletes. RULE #1:  ALL PARENTS ARE CRAZY RULE #2:  NEVER FORGET RULE #1 On May 13, 2016 at 12:52 pm, my time as a parent  of an athlete, came to an abrupt and painful end.  My  girls’  soccer season ended at that precise time and date during the quarterfinals of the Arkansas 6A Girl’s State…

Regan’s Princess Lucy

On a cold, Christmas Eve night over 15 years ago, I jumped into my trusty 1995 GEO Prism and took a drive from our home in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, to a small town in the northeastern part of the state, Grove.  I was on a mission.  My mission was to find a puppy for my three year-old daughter, Regan, to surprise her on Christmas morning.  Who knew that Santa delivered puppies all the way from the North Pole?  After getting lost several times, I pulled up in front of a  house and told the nice lady I was here to look at…

If I Had It All To Do Over Again

           I am one of the luckiest people I know.  I have “worked” as a football coach for 37 years and still love going to work every day.  There are many reasons that I enjoy it so much ,  but the easy answer is that I like what I do, where I do it, and enjoy the people, both young and old,  I get to work with and for. Over the years, I have had many parents come up to me and say something to the effect, “how can you get my son to run 56 sprints, when I…

“KIDS THESE DAYS”

“Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers.”  I get a good laugh every time I read this quote.  By the way, want to guess whose quote this is?  The correct answer is Socrates, a Greek philosopher that was born in 470 B.C. It  seems as if it is human nature to think the present generation of kids is going to…

Let’s Do Lunch

                  One of the great joys? of being a teacher and coach is having the “opportunity” to  do various types of activities that we, as teachers, call “duty.”  These duties usually consist of such things as  standing in front of the bathroom(bathroom duty), standing in the parking lot(parking lot duty), standing in the hallways(hall duty),  and my favorite, standing in the cafeteria, (lunch duty). As you can tell, these duties usually require you to stand in a specific place and make sure something terrible doesn’t happen.  We would probably define terrible as procreation,…