My dad passed away on Monday. He was a good man. He was a father to more than his sons and a friend to more than a few. This is one of my favorite moments as his oldest son.
We continued to talk for a few more minutes. It is always great to catch up with former players and see what lessons they took from our time together. This conversation reminded me, however, that a coach’s influence doesn’t end when the season is over, but that for the rest of that player’s life, I will always be “Coach.”
Coach, challenge your athletes to set the standard for the team. They will not adhere to seemingly arbitrary rules handed down on a piece of paper or written on a wall. You didn't when you were an athlete and neither will they. However, if you can get them to feel how the expectation will help them, you will see improved compliance.
The recruiter is not there to see you tackle, throw, bump, spike, pitch, catch, hit, shoot, or pass for the thousandth time. He already knows your stats. He has already watched your highlight film and read all the press clippings. He has likely seen you play. What he is looking for are called intangibles, the things that cannot be easily measured, but make all the difference.
What does it take to build a legacy? One brick at a time.
This is a poem about "mindset" I put to memory long ago. It has served me well. Enjoy!
"The idea of molding men means a lot to me." Coach Bear Bryant said that. When coaching football, that is reality what we are doing. These young men look to us for guidance on the field and subsequently will use those same strategies off the field. We teach how to have a sense pride, how to handle winning and losing, to believe in themselves, to "finish the block" and how to communicate with others. Ask yourself, who on your team looks at you like a father? Remember, you don't have to be a good father to be looked at like a father. There are PLENTY of bad fathers out there...