The Happy Shirt Collection

The Happy Shirt Collection

Look what I got in the mail this week! A Hard Rock Café t-shirt from Aruba. I am a little taken back by it, to be honest. Let me explain… I collect Hard Rock Café t-shirts. There is a wall in my house where the entire collection is prominently displayed. The story of...

Respect Time

Respect Time

If a sports team was getting ready to play an undefeated perennial powerhouse, you would expect to see a heightened level of focus in their preparation for that opponent. They would bump up their effort because they have a greater respect for that opponent than most...

Making Good Teammate Moves

Making Good Teammate Moves

When dancers hit the dance floor, they bust a move. And if they are a good dancer, they have good moves. The same is true for athletes. When basketball players hit the court, they make moves. They spin, shake, shuffle, crossover, etc. with the intention of scoring. If...

Bend…But Don’t Break.

Bend…But Don’t Break.

Our family survived Hurricane Irma! As new Floridians, it was our first hurricane. I wouldn’t necessarily call that a commendable achievement, nor would I label it as a particularly fun experience. But I will say it was an experience that provided me with an even...

Don’t Feed the Alligators

Don’t Feed the Alligators

If you spend any length of time in Florida, you will inevitably encounter an alligator. In fact, the occurrence is so common that warning signs are posted around communities with the intention of reducing the frequency of the encounters. One of those such signs is...

When You Represent More Than Yourself

When You Represent More Than Yourself

The fall sports season is upon us! It’s sad to see the summer come to an end, but it is exciting to see athletes of all ages return to the fields and courts for the beginning of their fall seasons. To commemorate their return, I tweeted a bit general advice to the...

That Kid Jake

That Kid Jake

I am writing this week’s blog with a very heavy heart. Early in my coaching career, I was assigned the task of coaching the institution’s men’s soccer team. As a basketball coach, I knew very little about the sport of soccer. But it was common practice at that time...

First Day of School

First Day of School

It’s that time of year again. Back to school. With the abundance of store specials and advertisements on television, the occasion has practically achieved holiday status. One of the most heartwarming moments of my life came on the morning of the first day of school...

When the Family Is a Team

When the Family Is a Team

So often in sports we hear coaches try to compare their team to a family. It is intended to be a very positive and encouraging assessment. However, it is also a cliché that I’m not always sure translates to all young athletes. The reason is that some players grow up...

Victory Cake

Victory Cake

If you spend any amount of time on social media, you’ve at some point surely had the thought that “Every day is something day.” National Talk Like A Pirate Day. National Underwear Day. National Skip Rope Day. National Sneak Some Zucchini Into Your Neighbor’s Porch...

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