As the fall sport season winds down, and winter sports are just around the corner, I hope this finds you well and either excited about the post season or gearing up, enthusiastically, for the next season.
I commend all of you for navigating your teams through these trying times. Delays, cancellations, quarantines, and rule changes are among the many circumstances you have dealt with. I have watched you do it well. For some, your season is still coming, but I know that each of you will find vision and purpose in all that you do, even when things look so different.
During turmoil, I encourage you to always lead your athletes in a positive direction. Remember that it is their sport and their season being affected just as much, or maybe even more, than yours. You will coach other teams, while they may never have the opportunity to be a part of another team like this.
We all want to win. That is our nature as coaches – we are competitive! However, when it is all said and done, at the end of our careers, it will not be the wins that matter. We will look back and wonder how many lives we may have touched for the better. I cannot think of another profession that has such potential to transform lives. All good coaches will have had a positive impact on countless young people. The value of that impact may never be known. Coaching is one of the noblest professions. It is a hard job, a punishing job that requires much sacrifice, but it is well worth it. Billy Graham once said, “A coach will impact more people in one year than an average person will in an entire lifetime.”
Hang in there and keep your eye of the goal of influencing your athletes to live lives of value, punctuated with character and integrity. As you do, the “W’s” will take care of themselves.
We are thankful to have you on the MCA Team!