How to Personally Protect & Use Culture As A Weapon Against Mental Health Issues

"In case of emergency, a mask will drop from a container in the airplane ceiling. The mask, which looks like a yellow plastic cup, fits over your nose and mouth. An elastic strap goes around the back of your head, and the ends can be tugged to tighten the fit. Pull on the hose gently … Continue reading How to Personally Protect & Use Culture As A Weapon Against Mental Health Issues

How to Personally Protect & Use Your Program As A Weapon Against Mental Health Issues

"In case of emergency, a mask will drop from a container in the airplane ceiling. The mask, which looks like a yellow plastic cup, fits over your nose and mouth. An elastic strap goes around the back of your head, and the ends can be tugged to tighten the fit. Pull on the hose gently … Continue reading How to Personally Protect & Use Your Program As A Weapon Against Mental Health Issues

Fight The Good Fight “Form Your Spear”

  Regardless of what the movies say, over time the spear was the weapon of choice over the sword.  “from Judah, carrying shield and spear—6,800 armed for battle; From the tribe of Judah, there were 6,800 warriors armed with shields and spears.” -1 Chronicles 12:24. For a one on one fight, most warriors would choose the spear. … Continue reading Fight The Good Fight “Form Your Spear”

Create Your “Finish Line”

For a few weeks at the start of the pandemic, we instituted neighborhood PE on the street in front of my house. We had to purchase several boxes of sidewalk chalk to mark all the lines for activities and we even drew a 1st class basketball court. Those were some great afternoons filled with excitement … Continue reading Create Your “Finish Line”

Stack The Stones

I love doing small projects for my office, family, and friends. My rotary tool can help make some pretty cool keepsakes for people. Engraving in rock or stone always make a timeless item. The word rock or stone is often used in the Bible as well. Actually, according to the King James Version, the work … Continue reading Stack The Stones

Interstate to Success

  "Dad, are we there yet??" If you are a parent, then you know what this question means. You can imagine the long trip and how many times the kids will ask this question. In your mind, you can ride all day without stopping, but you know there will be many stops along the way. … Continue reading Interstate to Success

Running Downhill Against The Wind

My normal running track is from my house to an elementary school that is 1.6 miles away. A 5K race is 3.2 miles, so down and back gives me a natural running course. I usually run this track once or twice a week ,but lately with the COVID-19 shutdown, it has been every other day. … Continue reading Running Downhill Against The Wind

We Got This

This Lesson Is Written By Coach Milt Travis: Football was a sport that I had always liked but was too big to play in the local Pop Warner League. The option was to play on the junior high seventh and eighth grade team as a sixth grader. I had the size but I was scared and shy. … Continue reading We Got This

The Great Teammate

This Lesson Is Written By Coach Milt Travis: Much is written about being a teammate and much more about being a great leader. The best in both are servant minded. Years ago I met a young man in my basketball program who became a great teammate, a leader, and a soldier. Dewey didn’t have much, … Continue reading The Great Teammate

Pray, Play, & Enjoy The Present

We just finished signing day a few weeks ago. This day always reminds me of an important lesson and reminder. Every year, my hope is that players have maximized their experience in our program and gained values through football. Some will go play college football, just be a student, join the military, or go into … Continue reading Pray, Play, & Enjoy The Present

Whole Player Development: Program Overview

  "Whole Player Development" starts with an intentional plan within your organization. We must understand our Mission, Goal, People, and Program Areas to fully maximize development and experience. Please check out the video as we walk you through an overview of the program structure. This process is broken down into 3 main areas... Purpose, People, … Continue reading Whole Player Development: Program Overview

Seeking Purpose With A Helmet Cam

“Where there is no vision the people will perish.” -Proverbs 29:18 Most often when we hear this verse, we apply this only to a leadership principle. Although this maybe true, I believe it has a more direct connection to each of our personal journeys.  The fact that we do not need to give up on … Continue reading Seeking Purpose With A Helmet Cam

Aligning Athletic, Academic, & Character Development

We all have the ability to plan for our players year round in an athletic development sense. We are going to discuss how to have this same mindset in academic and character development.   

Burn The Ships

When Cortes arrived in the new world he had many people that were in doubt or fear of what was ahead. So he decided to have his ships burned and sunk. This decision gave his men no choice but to focus on the mission and the new conquest. When I think of this choice, I … Continue reading Burn The Ships

4 Jobs of a Player… Part V

Welcome back to an Extra Episode to the 4 Part Mini-Series on the 4 Jobs of a Player in our Program... To Recap.... 1) Get an Education: How your mindset in the classroom will effect your consistent on field performance 2) Be Coachable: How trust and a teachable spirit are key to consistent improvement and success 3) Be a … Continue reading 4 Jobs of a Player… Part V

You Are Meant To Be A Climber

For Christmas this year, my wonderful father in-law (Pete) and mother in-law (Bev) rented a house in Banner Elk, North Carolina. The trip was awesome and such a great time together with everyone. On the second day, I took the kids on a hike to see a waterfall on the mountain. The sign on the … Continue reading You Are Meant To Be A Climber

4 Jobs of a Player… Part IV

Welcome back to the 4 Part Mini-Series on the 4 Jobs of a Player in our Program... To recap, we have discussed jobs 1-3... 1) Get an Education: How your mindset in the classroom will effect your consistent on field performance. 2) Be Coachable: How trust and a teachable spirit are key to consistent improvement and success in … Continue reading 4 Jobs of a Player… Part IV

4 Jobs of a Player… Part III

Welcome back to the 4 Part Mini-Series on the 4 Jobs of a Player in our Program... 1) Get an Education 2) Be Coachable 3) Be a Great Teammate 4) Play for a Larger Purpose We have talked about the 1st Job, which is to "Get an Education." How your mindset in the classroom will effect … Continue reading 4 Jobs of a Player… Part III

Importance Of A Refilling Partnership

Was at the AFCA Convention recently and was eating dinner with Tony Ford. Tony is our Defensive Ends coach on staff and a long time great friend. Tony has always been such a great influence and has a tremendous heart for people. He has a great life story and super motivated to help kids, adults, … Continue reading Importance Of A Refilling Partnership

4 Jobs of a Player… Part II

Welcome back to the 4 Part Mini-Series on the 4 Jobs of a Player in our Program... 1) Get an Education 2) Be Coachable 3) Be a Great Teammate 4) Play for a Larger Purpose Last time, we talked about the 1st Job, which is to "Get an Education." How your mindset in the classroom will … Continue reading 4 Jobs of a Player… Part II

4 Jobs of a Player… Part I

Will be doing a 4 Part Mini-Series on the 4 Jobs of a Player in our Program... 1) Get an Education 2) Be Coachable 3) Be a Great Teammate 4) Play for a Larger Purpose Check out Part I on how a player that is dependable in the classroom is also dependable and consistent on … Continue reading 4 Jobs of a Player… Part I

Light in the “Fuse Box”

I talk weekly with a lifelong friend in Coach Mike Duffie. I became really close to Mike while he was our Head Basketball Coach in my first coaching job. He has been a true friend and one that is a brother in my life. I talk with Mike nearly every week and many times more … Continue reading Light in the “Fuse Box”

“Hubcap From Heaven”

Recently, I was able to spend a weekend with a man who has been a "father figure" in my life. His name is Milt Travis, he lives in Rome, Georgia and is a legendary high school basketball coach. I lived in Rome from fourth to eighth grade (1988-1992) and became childhood friends with Coach Travis' … Continue reading “Hubcap From Heaven”

Coaching In The “HOV” Lane

Driving in Atlanta, Nashville, Orlando, or any Major City... You know the value of the HOV Lane. The lane that stands for "High Occupancy Vehicle". The lane that requires two or more passengers for use. The lane to the far left that always seems to have cars whizzing by others while in standstill traffic. You … Continue reading Coaching In The “HOV” Lane

Taking Advantage of Mustard Seed Opportunities

"Dreams usually start out as mustard seed opportunities." -Mark Batterson I love this quote from Mark Batterson and recently used it in a team talk. In our discussion we emphasized the importance of recognizing opportunity and acting accordingly. The context of the mustard seed comes from Matthew 13:32: "It is the smallest of all seeds, … Continue reading Taking Advantage of Mustard Seed Opportunities