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Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Won’t you be my neighbor?

Friendship is complicated. Remember in elementary school when someone created a “playground club” and you weren’t included? Or remember knowing that you were responsible for leaving someone out? Remember in high school when jealousies and accomplishments began to affect your choices in friends and who you ran around with or didn’t invite? Then, college came …

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Dear Coach, This is my Mid-Season Grind

Dear Coach, This is my Mid-Season Grind

Dear Coach,  Mid-season is upon us, and we are in the thick of it.  The excitement that kick-started the season back in June is fading. The spark of competition from August is dimming, and long hours have evolved into even longer days. This is the grind. The mid-season grind and Coach, it is tough.   At …

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Surely Goodness and Mercy

Surely, Goodness and Mercy

Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23:6  I am probably very similar to you. My first experience with this verse and the five stanzas that precede it occurred at a funeral. As a result, I assumed …

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When God Doesn’t Fix It

When God doesn't fix it

During one of our early seasons that didn’t end with a good record, the Athletic Director told the entire coaching staff that they needed to “fix it” or they’d all be gone. This was only our second season at this school, so it was difficult to embrace the “fix it” logic since my coach didn’t …

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Is It More Than Just A Game?

Is It More Than Just A Game?

Our household includes one coach and one social worker, and I do not think that happened accidentally. I spend my life viewing the world through the lens of “what is happening behind the scenes in this person’s life?” I can’t help but apply that to every child who walks through the doors of my coach’s …

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Coach, Minister or Both?

Coach minister or both

At one point in my “dating life,” I was in love with a young man that had no doubt in his mind that he would be a minister; most of the men in his family were/are, so you might say it was in his DNA. I could see us having a future, but truthfully, I …

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What Sometimes Drains You Also Fills You Up

What Sometimes Drains You Also Fills You Up

Therefore encourage and build one another up just as you are already doing… 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NASB) We all value those sisters who married another mister coach and how they get this coaching life we live, the crazy one where our entire livelihood depends on how coachable sixteen and seventeen-year-old kids are. We fall in …

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THIS FOOTBALL LIFE

This.Is.Football

We’re entering the final days of the football season. Many of you likely spent part of the of 2021 season snuggled up on the couch with your favorite coach, snacking on amazing food, and watching the best teams compete. It will be months before we high school and college teams compete again, but for coaching …

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The Rock of the Family

We are the rock

My oldest child greeted me so sweetly this morning. “When are you going to do laundry? I’m running out of clothes that fit.” This is one of my favorite questions, along with, “Did you get more milk at the store?” My children seem to believe I have an internal monitor that lets me know when …

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Things A Wrestling Wife Knows

Things a wrestling wife knows

I love football; I love the excitement, the tailgating, even the cowbells. However, once football is over at my house, the REALLY intense season arrives. If you have ever been around the true sport of wrestling, not that stuff on TV, then you know it takes a special athlete to compete; it takes a special …

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Moving with the Coaches’ Kids

moving with coaches kids

When a coach takes a new job, the headlines always read how a new coach takes over a new program.  The average fan, even the most avid fan, reads that literally. They instantly assume the program will change under new leadership. However, being a coaching family, when I see the headline about a new coach …

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How to Be A Coach’s Wife

How to Be A Coach's Wife

Here is a how-to guide to being a coach’s wife: Have snacks and extra change for the concession stand. Bring toys, crayons, and extra clothing for kids to the games. DO sit with other coaches’ wives so kids can entertain each other. DO bring sunscreen. Strollers or baby carriers are your friend with little ones. …

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The Coaching Rollercoaster

The Coaching Rollercoaster

Life is like a rollercoaster, constantly going from the highs to the lows and back up again. But there’s something about this coaching lifestyle that makes it more apparent. Maybe it’s because it makes the highs higher and the lows lower or maybe it adds more frequent hills and valleys. One of the only certainties …

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