I’m excited to carry you The Coach’s Field, a column centered across the tradition of sports activities! It’s been a very long time coming since my very first article for Christ and Pop Tradition about Coach Hugh Freeze and Lamar Odom. Quick-forward some 5 years, and right here we’re!
So why The Coach’s Field?
Once I coached highschool soccer, I used to be in a press field (within the coaches’ “field”), which allowed us a broader view of what was going down on the discipline degree. Once I coached basketball, there was a particular space (a field if you’ll) that I used to be allowed to educate from to place my gamers in the perfect defensive and offensive positions. And now teaching observe and discipline, there’s generally a “coach’s field” the place we’re allowed to educate our athletes from for discipline occasions (shot put, discus, lengthy bounce, triple bounce, excessive bounce, and pole vault primarily).
On a sensible degree, these packing containers give us the chance to see the sport from a selected vantage level that assist us make in-game (or occasion) changes that different coaches and gamers on the sector can’t see.
Though we attempt to win as a lot as we will, my major aim as a highschool coach is to assist folks understand extra of who they’re able to being. With this particular perspective on sports activities and a normal aim to assist construct, encourage, and encourage confidence in folks, The Coach’s Field may help us consider our method to sports activities (as followers, athletes, and even coaches) so we will make the mandatory changes that can enhance our witness and participation within the tradition of sports activities.
I take advantage of varied strategies to assist athletes pull the goodness out of themselves that they will’t all the time clearly see. I hope to translate that formulation for on a regular basis individuals who get pleasure from sports activities—or at the very least are taken with a Christian perspective on sports activities happenings.
Okay, however who’re you?
I’ve written for Christ and Pop Tradition for seven years. I’ve additionally featured some tradition items for Christianity In the present day, Rapzilla, and The Witness: A Black Christian Collective.
I’m a full-time social research instructor and coach (occurring ten years). I performed (practiced) faculty soccer at Hardin-Simmons College in Abilene, Texas. I performed highschool soccer, ran observe and discipline, and practiced powerlifting at Shoemaker Excessive Faculty in Killeen, Texas. Considered one of my best achievements was advancing to the AAU Observe & Discipline Junior Olympics in 1997 once I was seven years outdated (I didn’t get to go; I’ll share why in a later function).
I’m at present the pinnacle women observe and discipline coach and assistant cross nation coach at Timber Creek Excessive Faculty in Keller, Texas. I coached soccer for seven years there, basketball for 5, and golf for one.
My spouse (who was additionally an elite basketball star at Hardin Simmons) and I (married 9 years) are normally watching or speaking about sports activities in some unspecified time in the future within the day. It’s been part of our lives since we had been children, and it’s what’s related us to one another (one other story I can share at one other time).
I carry all of this to consideration to let you realize who and what to look ahead to in The Coach’s Field. I’m not essentially an professional in all issues sports activities, however I’m positively not a novice both. I do know the ability that the tradition of sports activities has in bringing us collectively and its capability to assist us develop. It’s what I do for a residing.
Tradition is barely constructed once we work together with each other, share concepts, debate methodologies, and construct relationships. So I hope The Coach’s Field is usually a place the place we will work together on social media (Twitter: @Timothyt_T or @christandpc) about what you disagree with, occasions you want to see lined, or simply good issues in sports activities that make you go “wow!”