Why gratitude?

By Shannon Caughey During a discussion with a group of coaches, one veteran coach addressed a difference he sees in his players now. “In the past, when I told my players what I wanted them to do, they just did it,” he said. “Now my players often want me to explain why we do what we do before they’re ready …

Win at gratitude

By Shannon Caughey In coaching, there are no shortage of opportunities to worry, complain, and be critical. We can worry about how our team will perform or whether a key player will stay eligible. We can complain about a lack of resources or inadequate facilities. We can be critical of the calls of officials or the tepid support of the …

Coaching essentials: hope

By Shannon Caughey There are thrilling moments in sports in which you experience the success you’ve been dreaming about and striving for. There are also moments and even seasons in sports that are deeply challenging and disappointing. This is another way sports mirror life more broadly. How do you coach in a transformational way, especially when you and your athletes …

Coaching essentials: love

By Shannon Caughey Wouldn’t it be wonderful if people said of you that you’re not merely a good coach – you’re a transformational coach.Transformational coaches help their players grow into the people God created them to be rather than only focusing on how they perform as an athlete. What are the essentials of being a transformational coach? In 1 Thessalonians 1:3, …

Coaching essentials: faith

By Shannon Caughey True success in coaching comes with being a transformational coach. Transformational coaches care about helping their players grow into the people God created them to be rather than only being concerned with how they perform as an athlete. What does it take to be a transformational coach?  In 1 Thessalonians 1:3, the Apostle Paul commends three qualities that are …

Maximize your influence through diligence

By Shannon Caughey During a recent FCA huddle with college athletes, one athlete said this: “Our coach is constantly reminding us not to get sidetracked by things we can’t control and instead to focus on what we can control: our attitude and our effort.” Wise advice. As a coach, you’ve likely said something similar to your athletes. Have you also …

Maximize your influence through discipline

By Shannon Caughey Sadly, we all know athletes who fell short of their potential for greatness. These athletes possessed an abundance of talent. They had more natural athleticism than most of their peers. They had access to excellent coaching. They had no shortage of opportunities to keep improving. But often the reason they failed to maximize their potential was because …

Maximize your influence through dedication

By Shannon Caughey We love coaching athletes who demonstrate real dedication to their sport and their team. When an athlete is willing to give up junk food in order to transform their body, or stop spending hours on video games or Netflix in order to invest more time in training, or watch extra game film in order to improve their …

Maximize your influence through multiplication

By Shannon Caughey “I am a coach today because of the impact my coach had on me.” I’ve heard coach after coach share this when asked why they decided to become a coach. They personally experienced what we discussed in the last devotion: the power of a coach’s influence. My guess is that you have as well. Now you’re a …

The power of your influence

By Shannon Caughey In his book The One Year Uncommon Life Daily Challenge, Tony Dungy shares about trying repeatedly to encourage his son to eat a good, healthy breakfast. His son loved Froot Loops, though. Despite his dad’s recommendations, he just ate this sugar cereal morning after morning. Then Dungy’s son went to an introductory meeting for the football team …