“A coach will impact more people in one year than the average person will in an entire lifetime.
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Whether you have been coaching for a short while or most of your life, it hasn’t always been easy. You’ve had your share of wins and losses, both on and off the field. You put in long hours, your family sometimes gets neglected, and you wonder if it’s all worth it. The stress and pressure of the job make you wonder what happened to the fun of the game.
The fact remains there are few positions more influential than “Coach.” It is an honor to be called “Coach,” but it’s another thing to live up to that honor. You want to be a positive influence in the game, but you’re not sure what that looks like.
My name is Casey Cavell, founder of Turn2 Ministries, and partner with Shepherd Coach Network, an organization that enables coaches to integrate faith into their position, purpose, and calling.
Shepherd Coach founder Tom Roy, a former high school and college head baseball coach, saw a need to invest in coaches, providing practical tools for leading and developing their athletes to succeed in life as well as in their sport.
Personally, as a former college player turned coach, I saw the harsh realities coaches face. As a player, I went through three head coaches in three years. Why the turnover? Probably the long hours, the constant pressure to succeed, and success being defined by the performance of 18 to 22-year old kids had a lot to do with it.
As a coach, I observed the staff working at overcapacity, trying to keep the administration happy and stay under budget while keeping up with fundraising, scheduling, recruiting, and the other many responsibilities that come with
When I met Tom Roy, I saw how he helps coaches understand who they are and what they are called to do. Tom believes coaches have a God-given calling and a unique opportunity to have a lasting influence in the lives of young athletes. He desires to help coaches discover balance, purpose, and meaning beyond wins and losses.
Shepherd Coach Network walks coaches through an examination of values, motivation, and process for building healthy relationships and positive programs. This program asks questions and offers
ideas that help Christian coaches develop a leadership model and define a win patterned after Jesus.
Before you put your ball cap on and go back to work, remember you don’t have to figure everything out on your own. Coaches sometimes think asking for help is a sign of weakness. However, none of us has it all figured out. It takes a team. Your first step toward making a change for yourself and your players is recognizing you can’t do it alone.
If you are ready to take the next step and take on the honored role of becoming a Shepherd Coach, we would love to hear from you. This program is paid for by Turn2 Ministries and is offered FREE for head college baseball coaches.
To learn more about the Shepherd Coach Network program, please fill out the box on this page.