Welcome back, Coach. Happy National Coaches Day!
1. The origin of National Coaches Day (THSCA)
Apparenly, #NationalCoachesDay has been a thing long before the hashtag made it popular!
What coach inspired you to pursue a career in coaching?
2. What teachers are experiencing while attempting to educate during a pandemic (Washington Post)
Sometimes, it’s nice to hear from someone going through the same struggles. Here’s a Virginia high school football coach describing what his year has been like.
By Myron Curtis, 35, of South Riding, Va.
History teacher and football coach at Broad Run High School in Loudoun County, Va.
In addition to teaching, I have been coaching football for the past nine years. Getting to see the players grow, mature, take chances and learn is an amazing privilege. Broad Run is consistently one of the top-ranked teams in the state. But this year I haven’t been thinking about how good we can be. I’ve just been really missing practice. Just practice. Not to sound like Allen Iverson, but something as simple as being able to have a normal practice with our players, be around the players, build relationships, that’s what I’ve missed the most.
I’m trying focus on the bright spots of all of this. Because as far as football goes there haven’t been many. Our season has been pushed back to February, and we have had so many safety requirements for practice placed on us, it’s difficult to get anything done.
The players have been frustrated about all of the restrictions. But they have handled it with an impressive amount of maturity. I have been most impressed with their desire to participate in local government by attending school board meetings and even participate in protest, opposing some of the rules restricting their ability to play this season. Regardless of how you feel about the issue, I am proud of them for not sitting the bench on what they believe in.
Our head coach came up with an idea of having weekly meetings just to check in and discussions on a book he ordered for everyone called “Chop Wood Carry Water.” This book by Joshua Medcalf is about falling in love with the process of being great. It couldn’t be more appropriate as it discusses perseverance, in a time when it can be easy to give up on your dreams and blame circumstance.
What has been the hardest part of this school year for you?
3. Our friends at CoachTube celebrate #NationalCoachesDay with Tom Landry quote (CoachTube)
This is a great quote the encapsulates the profession of coaching.
What is your favorite quote from a coach?
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