Evaluation- What Did I do Well?

I have the pleasure of serving as a high school football coach. On the wall above my desk I have a sign that reads, “sometimes you win and sometimes you learn”. As far as wins and losses go, I did a lot of learning this past season. Our team started out 2–0 before losing the final 8 games of the season.

I understand that the outside world will judge my coaching ability by the amount of games we win however I firmly believe that we won’t truly know if we were successful last season for another 10–15 years. What sort of fathers and husbands will these young men become? If they can take the character qualities they learned through football and apply them to there daily lives then I believe last season was still a success regardless of our record.

My mission is to positively impact the world through Love, Effort, Attitude and Discipline (LEAD) and strongly believe I lived this out last season. Self-evaluation can be difficult however at the conclusion of the season my fiancé gave me one of the greatest gifts anyone has ever given me that supports that I was able to LEAD well. She gave me a book featuring a handwritten letter from each senior. I share these not to boast but rather to prove credibility to my belief:

1. “Not only do you preach Love, Effort, Attitude and Discipline but you live it.”

2. “Loving, giving Effort, showing + having the right attitude, and staying Disciplined are not easy to do on a day to day basis but you prove that it can be done.”

3. “The time you give give to the team and individuals does not go unnoticed. Little conversations in the weight room or in the halls means so much to me and I know they do to others. You have a great ability to teach the game of life through football and to teach the game of football through life.”

This is amazing to hear from high school students and to be honest in took me awhile and more than a few tissues to read the whole book. I was excited to learn that I was able to teach these boys to LEAD but the reality is that they are moving on to bigger and better things and I now have a new team to influence. In high school sport you only have such a short window to have an impact. To further improve upon my skills as a coach I must continue to invest in the lives of the athletes under my supervision and to keep building personal relationships with them. Taking a personal interest in there life outside of football and letting me know that I care about there development as a human being and not just a football player is what I intend to do. I live by the old saying that, “They don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”

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