Athletes CAN Make a Difference…Michigan State’s Adreian Payne Sure Does!!!

There are those who insist that competitive sports at its higher levels is simply entertainment, that setting positive examples should not be part of a top athlete’s role, that Charles Barkley’s famous statement inferring that athletes do not have any responsibility as role models has credence. Me? I am NOT one of those. In fact…I would state... Read more »

A Promise to the Dearly Departed Becomes a MISSION...the Jim MacLaren Story!!!

There are some stories that deserve to be told…shared and passed on from generation to generation simply because of the message they provide. Inspirational life experiences that stand well above the rest…creating a value all their own…making them a requirement to be seen by ALL as they depict the endless possibilities within the human spirit.... Read more »

Top Dawg - Bricks and Bones

As we discussed how to implement a recognition and rewards program for our basketball team, we felt comfortable with two assistant coaches and I, we could use the stats one assistant already kept to get much of the information. We have another assistant coach who is very in tune with the intangibles necessary to be... Read more »

You Get What You Reward

In my second year as the Boys’ Basketball Coach at Fairmont Prep Academy we are in the process of trying to establish a particular kind of culture and were having some trouble getting certain players to commit to things we felt were important. Some of this was the players not understanding yet, some was parental... Read more »

You Get What You Emphasize. Or Do You?

Anytime you enter into a new leadership position, whether it is in business, for an organization, or as a head coach at a different school, the first and primary task at hand is to begin to establish the kind of culture you are looking for. Jim Thompson, founder and Executive Director of Positive Coaching Alliance... Read more »

Olympic Athlete Diets Take Many Paths

With the Sochi 2014 Olympics in full swing, many may wonder what fuels these remarkable athletes. How is it these extraordinary competitors feed the enormous dietary requirements their bodies must have in order to excel at such a high level? For that matter…how does any dedicated athlete meet the nutritional needs their peak performance demands?... Read more »

Derrick Coleman is THE MAN!!!

As an addendum to my post Bullied Seattle Seahawks Star Running Back Derrick Coleman INSPIRES!!! comes this: Ok…anyone else getting chills about this guy Coleman? What an awesome display of giving back, paying it forward…aw heck….just doing a really good thing just because it is a GOOD THING!!! Man…I love this guy!!!

Bullied Seattle Seahawks Star Running Back Derrick Coleman INSPIRES!!!

In a sea of negative media hype regarding athletes gone “BAD” (Alex Rodriguez, Lance Armstrong, Ryan Braun, etc.), along with the recent wild rant of Seattle Seahawks Richard Sherman, comes a heartwarming story of inspiration. This one from legally deaf Seattle Seahawks running back Derrick Coleman. I could not possibly do the story the same... Read more »

SUCCESS…Lizzie Velasquez KNOWS It's Much More a Matter of CHOICE!!!

Of anything inspirational or motivational I have written, shared, watched, or experienced…this video piece ranks right up there at the top of my list. I STRONGLY encourage every single one of you to take a good look at what this young lady has to say (video below). She is certainly one who truly understands (actually... Read more »

Alabama Loses Sugar Bowl But Quarterback AJ McCarron a Man of Character

My main alliances, when it comes to collegiate sports, center on my alma mater (Northern Illinois University) and the universities my two daughters attended and finished out their respective sports careers (Marquette University and the University of Louisville). Other than that…I pretty much root for the underdog in most competitive sporting events…especially in college football.... Read more »