I was born in Southern Indiana, the product of a high school principal and a stay-at-home mom who later taught math, English, and whatever else was needed to help adults to attain their GED. My sports coaches were firm taskmasters and the principles I learned from my parents and coaches serve as the basis for my approach to coaching. I have two adult sons. When they were three and seven, their mother and I divorced. She moved several states away so I fought for custody, won, and went about the business of raising my sons. I recognized very early that these were not quiet, mild-mannered children so I channeled their ample energies into athletics. Naturally I followed and that was the beginning of my love affair with coaching. I have coached football, basketball, and baseball for over twenty years, with players ranging in age from 6 to 18 year old seniors in high school. I also provide radio commentary in football, basketball, baseball, and softball. Game knowledge and the ability to communicate it serve me very well in coaching and broadcasting. I was lucky to have coaches whose messages beyond the sport dovetailed nicely with the principles I learned at home. I have passed these along to many players over the years but I have seen too many coaches who did not grasp that concept. That is the reason I wrote the book on coaching youth sports. It is my hope that this book will benefit kids by helping coaches everywhere to understand that the best coaching involves more than just the “X”s and “O”s.
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