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Introducing… The Coach’s Box – Christ and Pop Culture

I’m excited to deliver you The Coach’s Field, a column centered across the tradition of sports activities! It’s been a very long time coming since my very first article for Christ and Pop Tradition about Coach Hugh Freeze and Lamar Odom. Quick-forward some 5 years, and right here we’re!

So why The Coach’s Field?

Once I coached highschool soccer, I used to be in a press field (within the coaches’ “field”), which allowed us a broader view of what was happening on the subject stage. Once I coached basketball, there was a selected space (a field if you’ll) that I used to be allowed to educate from to place my gamers in the most effective defensive and offensive positions. And now teaching observe and subject, there’s typically a “coach’s field” the place we’re allowed to educate our athletes from for subject occasions (shot put, discus, lengthy soar, triple soar, excessive soar, and pole vault primarily). 

On a sensible stage, these containers give us the chance to see the sport from a selected vantage level that assist us make in-game (or occasion) changes that different coaches and gamers on the sphere can’t see.

I do know the facility that the tradition of sports activities has in bringing us collectively and its capacity to assist us develop.

Though we attempt to win as a lot as we are able to, my major purpose as a highschool coach is to assist individuals understand extra of who they’re able to being. With this particular perspective on sports activities and a common purpose to assist construct, inspire, and encourage confidence in individuals, The Coach’s Field can assist us consider our strategy to sports activities (as followers, athletes, and even coaches) so we are able to make the required changes that may enhance our witness and participation within the tradition of sports activities.

I exploit numerous strategies to assist athletes pull the goodness out of themselves that they’ll’t all the time clearly see. I hope to translate that components for on a regular basis individuals who get pleasure from sports activities—or not less than are eager about a Christian perspective on sports activities happenings.

Okay, however who’re you?

I’ve written for Christ and Pop Tradition for seven years. I’ve additionally featured some tradition items for Christianity At present, Rapzilla, and The Witness: A Black Christian Collective

I’m a full-time social research trainer and coach (happening ten years). I performed (practiced) school soccer at Hardin-Simmons College in Abilene, Texas. I performed highschool soccer, ran observe and subject, and practiced powerlifting at Shoemaker Excessive College in Killeen, Texas. One in all my best achievements was advancing to the AAU Observe & Discipline Junior Olympics in 1997 after I was seven years previous (I didn’t get to go; I’ll share why in a later function). 

I’m presently the pinnacle women observe and subject coach and assistant cross nation coach at Timber Creek Excessive College in Keller, Texas. I coached soccer for seven years there, basketball for 5, and golf for one. 

My spouse (who was additionally an elite basketball star at Hardin Simmons) and I (married 9 years) are normally watching or speaking about sports activities sooner or later within the day. It’s been part of our lives since we have been children, and it’s what’s related us to one another (one other story I can share at one other time). 

I deliver all of this to consideration to let you already know who and what to sit up for in The Coach’s Field. I’m not essentially an skilled in all issues sports activities, however I’m positively not a novice both. I do know the facility that the tradition of sports activities has in bringing us collectively and its capacity to assist us develop. It’s what I do for a residing.

Coach’s Tip!

Tradition is simply constructed once we work together with each other, share concepts, debate methodologies, and construct relationships. So I hope The Coach’s Field is usually a place the place we are able to work together on social media (Twitter: @Timothyt_T or @christandpc) about what you disagree with, occasions you wish to see coated, or simply good issues in sports activities that make you go “wow!” 

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