August 27, 2020

It’s not the critic that counts...Presenting to a powerhouse college football program had been a goal of mine for years. It was something I thought would be a blast, and I felt the message would really help a team succeed as we were having tremendous success in high sc...

August 13, 2020

A colleague once asked me, “how did you manage the fear of death?” The answer is fairly simple. 

Life has pain and ends with death. The question is, what are you going to do about it?  

You see the secret is to stare that reality right in the face and smile. Bec...

June 18, 2020

I once saw a guy being interviewed asked the question:  "What is it that makes you guys so good?  Smiling, he replied, “It’s not that we’re that good, it’s that everyone else sucks.”   I smiled too but wasn’t sure why and began reflecting on what it meant to me…...

February 27, 2019

Of the 135 men that started, we had dwindled to just under 40.  At the current moment, it was hard to tell exactly how many people were left in the chaos that was upon us. 

Yesterday afternoon we had started hellweek.  Hellweek is often regarded as the most difficu...

February 26, 2019

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. One of the first things I remember hearing during training. The circle plank teaches players mental toughness through application. The most valuable response in adversity is usually different from how we feel.

Players must shif...

January 22, 2019

An undisclosed distance out to sea, a thunderstorm is brewing with sheet lightening starting to streak through the clouds. Peering through the green glow of my night vision goggles, I watch the submarine break the surface. Regardless of how long you've been in special...

July 13, 2016

Failure.  Otherwise known as the hardest piece of adversity.  Most of us have been told “it’s a part of the process.”  Great!…but what does that mean?  The process should be a constant evolution of becoming better.  Everyone has failed.  Everyone will again, or at leas...

May 12, 2016



We've heard the word since Little League.  We put the word on the backs of t-shirts and locker room signs, but how much have we really considered what the concept means?  How many players can explain how to apply commitment? 


In my Navy SEAL trai...

 Independence High School Football goes from 1 playoff win to Max Preps #1 medium size school in Nation 15-0, Tn. 5A State Champions


Brotherhood does not mean we agree on everything.  It means we choose to set our differences aside to serve a cause greater than ourselv...


Distraction is one of the 3 team defeaters. It comes in many forms.  It can be experiences in our personal lives or in the moment of competition on the field. It is important to identify potential distractions. They should be identified and discussed during pre-season...

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