COMMUNITY FOR COACHES
Honest discussion about why coaches are some of the most important leaders in our society today, and how they can intentionally and effectively use sports to transform lives!
David Pollard on being his athletes’ coach for life
David Pollard – Track & Field, Blue Springs HS Vote for Coach of the year here: https://communityforcoaches.org/2022-coach-of-the-year-finalists/ What was shared about Coach Pollard: Coach Pollard has coached at Blue Springs High School for over 28 years, coaching Football, Basketball and Track and Field. He makes a connection with his athletes he coaches, and many of his past athletes still communicate with Coach Pollard. He has looked at his role as a mentor for development and character building. He is patient with the athletes he serves, and also gets the most out of their athletic ability. Since retiring from teaching, David has continued to stay involved in education by substitute teaching and he continues to coach the throwing events at Blue Springs High School.
April 04, 2022
Jennifer Bartsch on giving and expecting respect
Jennifer Bartsch – Basketball, Track Prairie Star Middle School Vote for Coach of the year here: https://communityforcoaches.org/2022-coach-of-the-year-finalists/ What was shared about Coach Bartsch: When I think of a coach that has changed my life through sports, Coach Bartsch immediately comes to mind. I had the opportunity to play basketball for Coach Bartsch this year. Coach Bartsch has a lot of energy and is a great role model for all of us, showing us how to be confident while reminding us to have fun. I can tell she genuinely cares about every girl on the team. On game days we dressed up as a team in different themes, including Coach Bartsch. She even dressed like us on pajama day and coached the game in pajamas! Sometimes it is hard to have fun at school and there are even days I don’t want to go, but a highlight of every day is to see Mrs. Bartsch. Playing basketball for her made each day better for me and made my 8th grade basketball season awesome!
April 04, 2022
Emily Meier on the importance of giving opportunities to every level of player on the team
Emily Meier Volleyball, The Lutheran High School Vote for Coach of the Year here: https://communityforcoaches.org/2022-coach-of-the-year-finalists/ What was shared about Coach Meier: It is Emily’s goal for each player to feel loved while being pushed to be the best player she can be. Emily also does a great job of getting the team to work together. She puts together team bonding activities during the course of the season and off-season to allow the players to get to know themselves, their teammates, and the coaches. In this way, Emily strives to help her volleyball players to be better teammates who can leave school and be great coworkers who not only value the work they do themselves but the work of their cohorts.
April 04, 2022
Logan Myers - Rising Star Award Recipient
Logan Myers – 2022 Rising Star Award Recipient Speed & Agility Training, Ignite Your Game What was shared about Coach Myers: Logan quickly formed deep relationships with all of our youth athletes through his easygoing personality, goofy dance moves, and inside jokes. More importantly, he takes a deep interest in the lives of the kids he coaches. He’s often on the sidelines watching their games, taking kids out to lunch, and more. He prays fervently for the kids and their walks with the Lord. Last semester, he got to help lead an athlete that we coached to know Jesus has his Lord and savior. Logan is a one in a million coach that’s changing our community for the better. https://communityforcoaches.org/2022-coach-of-the-year-finalists/
April 04, 2022
Bob Ehler on the importance of time giving perspective in coaching
Bob Ehler Volleyball, St. James Academy and MAVs KC Vote for Coach of the year here: https://communityforcoaches.org/2022-coach-of-the-year-finalists/ What was shared about Coach Ehler: Bob Ehler is using volleyball to change the lives of countless young women. He challenges his players; his standards are high but he coaches his girls in a manner that results in his players consistently rising to the occasion. On the court, he pushes players to their limit, but off the court, each and every one of his players knows they matter to him more than any score on a scoreboard. Bob’s care for his players is most evident by the fact that even if players move on to pursue other athletic or academic endeavors, Bob still makes a point to check in with them and their families. Bob loves volleyball, but he loves his players even more.
April 04, 2022
Kathy Sawyer on validating players by listening and acknowledging their feelings
Kathy Sawyer Volleyball, Overland Trail Middle School Vote for Coach of the year here: https://communityforcoaches.org/2022-coach-of-the-year-finalists/ What was shared about Coach Sawyer: Coach Kathy Sawyer is a true champion for her athletes. She has high expectations for her girls and doesn’t allow them to settle for anything but being the best version of themselves on and off the court. While winning is a nice perk, it’s not end all/be all to Coach Sawyer. If her athletes are having fun on the court and are improving their skills, she knows she’s succeeded. OTMS is so lucky to have her on our coaching staff!
April 04, 2022
Adam Runyan on how a mentor makes a difference longterm
Adam Runyan Basketball, Mill Valley HS Vote for Coach of the year here: https://communityforcoaches.org/2022-coach-of-the-year-finalists/ What was shared about Coach Runyan: Adam has taken our Girls basketball program at Mill Valley and transformed not only the athletic play of our athletes, but the culture of our program. His unending passion and energy to create the strongest program in the state is second to none. I have observed Adam on many occasions bring his team together and beyond creating a strategy for winning, he shares his belief in them as both individuals and a team. He is committed to creating a Mill Valley brand, complete with both individual successes of his players both on and off the court. Not only is Adam outstanding on the court, he is stellar in the classroom as well. The same level of passion and commitment he shows on the court, he demonstrates in his business classroom. He is organized, has a strong grasp of content knowledge, and then instructs with energy and enthusiasm. I believe you would be hard pressed to find another candidate as deserving as Mr. Adam Runyan.
April 04, 2022
Jim Huber on mindset and leading parents
Connect with Coach Jim Huber here: Personal website: https://www.coachhuber.com/about 4D Athletes: https://4dathletes.com Breakthrough Basketball: https://www.breakthroughbasketball.com
February 19, 2022
Fred Merrell shares from his 46 years of coaching & being open about his Christian faith
Fred Merrell 46 years coaching high school football - most of those in the KC Metro Over 10 years as the head coach at both Blue Springs HS and Shawnee Mission South HS http://mosportshalloffame.com/inductees/fred-merrell/ Married to Shirley for 66 years, five children, many grandkids
December 22, 2021
Segev Rabinoviz on the power of mastering your coaching craft through repetition
Segev Rabinoviz How to use your voice as a coach: https://coachingsoccerweekly.com/296-how-to-you-use-your-voice-as-a-coach/ Gladiator Soccer Academy: https://www.gladiatorsocceracademy.com Community for Coaches: https://communityforcoaches.org Are you interested in being mentored? Contact Alec Lemmon to learn how to join a Coaching with Purpose book study group: https://coachalec.wordpress.com/mentorship/
November 04, 2021
Jason Holzer on building resilience and giving athletes a solid foundation of value
https://communityforcoaches.org Today's guest: Jason Holzer Co-Founder of 4D Athletes Amazon Best Selling Author Post-Traumatic Growth Storyteller/Speaker IFTT Certified Thought Coach Breakthrough Basketball Elite Skills Coach Shattered by Suicide, Renewed by Resilience: How to Move Forward After Being Left Behind https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEePxORAth4&feature=emb_logo
October 25, 2021
Craig Enloe on prioritizing development & hard work pays off
CFC Coach is the Year Finalist and youth sports coach with 3&2 baseball & GABL Basketball
October 21, 2021
Austin Isham on helping kids find their place
CFC Coach of the Year Finalist MAVS Boys Volleyball Coach
October 21, 2021
Lisa Cowan on how negative coaching experiences motivated her
CFC Coach of the Year Finalist Kansas City Christian Cross Country Coach
October 21, 2021
Ryan Hintz on building his own authentic team culture
CFC Coach of the Year Finalist head basketball coach at Blue Valley West High School
October 21, 2021
Tyler Kincaid on the danger of getting siloed & the power of Coaching with intent
CFC Coach of the Year Finalist and head baseball coach at Blue Valley Southwest High School
October 21, 2021
Jessica Horstick on timing the teachable moment & coaching for “her”
Jessica Horstick is the Head Girls Volleyball Coach at Blue Valley West High School
October 21, 2021
Dena Johnston on passion & inspiring commitment to action
CFC Coach of the Year Finalist Dena Johnston is the dance coach at Lawrence Free State High School.
October 06, 2021
John Parker on Pay To Play in Youth Soccer
John Parker: US Navy veteran, combat photographer, soccer coach, urban soccer club director, father and husband. John shares from his wide range of experiences of traveling around the world playing and coaching soccer. He speaks from his wide range of experience both inside and outside the US. John is the Director of Coaching at Global FC, which is a program for underserved youth in Kansas City. We discuss the pay to play, player development, the role of coaching in under-served areas and so much more. Enjoy the show! Contact John: firstname.lastname@example.org Learn more about Global FC here: https://www.globalfutbol.org/
February 07, 2021
Dan Visser on building a coaching philosophy
Dan Visser is current assistant coach for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC of the USL and Messiah College soccer graduate. We talked about Dan's playing days from his early start in soccer while living in France to his path to Messiah College, one of the winningest college soccer programs of all time. We also discussed in the development of his coaching philosophy and some of they key influences in his coaching journey. This will give some interesting insight to anyone wanting to develop their craft as a coach and continue to reach higher levels. Dan Visser Contact: Website: https://danvisser.com Email: email@example.com Phone: 610.733.4166 CFC was ranked 9th on the Top 20 Sports Coach Podcasts You Must Follow in 2021. See the top 20 list here: https://blog.feedspot.com/sports_coach_podcasts/
February 05, 2021
Kevin and Jeff on club collaboration and why youth sports matter!
Kevin Wardlaw and Jeff Davis share things they have learned from being coaches and directors in youth soccer for almost 20+ years each. Toca FC and KCSG video about their collaboration: https://youtu.be/8Lo7zd4mvVA Toca FC: https://www.tocafc.org/ KCSG: http://kcsgsoccer.org/ CFC was ranked 9th on the Top 20 Sports Coach Podcasts You Must Follow in 2021. See the top 20 list here: https://blog.feedspot.com/sports_coach_podcasts/
November 30, 2020
Part 3: Quinn McDowell on building a team culture with the power of stories
Quinn McDowel breaks down how you build a team culture and how to use stories, it will change how you think about leadership. Quinn was an American college and professional basketball player and is currently an assistant coach with the NCAA D1 Lehigh Mountain Hawks men's basketball team. Quinn has also written a book called: The Purpose Driven Leader, a system of belief for a life of leadership. Use the code "community" for 15% off anything on Quinn’s site: http://www.aretehoops.com Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. CFC was ranked 9th on the Top 20 Sports Coach Podcasts You Must Follow in 2021. See the top 20 list here: https://blog.feedspot.com/sports_coach_podcasts/
August 08, 2020
Bryce McClanahan on gaining clarity about your calling as a coach
Coach Bryce McClanahan talks about building a Coaching Purpose Statement and his pursuit of excellence as a first year head coach at MidAmerica Nazarene University. We talk about everything from his playing days to developing his coaching philosophy, to helping players find their "role" on the team and much more... Enjoy! Connect with Coach Bryce McClanahan: email@example.com. CFC was ranked 9th on the Top 20 Sports Coach Podcasts You Must Follow in 2021. See the top 20 list here: https://blog.feedspot.com/sports_coach_podcasts/
July 30, 2020
Part 2: Quinn McDowell on the The Purpose Driven Leader - a system of belief for a life of leadership.
Quinn Thomas McDowell is an American former college and professional basketball player that is currently an assistant coach with the NCAA D1 Lehigh Mountain Hawks men's basketball team. CFC was ranked 9th on the Top 20 Sports Coach Podcasts You Must Follow in 2021. See the top 20 list here: https://blog.feedspot.com/sports_coach_podcasts/ Quinn has also written a book called: The Purpose Driven Leader, a system of belief for a life of leadership. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Use the code "community" for 15% off anything on Quinn’s site: http://www.aretehoops.com
July 10, 2020
PART 1: Quinn McDowell on the Purpose Driven Leader - his sports journey and the commitment to RELATIONSHIPS, PROCESS and EXCELLENCE
Quinn McDowell was an American college and professional basketball player and is currently an assistant coach with the NCAA D1 Lehigh Mountain Hawks men's basketball team. Quinn has also written a book called: The Purpose Driven Leader, a system of belief for a life of leadership. Use the code "community" for 15% off anything on Quinn’s site: http://www.aretehoops.com Contact: email@example.com CFC was ranked 9th on the Top 20 Sports Coach Podcasts You Must Follow in 2021. See the top 20 list here: https://blog.feedspot.com/sports_coach_podcasts/
July 02, 2020
Todd Johnson on how transactional coaching impacted his own son and how he changed
Todd Johnson - baseball coach at Advanced Baseball Academy in Stilwell, Kansas and CFC Coach of the Year Finalists - shares his experience as a dad coach and how he made the change from being a transactional coach mostly concerned with results, to a coach focused on the transformation of the character of kids and families through sports.
June 01, 2020
Kelsey Carbajo on teaching her players to attack life with passion
Kelsey Carbajo, cross country / track coach at Olathe West High School in Olathe, Kansas and CFC Coach of the Year Finalists - shares about the family culture she works to create in the program and also how she infuses passion for life and running into her players! Enjoy the show!
May 29, 2020
Kent Shelley on the power of looking your players in the eyes and telling them you love them
Kent Shelley, baseball coach at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, KS and CFC Coach of the Year Finalists talks about the impact of tough love and why it’s so important to tell your players you love them. Enjoy the show!
May 27, 2020
Sam Knopik, “Whatever ‘success’ is for you, you better hit it!"
Sam Knopik football coach at Pembroke Hill High School in Kansas City, Missouri and CFC Coach of the Year Finalists about the importance of defining success! Enjoy the show!
May 25, 2020
Shelby Hoffman shares why each player-relationship can and should be unique
Shelby Hoffman, volleyball coach at Lee’s Summit North in Lee Summit, Missouri and CFC Coach of the Year Finalists share about the importance of allowing each player relationships to be unique and keeping balance in her own personal life. Enjoy the show!
May 22, 2020
Master Shim shares about the importance of respect and discipline as a Taekwondo teacher.
Master Shim, Teacher at KAT Tae Kwan Do in Shawnee, Kansas and CFC Coach of the Year Finalists share about teaching during the COVID-19 season and the importance of keeping relationships going over social media. She also talks about the power and importance of mental training during the time. Enjoy the show!
May 20, 2020
Jen Betz talks about coaching as a ministry.
Jen Betz, swimming coach at Kanas University in Lawrence, Kansas and CFC Coach of the Year Finalist - shares about her experiences as coach.
May 18, 2020
Dan Morrow on what he learned from coaching multiple sports
Dan Morrow, basketball coach at Olathe South High School in Kansas and CFC Coach of the Year Finalists talks about how coaching and playing multiple sports made him better. Enjoy the show!
May 15, 2020
Molly Karagyaurov on how empowered women empower women
Molly Karagyaurov, volleyball coach at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, KS and CFC Coach of the Year Finalists share about her struggles with playing professional volleyball in Europe, how she empowers her girls, and how she works towards leading with honesty and transparency. Enjoy the show!
May 13, 2020
Jesse Griffin on putting players first and the fun of seeing kids grow
Jesse Griffin, cross country / track coach at Lee’s Summit West in Missouri and CFC Coach of the Year Finalist - Jesse Griffin - talks about the power of putting players first and the joy of seeing his kids grow into great athletes and people.
May 11, 2020
What is the role of the Coach?
CWP MODULE 2, LEASON 2 notes: https://communityforcoaches.org/cwp-module-2-lesson-2-2/
April 10, 2020
John O’Sullivan and Why EVERY MOMENT MATTERS
John’s website: https://changingthegameproject.com John’s book: https://changingthegameproject.com/why-do-i-coach-an-excerpt-from-every-moment-matters/
December 12, 2019
The Purpose of Sports & Why "FUN" Matters
The Coaching with Purpose is a series designed for coaches to have small group discussions on the role of coaches and how they can intentionally and effectively use sports to transform lives. This is MODULE 2. Lesson 1 of the series. You can follow along with the discussion guide here: https://communityforcoaches.org/module-2-lesson-1/
December 12, 2019
Brian Mowry on being a transformational ASSISTANT COACH!
Brian shares some key lessons he has learned about being an effective assistant coach, how his dad’s coaching impacted him, how his high school basketball coach taught leadership through delegating key decisions to the team and so much more! An incredible episode you will truly enjoy! Bio: Brian has taught for 16 years. The last 13 at BVHS (2 at middle schools in Olathe and 1 at a university in China) Brian was an assistant coach for boys tennis at Olathe North High for two years and for four years at BVHS. He has been the Varsity Assistant boys basketball coach for the last 6 years at BVHS. Previously I was the boys freshmen coach at BVHS for 7 years.
October 25, 2019
How to become transformational
The Coaching with Purpose series was designed for coaches to have small group discussions on the role of coaches and how they can intentionally and effectively use sports to transform lives. This is MODULE 1. Lesson 3 of the series. You can follow along with the discussion guide here: https://communityforcoaches.org/cwp-module-1-lesson-3/ The first step to hitting any target or achieving any goal is deciding on the target! Enjoy the show!
October 11, 2019
How Transformational Coaching is the Solution
The Coaching with Purpose is a series designed for coaches to have small group discussions on the role of coaches and how they can intentionally and effectively use sports to transform lives. This is MODULE 1. Lesson 2 of the series. You can follow along with the discussion guide here: https://communityforcoaches.org/cwp-module-1-lesson-1-2/ How can coaches shift the culture of youth sports?
October 10, 2019
Michael Loney shares how God built an inner city basketball program in Kansas City
Spotlight #3 Hear from Michael of Freedom Hoops about why sports matter, what led him to start the program, what coaches influenced him and so much more https://www.freedomhoops.org Want to learn more about getting involved with CFC? Want to be on the podcast? Please share with us your info, your purpose statement and any questions you have: https://communityforcoaches.org/statement/
October 10, 2019
The power of sports & the problem of sports
The Coaching with Purpose is a series designed for coaches to have small group discussions on the role of coaches and how they can intentionally and effectively use sports to transform lives. This is MODULE 1. Lesson 1 of the series. You can follow along with the discussion guide here: https://communityforcoaches.org/cwp-module-1-lesson-1/ The Power of Sports/The Problem with Sports was written/compiled by Ryan Krzykowski, Director of Community for Coaches There is no recreational, elective activity that involves a larger number or more diverse group of people in our country than sports. According to the US Census Bureau, approximately 50 million American children are involved in organized sports. That is an astounding number, but the percentage that will someday play professionally is microscopic. So with all these millions of young people competing, it’s fair to ask, what is it all for?
August 02, 2019
Chris Cissell on the power of a family culture
Spotlight #2 SUMMARY: This episode is part of our SPOTLIGHT series where we interview a coach about their coaching philosophy and history. Chris opens up his life and coaching philosophy. OTHER TOPICS DISCUSSED: Being born without a left hand. Chris's club coach Pat McBride and his impact. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat_McBride Chris discusses Justin Beck, a freshman bench warmer who became a captain by his senior year that lead the team with his passion and character to one of William Jewell's most successful seasons where they went to the NAIA FINAL 4 (ESPN Academic All-American: https://jewellcardinals.com/news/2010/11/1/msoc207.aspx) How do you set goals while staying true to core values? How do you get your players to hold each other accountable? How do you manage the player leadership of the team? What is the role of the captain? Who can/should fill this role? Trusting players to take ownership of the team. How to learn from loses? Sr. Alex Ferguson and his leadership style - treating people fairly vs treating people well. (Leading: Lessons in leadership from the legendary Manchester United managerhttps://www.amazon.com/Leading-Lessons-leadership-legendary-Manchester-ebook/dp/B00UL8GEAQ) The connection between building relationships and being TRANSFORMATIONAL as a coach. LINKS: Chris Cissell bio: http://www.umkckangaroos.com/SportSelect.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=18300&SPID=12749&SPSID=104111 UMKC: sports: http://umkckangaroos.com Want to learn more about getting involved with CFC? Want to be on the podcast? Please share with us your info, your purpose statement and any questions you have: https://communityforcoaches.org/statement/
August 01, 2019
Reed Howard on Honesty, Relationships and Purpose!
SPOTLIGHT #1 Series: Coach Reed Howard talks about his sports journey, his Dad and how honesty and relationship must go hand in hand in coaching! All this and more in this week’s CFC PODCAST, hosted by Alec Lemmon. Want to learn more about getting involved with CFC? Want to be on the podcast? Please share with us your info, your purpose statement and any questions you have: https://communityforcoaches.org/statement/
July 16, 2019
Is sports making Kansas City better?
Want to learn more about getting involved with CFC? Want to be on the podcast? Please share with us your info, your purpose statement and any questions you have: https://communityforcoaches.org/statement/ CEP #1 SHOW NOTES This show is part of our Coaching with Purpose Series: Alec and Ryan discuss the question of if sports are making our city better? This is an intro episode to Module 1 of the Coaching with Purpose Lessons. Ryan and Alec start with a big picture question: "Is sports making Kansas City a better place?" Ryan speaks about where CFC fits in helping make Kansas City better? Ryan speaks about the role of kids, parents and coaches in youth sports. - There is very real battle when watching your own kids play to not intangible yourself in the experience in an unhealthy way. Ask yourself, "Why am I here?" - What is the difference between 100% about the kids and 100% about my KID? - How coaches oversee and direct the whole youth sports process. - The problem of coaches forgetting the purpose of why we have kids do sports. - The parent test, "Can you celebrate any good play on the field, no matter who makes the play?" - The problem of a vague target? - How to have an abstract yet specific target. - What are you looking for when you are coaching 6 year olds? - What are you looking for when you are coaching high school players? - How does having a coaching purpose statement change what coaches see on the field? What is a Coaching Life Group? What is the benefit of being a part of a Coaching Life Group? What will a successful group do for a coach? Preview of Lesson 1. RESOURCES / PEOPLE MENTIONED Joe Ehrmann, InsideOut Coaching (this will be the main book we use for the Coaching with Purpose Lessons we will be going through in this series.)
July 16, 2019