Coach, I Didn't Get My Time

Over the years I've been blessed to develop a lot of great relationships with coaches all over the USA and Canada. Men and women who have become some of my closest friends.

One of the those men is Bill Sweet. He is an Emergency Room Nurse by day and Offensive Line Coach by night if you will.

Here are some of his thoughts about mentoring. I pray that you find them inspiring.

Thanks, Bill. We need coaches like you!

Forge on, Lou Judd 
www.sportsleader.org

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My name is Bill Sweet. I have been coaching the offensive line at Wyandotte Roosevelt High School for ten seasons and each one has been a blessing.

We are fortunate to have the four key components that are essential for a successful football program: 
1-Strong supportive administration 
2-Supportive parents 
3-Hard working cohesive coaching staff that love the kids as well as each other 
4-Great kids.

The man responsible for blending all these components is our Head Coach Ron Adams.

Coach Adams is a tremendous leader who inspires everyone around him to achieve to their highest capabilities. Great leader and a great man. Our program is blessed to have him.

Three years ago Coach Adams and I traveled to Cinncinnatti to learn about the Sports Leader program.

We immediately recognized what a valuable program this is and how beneficial it would be to our program.

The program consists of multiple components but in my opinion the most beneficial is the one on one mentoring.

We assign players to coaches who act as the individual mentor for that given player.

Each coach has 6-10 players assigned to him and makes contact daily with his group.

The time at first may seem overwhelming but you develop a routine and the kids appreciate the time spent with them.

I was sold on mentoring into our first season with Sports Leader.

It was early in the season and we were fortunate enough to have a substantial lead. We started the third quater with our second offensive line.

A few minutes into the second half I felt a tug on my shirt. It was one of my starting linemen.

When I turned arond he said "Coach, I didn't get my time." I thought he was referring to playing time-he wasn't. He said "we did not have our talk".

I had to laugh but told him I was a little tied up but we would talk after the game.

This young man was a starter, good student, good home without divorce present, financially sound, mom and dad both supported the progam and this young man had a great relationship with his father (they both loved to hunt and did it often).

After this occurence I realized how valuable it is for young men to talk and be heard.

I first equated the mentoring program with helping the young men on our team who are disadvantaged in some way.

The truth is we are all striving.

We all fall short of the glory of God and desperately need his guidance.

Mentoring gives us a opportunity to show the love of God to our players.

Coaching at a public school I am so grateful for that opportunity.

Thank You Lou God Bless and Go Bears.