The Death of a Loved One

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It is something quite often we want more of .. there are not enough hours in the day to get done everything we would like.


Now that is the topic we do NOT want to think about. It is too painful, possibly too far off …

But when you lose a loved one, time and death hit you like a ton of bricks.

Especially when that loved one was “too young to die.”

Trent Todd

Trent Todd. Rest in peace my friend.

I am, we are, SportsLeader is … grappling with this right now.

We lost one of our best coaches, Trent Todd, this week.

Trent was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis … Long story shorter - He needed a double lung transplant. He got that miracle … made an amazing, never before seen recovery …

He went back to coaching and mentoring and building SportsLeader.

Then one of those transplanted lungs got infected and he needed another transplant … he got it, there was progress but yet another infection and it was too late.

For more information you can visit his blog

Trent Award

Trent was one of our Coach Uncommon Strength Award Winners.

I personally wish that I would have spent more time with Trent. He was a blessing to be around.

He was all heart. He loved others. He cared for others. He constantly lifted you up and made you feel like you were the most important person in the world.

When I first met him about 8 years ago, I thought if we could get 30% of coaches to truly live, love, mentor and coach like Trent, we will change the world.

Accountability Tree

The Accountability Tree. Watch his video about this on our web site.

We made some videos of Trent sharing his insights into coaching. I invite you to watch them here below at the following links and really ask yourself the hard questions:

  1. Do I really love others enough?

  2. Do I show that I care about the people around me?

  3. How can I do it better?

When the doctor gives you 5 years to live

Mentoring may change your life

Someone is always listening

Who else

Get your assistant coaches on board

The accountability tree

Kids care about their coaches

Nobody is perfect

Get over your fear

Model the behavior

Back from a double lung transplant


Jill, Bryce, Trent and Sophia

Life is so short.

Trent “should have had” another 30 years to coach and impact lives. He did not get them.

Not one of us is guaranteed tomorrow.

I pray that each and every one of us learns to love more, to care more and to show others that love and care.

Please remember in your thoughts and prayers Trent’s wife Jill, Daughter Sophia (15) and Son Bryce (14).

Rest in peace, Trent.

Virtue = Strength, Lou Judd

Trent E. Todd, 49, beloved husband of Jill (nee Ritter), loving son of the late John (Jess) and Bernice Todd, devoted father of Sophia and Bryce Todd, dear brother of Cidni Todd, Jessica (Melvin) Todd-Hunt, Troy Todd, Karen Todd, Sharon Todd and the late John (Cherie) Todd. Passed away Tuesday, December 10, 2013.

Trent was a coach with the Lakota Stallions football team and a member of the Teamsters Local 100 Union and Wellspring Community Church.

Visitation at Mueller Funeral Home, 6791 Tylersville Road, Mason, OH 45040 on Sunday, December 15 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Service will be at Center Pointe Christian Church, 5962 Hamilton Mason Rd, Liberty Twp, OH 45011 on Monday at 10:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Trent Todd Memorial Fund at any Fifth Third Bank branch. To send a condolence, visit

Trent Team

Trent's Team on Family Night

FS Campout Trent

Stallions Football Father Son Campout