The SportsLeader Blog

Trust: “To trust is like having a firm anchor in a stormy sea.” Trust has several definitions, but the one that fits into this chapter is that of believing that others, friends, colleagues, advisors, are in your camp. The opposite of trust, or distrust, usually leads to loneliness, which is a... Read more
How do we show great love for our players? One important way is how we greet our players when they come to practice, a meeting, a weight lifting session, etc. How did you greet your players the last time you met with them? Did you greet them all warmly, or just a select few? We need to do a better... Read more
By Scott M Schoettgen WR at Willamette University Fellas- As many of you know, I spent a few weeks in Costa Rica this summer with Ryan Bourke and a study abroad program that is designed to allow athletes to study abroad, train, and share their love for sports with kids in other countries. The... Read more
An assistant football coach at Parkway High School in Rockford, OH shares some of his life and what he thinks helps turn boys into men.Read more
“For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.” 1 Corinthians 3:9 “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29 â... Read more
Back in June the Covington Catholic Colonels football team went camping with Sports Leader. Our young men had the opportunity to grow individually and collectively in their faith. From the moment we stepped off the bus and climbed the rocky road to base camp, our team met challenge after challenge... Read more
Ed Kuhn, head football coach at Parkway High School in Rockford, OH, explains how one of his football players, a linebacker, has changed. SportsLeader is making a positive impact.Read more
To: The Sportsleader Family From: Steve Frommeyer Eminence High School principal and head football coach The “Dog Days” of summer practice are upon us. The season is not quite started but the long practices in the heat are starting to get really tough. These are “times that try men’s soulsâ... Read more
Things were different back in 1979 when I started coaching football. Sure, you had your kids that had some character problems, but overall most kids had a pretty good moral foundation. We coaches focused primarily on coaching the X’s and O’s, athletic conditioning, and trying to win ball games... Read more
Jennifer Aniston stars in a new and extremely unfortunate movie called "Switch". The premise of the movie: "Women are realizing more and more that you don't have to settle, they don't have to fiddle with a man to have that child, "They are realizing if it's that time in their life and they want... Read more
Here is an idea that I thought would be great to see happen with all our teams. The Stallions are a youth football organization near Cincinnati with over 400 kids. They are one of the best youth programs SportsLeader has the honor to be associated with. I know many of you coaches have daughters... Read more
I was working with some young men at a camp this summer on a college campus. I asked the coach if I could speak with his 6 best leaders alone. I was amazed at how honest and straightforward these guys were. One of the things that came out of this discussion was that commitment was waning with a lot... Read more
I spent 2 days with an inner city high school football team last week. I don't think I will ever forget the experience. It showed the necessity of FATHERING! As the guys were arriving I tried saying good morning to most of them as they came in - most walked by without responding or looking at me,... Read more
At Winton Woods High School, our wrestling program is all about training our wrestlers. We are training them to be championship wrestlers but also to be championship men. We believe so strongly about this, we have it painted on the wall of the wrestling room. It is our mission! This has always been... Read more
Another great idea from a big time coach trying to build young men who will lead for life. By Doug Lesmerises, The Plain Dealer One of OSU coach Jim Tressel's latest team-building exercises was to invite his players to his Upper Arlington home, each class having a cookout and game night called "... Read more
A wise man once taught me, Father Matthew, that discipline is not something negative. It is positive skill building. Giving the young person the skills necessary to perform a certain activity well. More and more parents and coaches are afraid to discipline under the misconception that it is too... Read more
We recently did a one day leadership camp with our football team. During the course of the time we spent planning and executing the camp, Lou and I discussed the challenge that players and coaches have with both letting “their light shine” for all to see and at the same time not coming across... Read more
It is always inspiring to read about college coaches striving to do things the right way. Turner Gill, the new head football coach at Kansas ... Do you have a mission statement for your team? Better question - do your players have the mission statement memorized? Even better - are they living it... Read more
I had a very interesting experience the other day. I had to return some rented movies back to Blockbuster. I always check the cases twice to make sure the DVDs are inside. This time I didn't. Well I get home and find "Elmo Visits the Doctor" as I'm cleaning up. Back to Blockbuster I go. I arrive... Read more
One thing that we really encourage coaches to do is share some of their experiences with their players - tell stories. It helps the players connect with you on a personal level and often creates a strong bond because they see how much you care about them in opening up and getting real with them... Read more
As a coach, if you have spent any time on the job at all, you know that dealing with parents comes with the territory. It’s unavoidable. But, handling overzealous parents really isn’t covered by most coaches pay scales. In fact, the number one cause of coaching resignations in this country is... Read more
When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years. -Mark Twain For most of my life I refused to admit that I was wrong, especially when it came to... Read more
I dropped off two of my wrestlers at Jeff Jordan’s State Champ Camp Sunday evening up in Urbana, Ohio. It’s a tough camp! The kids go hard against great competition for four full days. It requires total courage, total patience, total focus, total perseverance….and as much help as you can get... Read more
You can only imagine how proud I was to read this. Mike is an assistant wrestling coach at Moeller High School in Cincinnati studying to be a doctor. He was captain of the Harvard University wrestling team. What a great example for your young men. "...had a doc tell me today to be careful because... Read more
I was talking with a coach a while back about family life during the season ... He said in the past he unfortunately pretty much forgot about his wife and kids once 2-a-days started but last season he tried something. He decided that he would do something special for his wife on Tuesday, his... Read more
Part of the SportsLeader program is to have your coaches and players commit themselves to each other publicly to strive to live a life of virtue. The commitment card is a symbol of that commitment. I was blessed to be a part of a team virtue camp last week with Parkway High School of Rockford, Ohio... Read more
Remember to look up once in a while. Now that we are outside at practice so often ... take some time to appreciate God's creation ... the sky, the clouds, the sunset ... At times we only complain about the heat. These are all "simple and free" gifts that God gives us to put life and sports in... Read more
Here is another GOOD example of a man being a real man - putting his wife before himself. Our kids NEED to see and hear these examples. I highlighted some parts that moved me the most. God bless, Lou Robert Joseph Guerrero (born March 27, 1983 in Gilroy, California) is a professional American boxer... Read more
Last week my son and I were able to attend a Columbus Crew soccer game against the NY Red Bulls. A friend of mine, Mike Burke, and the Badin High School soccer coach Kyle Kammer wanted to see if they could get Eddie Gaven could meet with the team after the game to give his testimony. Jim Scmitdke... Read more
By Dan Duddy I recently had the honor to direct the third annual Brian Leonard Football Camp last week. As you may know Brian is one of the top “third down backs” on the offense for the Cincinnati Bengals. I am getting to know Brian more and more each summer, and like most people I once only... Read more
There once was a man who chose to volunteer at a soup kitchen. He arrived and was given a silver ladle. He was given his instructions and shortly thereafter people started coming in for some soup. But this man spent all of his time thinking about the ladle ... that it was silver and not wood, no... Read more
By Randy Traeger It has always bothered me when coaches talk about their players and use the words “My kids” and “My guys”. Again, they are not YOUR KIDS . They belong to their parents and their creator. I think the “My” tag is symbolic of a basic lack of respect for our players... Read more
Last Friday I was blessed to be with the Eminence High School football team. They are one of the smallest schools in the state of KY that fields a football team. They have 25 players Freshmen-Senior and what an amazing group of young men they are. Most of them have experienced a great deal of... Read more
In our season 2 of SportsLeader virtues for boys and young men one of the virtues we focus on is Sacrifice. Hopefully we are helping to build the great men of tomorrow. FROM MALES TO MEN: TRUE MASCULINITY By: Bryan Davis Director of All Pro Dad, What does it truly mean to be a man... Read more
Here is a short movie clip from "Bella" about thankfulness. You are who you are because of so many other people! I could bench press 365 lbs. when I was a senior in high school…..way back in the fall of 1984. Thanks to how strong I was and the work I put in. Wrong! Thanks to my brother, Steve who... Read more
It is easy to become overly negative working with teenagers. Let us use our will to be more positive. My family watched a movie last night together - "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs". Here is a scene that, humorously, shows in 1 minute what Dan describes so well below. *July 31 Father-Son... Read more
To: The Sportsleader Family From: Steve Frommeyer, Principal and Head Football Coach, Eminence H.S. Recently, the scripture reading and sermon at church was about the story of Jesus calling people to follow him. When one said he would follow Jesus after he buried his father, Jesus replied, “Let... Read more
I had an interesting conversation with a young man last week. I have known him for a number of years as he played on a SportsLeader football team as a 7th and 8th grader. He was one of the captains on their city championship team. Now he is an incoming Sophomore at a high school with a very "... Read more
Our society is sick. Post Modernism, rapid technological developments, our struggling economy, and a fractured political system have taken their toll on the health of our society. As with any infection, it attacks the weakest and most vulnerable parts of the body first. In every community across... Read more
I have some good news and some not-so-good news. Good News: My Mom's surgeries went well. The tumor was small and it did not spread so a large sigh of relief and enormous array of gratitude to all of you who prayed, sacrificed, sent emails and cards, wrote prayers ... all truly, truly appreciated... Read more
Learning to understand our talents as gifts to serve others is a great lesson for all of us. Humility: “Humility is not desiring power, praise or prestige; just understanding that we are vessels for a greater glory.” True greatness is achieved through maximum effort, desirable result (or not),... Read more
I want to share a great moment despite a difficult situation involving our Nazareth Academy football program this past spring. There was an unsupervised party with alcohol present. As you can imagine nothing good usually comes out of these situations. As you are aware, last season we completed our... Read more
All good football coaches put in a lot of time and effort. Everyone knows that! They make countless personal sacrifices, most of which involve their own families. And for those of us in the parochial school system, there are even financial sacrifices. Putting in the necessary time in the off-season... Read more
Some coaches won't miss a practice opportunity unless their life is threatened. Others like Kent truly understand what sports and life are all about. Please forward this to your players and parents ... what are you going to do to serve others? By Kent Wright Head Football Coach Lebanon High School... Read more
By James Parker United Kingdom Catholic Executive Coordinator for the 2012 Olympic Games I have just returned from an exciting eight days in South Africa, 2010’s home to the FIFA Soccer World Cup. The eyes of much of the world are glued to TV screens as they watch professional soccer night in and... Read more
I know you have heard the old cliché that football emulates life, but it really is true and I think this gets to the heart of why many of us coaches value the sport so highly. Just like life, football is about death and resurrection. Football is about death to self and life to the team. It’s... Read more
As players "graduate" from SportsLeader High School programs they are moving on to be leaders in College. Ed Berry is a tremendous example of this. We are very proud to have him blogging with us. I had the privilege of seeing Ed practice one day at UK. He goes all out every play. God bless, Lou I... Read more
You never know how you are going to impact a kid. At one of our camps I was talking with a player entering his senior year of HS. He had never been to a bonfire, never slept in a tent, never held a fishing pole much less catch a fish, never swam in a pond, never heard of a smore, never saw the big... Read more
The Xenia virtue camp was a wonderful confirmation of what SportsLeader is striving to do. Here is the testimony of their head coach: As a 23 year veteran coach, I have personally witnessed the change in our parenting culture and seen the effects it has had on our young men. Our young men are... Read more
I was blessed to be a part of 2 different leadership camps last week. The first was the biggest one ever, Covington Catholic High School - 70, and the second was the smallest ever, Xenia High School - 8. Both were unique and extraordinary. Having been with over 12 schools and 1 college from 3... Read more
By Randy Traeger Head Football Coach Oregon It’s natural for every coach to focus on the kids who are exciting, involved, athletically talented and engaged. These are the kids you coach for right? Then there are those kids that are the “invisibles”. They add to your team numbers, and... Read more
By Fritz Knapp Lacrosse Coach and Author I can honestly say that of all the virtues, “honesty” is at the same time my favorite and the one on which I have to pray and work the hardest. Part of the problem is we live in an age of brutal honesty , where it’s in vogue for someone to tell another... Read more
As a soccer player for over fifty years and collegiate coach of 35 years, you can imagine the joy I had watching the US score the winning goal over Algeria in the final game of the World Cup group bracket play. With all the hype about the “winning” goal in their previous game against Slovenia,... Read more
Most coaches were brought up believing that the key to success in any sport is fundamentals. We as coaches must teach fundamental skills, whether it be blocking and tackling in football, fielding and pitching in baseball or take downs in wrestling. When things begin to get complicated with... Read more
The Lakota Stallions are an amazing youth football organization in Cincinnati. A few years ago they were featured on the local TV news network for some charity in action. This is a good reminder for us.Read more
As more and more coaches are having a profound impact on their players, the players are wanting to share and help more as well. Ryan Mossakowski, left in the photo, and Ed Berry are two of those young men. They are both football players at the University of Kentucky. Ryan is a QB and Ed a WR and... Read more
Tim Racki, Head Football Coach at Nazareth High School near Chicago, talks to his team about Leadership on and off the field. Around 1:38 of the video he speaks about his Dad and Father's Day. This is great food for thought.Read more
Interesting how the theme of Heroism has come from 2 different coaches, from opposite sides of the country, so close to Father's Day. Inspiration maybe? Lou "That's what it takes to be a hero, a little gem of innocence inside you that makes you want to believe that there still exists a right and... Read more
We have a crisis in America. According to statistics collected by the Children’s Defense Fund, every day in America: 5 children or teens commit suicide. 8 children or teens are killed by firearms. 1,154 babies are born to teen mothers. 2,467 high school students drop out. 2,421 children are... Read more
Each day of our teaching and coaching lives we are challenged to “empty the tank”. We are called by our vocation to give a full effort. We are human, and therefore some days are inevitably a little better than others. We preach to our kids, and many of us believe, the Lord knows what is on our... Read more
By Fritz Knapp Lacrosse Coach and Author Compassion: “No greater love has man than this, that he lay down his life for his friend.” Each of us has an innate desire to win, and this is reinforced by our sports coaches starting at an early age. The best coaches bring out the fighter in us without... Read more
I was blessed to witness something very powerful last night. I drove to Indianapolis with my friend Fr Matthew to visit Brian D. who was hurt in a car accident over the weekend. The entire football program was present to visit with him, to console his mother and sister and show support in any way... Read more
Brian Diefenderfer, a 15 year old star offensive and defensive lineman from Eastern Hancock High School in Indiana, was in a tragic car accident Saturday night. No one else was critically injured in the crash. He is in critical condition. At present they have him in an induced coma and on a... Read more
Church on the Ball from CatholicStudio on Vimeo . The World Cup Starts Today. I thought some general information would help. This is the 19th World Cup. The first was in Uruguay in 1930. Since then only 7 Countries have won the Cup. 9 victories from Europe and 9 from South America. Brazil 5 (1958,... Read more
By Randy Traeger Head Football Coach Oregon “Winning is a great deodorant. When you win, you smell great and everybody loves you. When you lose, you stink and people don’t want to be around you.” So you are probably going to go 0-9 this season? Sure, you are planning on keeping things... Read more
Standing at my kitchen counter on a nice spring evening the stunned radio announcer told the local audience that I would be the new head coach over some more “accomplished” candidates. I immediately called out of work for the next day, woke up with little sleep, and pounced the new hallways... Read more
Four men, one calling: To serve and protect. As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, and their partners are confident and focused. They willingly stand up to the worst the world can offer. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to... Read more
To: The Sportsleader family From: Steve Frommeyer – Principal and Head Football Coach at Eminence High School John Wooden passed away this week at the age of 99! He was a tremendous coach and an even greater human being. I heard him speak on the campus of EKU when I was in college, and I still... Read more
Last week we hosted our first team virtue camp of the summer - Eastern Hancock HS Football. They are a 1A high school from Indiana and they returned from having had their first experience of Virtue Camp last year. Virtue Camp is a mixture of team building, physical challenge, mental challenge,... Read more
SportsLeader has a new season of virtues that is ready to go - SEASON II - Sacrifice, Respect and Perseverance. This is a great introduction. More to come. Attached is a photo of our new commitment card. From: Read more
"Then all the assemby shouted loudly and blessed God, who saves those who hope in him." Daniel 13: 60 I was watching ESPNU the other night and saw a documentary on Ricky Williams the NFL running back. Evidently it's a documentary by ESPN called Run, Ricky, Run and a primary theme is Ricky's life... Read more
By Fritz Knapp Lacrosse Coach Virginia and Author of "The Book of Sports Virtues" Appreciation: “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me.” Sports require an expenditure of mental, physical, emotional and spiritual energy. Those who participate in sports appropriate these... Read more
When teams win - there is always more beneath the surface ... Virtue. Lighter, looser Blue Devils avenge three straight Final Four losses John Jiloty May 31st, 20102 The bus ride home from... Read more
By Randy Traeger Head Football Coach Oregon One of my favorite sayings is that as coaches and leaders, we must “Pierce the World’s Veil of Fear and Speak to the Soul of every Man”. This saying speaks to the fact that we believe most men and women of our post modern relative, technology driven... Read more
Happy Memorial Day! Thank you to everyone who has served our country with virtue. We appreciate everything you have done for us. Here is a 1 minute video of Coach Dan Duddy thanking his father, WW II vet Francis Xavier Duddy may he rest in peace, for being a servant and a man of resolve.Read more
My Mom, Angela Judd, was just diagnosed with breast cancer. Please remember her in your prayers and sacrifices. Thank you so much. From todays Mass reading, Romans 5: 1-5 Affliction produces endurance, and endurance, proven character, and proven character, hope, and hope does not disappoint,... Read more
Good nutrition is necessary for all of us but especially the serious athlete. Here are "The Super 13". Avocados Apples Blueberries Cabbage Fish and Fish Oil Mushrooms Garlic Almonds Eggs Flaxseeds Pomegranates Red Wine - 1 drink a day Dark Chocolate If you would like more information on the Super... Read more
By Chris Willertz, Winton Woods Wrestling, OH There was a time when coaching a sport was all about coaching a sport. Teaching specific sport skills, emphasizing teamwork, having fun and enjoying young people were the prime elements of the life of a youth coach. As so many of us realize, coaching is... Read more
By Joe Ehrmann I went to Yeardley Love's funeral with my twenty two year old son. The University of Virginia lacrosse player was appearently murdered at the hands of a former boyfriend. My son, a college lacrosse player, was friends with Yeardley, her accused murderer, and many of the men and women... Read more
Remember that story from a few weeks back about the girls softball team that forfeited the game to help the other team? If not click here Well it has now made the front page of ESPN - Rick... Read more
By Dan Duddy Head Football Coach New Jersey I lost my father May 10 th . He died peacefully with a quiet last breath; mind you “Quiet” was never an adjective that described him. He was a “man of few words” perhaps, but those words were strong and audible for sure. Pop’s slow and steady... Read more
To: The Sportsleader Family From: Steve Frommeyer, principal... Read more
By Mike Gims Head Football Coach Potomac Falls High School, Virginia As a transformational leader my vision is to develop an atmosphere where athletes can grow as leaders with character while focusing on academics, and developing, physically and socially. This team will be characterized by certain... Read more
Life presents us with thousands of opportunities to keep up our fitness. We can look for them in them smallest or grandest of places. Whether you’re going on a two hour run in the mountains, riding your bike through town or carrying the dog food all the way to the dog house in the alley instead... Read more
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16: 33 "One time during INDOC while we were out on a night run, one of the instructors actually climbed up the outside of a building, came... Read more
As coaches, it goes without saying that a primary aspect of the job is to win. Not figuratively or in the metaphorical sense, but to literally win. That's why coaches and athletes put in the long hours, mastering their sport and sacrificing so much. In this pursuit of a larger "W" column, there is... Read more
By Dan Duddy Head Football Coach New Jersey In comparison to many football coaches on the high school level I have been blessed with many wins. I am also truly amazed at how many victories other coaches have accumulated, well above my count, some with fewer years in. My high school head coach is 82... Read more
Dads, did you know that your daughter most likely craves physical affection from you? And if you don't give her hugs and kisses on the cheek every day and tell her you love her, she'll most likely get it from another guy her age? It's a bit unsettling, isn't it? But it's true. A study from Dr. Meg... Read more
By Randy Traeger Head Football Coach Oregon We are compelled, we are called, to address the problem of rebuilding the moral foundation of America's youth. Our society struggles with finding solutions to our current moral crisis. How can we teach morality and virtue to our youth when today’s... Read more
“Who are my mother and my brothers?” he asked. Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.” Matthew 3 33-35 “Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother... Read more
We live in a world that promotes instant gratification. Everything from television, to the internet, to fast food restaurants are designed to meet our immediate needs. Our young people are continually bombarded with messages counter to those promoted by our Christian faith. As adults, we have a... Read more
Franics Xavier Duddy, the father of Coach Dan Duddy, passed away today. Dan is one of SportsLeader's finest. Let us pray for the repose of his soul. "Pop died today around 330. he took a nice peaceful last breath, he had received all of his sacraments. he raised five children and was a loyal and... Read more
By: Steve Frommeyer, principal and Head Football Coach, Eminence High School Mother’s Day weekend this year again reminds me how important it is to say thank you to our own mothers as well as the mother of our children (our wives). They have and will continue to make great sacrifices for all of... Read more
By Mike Baria Asst. Wrestling Coach, Moeller High School Cincinnati I was blessed to have the opportunity to be educated at Harvard University. I also had the privilege of starting for and being captain of the varsity wrestling team. It was an amazing four years that taught me so much, but I find... Read more
I had lunch with a wrestling coach recently. We were discussing what our young men are going through these days ... that kids who live in the inner city have the "battle" of gangs, drugs, real physical violence. But for those us who coach/teach in a "safer suburb" what are the battles our young men... Read more
Coach Mike Gims is the new head football coach at Potomac Falls High School in Virginia. I have known Mike for a number of years. He is a man of great faith. I still remember when he called his coaches aside minutes before taking the field for a game so they could all pray together alone and ask... Read more
By Randy Traeger 2009 SportsLeader Coach of Uncommon Strength Our mission is to help our young people grow moral virtues through education, deliberate virtuous acts, perseverance in struggles, and by following good examples. I would like to drill down a little deeper into the “example” part of... Read more
There is a cliché in high school and college athletics about priorities. I don’t know who started it, but it always goes something like, God, family, school and sport(insert whatever sport you participate in.) It seems every coach at least one time a season, describes how in “his” program,... Read more,237745 After Game 7 loss, Capitals' Laich fixes tire for stranded family By Greg Wyshynski Two weeks ago, Mary Ann Wangemann ordered a Washington Capitals jersey for her hockey-crazed 14-year-old... Read more