I'm a Mormon and a Coach, and honestly these guys just need to change their
priorities. All this intense work for coaching as if it takes precedence over
their spiritual duties is ridiculous. I spend maybe ten minutes prepping for my
U-8 Soccer Team's practice. Sometimes I'll go to the AYSO website and
watch a video on how to do drills, but most of it is simple creativity. And my
players know that I care because I show up at the games. Five pages
to describe how tough it is? Meh. Just simplify, man!
Defensive Coordinator and recruiter for Stanford is Lance Anderson. He's a
great example of dedication to church and family!
Incite FullLayton, UTYour not being for reals right now right?
U-8 girls soccer is not NFL or Division 1, these are there jobs, do you do
limited work when your at work? My guess is no, you probably do what your
suppose to, and that's exactly what these guys do.
Being a coach...whoa and wow, like, being a parent of four with one in diapers
is not pressure! Parents work and serve and parent. The home comes first. Come
on. Sports is a game with no real consequence beyond entertainment and personal
pride. If the coaches have too much pressure, then they allow it, so get more
assistants or just don't care after doing your best. Take care of the
players, make them students first, athletes second. As for pro sports, remember
the Sabbath and keep it sporty.
Coaching at any level is admirable, but no, coaching a U-8 soccer team (which I
have done) is nothing like coaching at Babe Ruth, high school, college, or the
professional level ... not even remotely. I have coached over 25 teams from
young children to adult levels, and many in between. But the demands expand
tremendously, the more competitive the team / league are.I concur
that our society has placed sports at a level that is beyond reason. That
having been said, my hat goes off to a Coach N at Navy (despite my West Point
leanings), or any of the others who keep their priorities in line, and make time
to fulfill what they believe to be their duty. That is precisely what is asked
of those who receive "callings", and when they respond properly, it is
delightful to see.
I'm curious. Are there no other pressure-filled professions occupied by LDS
men and women? If not, that would justify a multiple page article on Mormon
coaches. If there are other pressure-filled professions, wonder how or why
coaching was the profession selected.
Good thing the rest of us don't have demanding jobs and pressure filled
lives that we all somehow have to balance. Good grief.
Good article, The face of college football and coaches with a
Christian foundation is growing. Years ago, recruiting visits were full of keg
parties and strippers. Other than BYU, there weren't many options for
Christian/ LDS kids to play that had a healthy influence. Thanks to Ron
McBride, that all changed. Now all the states schools are loaded with LDS
coaches and returned missionaries. And they're winning. Gary Anderson
told me there wasn't a successful program in the state of Utah who had less
than 18 returned missionaries on the team. Utah State had 26 at the time. I love football. I love that I had two children who have full ride
scholarships to play D-1 FB and they can earn their own way without mom and dad
as a crutch. I am grateful that their are coached by men like Gary Anderson, Ed
Lamb, Justin Ena, Steve Clark, etc. Not only have they learned to be good FB
players, but learned to be good students, and men as well.
Maybe the title of the article should have included the words "High
Profile" in the description. That would make a bit more sense. I can think
of many more "pressure filled" professions than being a football coach,
after all their jobs are just about a game. While it may be pressure filled,
usually no one loses their life playing football.
Gosh-DUH"I'm curious. Are there no other pressure-filled
professions occupied by LDS men and women? If not, that would justify a multiple
page article on Mormon coaches. If there are other pressure-filled professions,
wonder how or why coaching was the profession selected."andyjaggy"Good thing the rest of us don't have demanding jobs
and pressure filled lives that we all somehow have to balance. Good
grief."Gosh and andy-I found this article via the SPORTS
link. With football season coming on and not much SPORTS to print for the next
9 days you're surprised about a DNews article about Mormon coaches?Further, the article did not denigrate any other jobs or make fun of
pressure filled lives with which the general public gets to deal.I'm surprised that you invested the time to read the piece and then awed
that you wasted your valuable time commenting.Goodness gracious
sakes alive! as Coach Wooden used to his version of profanity.
I'm in the stake presidency in my area--I probably spend about 20 hours a
week on assignments/visits/interviews/travel, etc. I coach a middle school boys
traveling team in the winter and little league baseball in the summer. I miss
alot of games/concerts events for my own kids, but I make many others--they
don't seem any worse for the wear--in fact they are state champs and
college recruits (one on a mission). I have a salaried professional job, and
the hours are never 40/week. I just do it, and don't think it's
anything special that I do--I just feel grateful to be with so many great people
in the our stake.
To those of you bagging on Incite Full: You need to get your TIC
meters calibrated. TIC--tongue in cheek--get it? There is no way he was trying
to equate coaching a U-8 soccer team to the job of a college, professional, or
even high school coach. He was having fun spoofing the whole idea of how
demanding coaching can be. He dangled a line and some of you swallowed it hook,
line, and sinker.
Coach Niumatalolo would make a great assistant coach to Whittingham. What a
great opportunity it would be for him to coach in the PAC12Go
TheGreatPAC12"Coach Niumatalolo would make a great assistant
coach to Whittingham."Actually he'd be a great replacement
for Whit. I've enjoyed watching the "gutty, little Middies" either
beat or scare the other independent, Notre Dame. Has Whit done either?
Just curious, why no mention of coach Whitt in the article? He's LDS and
I'm pretty sure his position has more pressure on him than most of the
people mentioned here, and I'd be curious to get his perspective on things.
Coach Mendenhall is mentioned about half a dozen times, which is fine I guess,
but I forget- this is the D-News...
Old But Not StupidHe needs to first be an assistant. He needs to
learn the ropes of the PAC12, ease into it, before heading up a program in Thee
Conference of ChampionsProud PAC12 member
Our high school coaches are LDS and swear and are vulgar and cruel in the locker
room and on the field. The LDS parents just ignore it saying it's just
'part of the sports culture.' And the coaches attend Church as if
there is 'a separation between sports life and Church life.' It even
happens at BYU folks. Intense sports devotion/competition seems to bring out the
worst in many a man.
Hahaha, being a coach to a bunch of guys throwing a football around is supposed
to be pressure.Try working on things that actually have a real
impact to the world, geez.
I remember when LaVell Edwards was assistant head football coach and my
wife's bishop at BYU. He was always up at the dorm, meeting with and
counseling the students. I understand that he usually handled head coaching
responsibilities much like a bishop: Delegating the football end of things to
his coordinators and assistants and dealing with the critical issues in the
lives of his players directly.