As the final whistle blew, I looked up at the stadium scoreboard...1-0, we had just lost the final game of the regional playoffs for the 1997 NCAA tournament. This was my freshman year at a the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). We had just completed our best season 15-2-1 but I wasn’t satisfied. Why did we lose the game? What could we have done differently?
Our Assistant Coach with whom I had developed a close relationship came up to me and said “one day you will be a fine coach”. Maybe it was my analytical mind or my ability to read into the game, but I always enjoyed having deep tactical conversations with my teammates and coaches.
I loved playing and coaching football, but most rewarding was developing the players around me. Initially I believed that coaching was mainly about teaching the technical and tactical aspects of the game, but I soon discovered that it was about Developing Players For Life!