After years of hinting and months of direct conversations, Ordell is finally recording some of his thoughts about the coaching life. Ordell answers questions and shares his wisdom and insights about the challenges coaches face from his perspective at both the college and high school levels. What I love most is that my husband understands the tremendous impact coaches have on the generations of athletes they encounter and he doesn’t shy away from speaking directly about the need to press into the mission and ministry of coaching.

What are the Things Players Should Leave Your Program Understanding? 

4. LOVE IS A VERB

SEE A NEED, YOU HAVE RESOURCES FOR THE NEED, YOU ACT

Jam 2:15-16 Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day: stay warm and eat well” – but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?

5. UNCOMMON WORK ETHIC

THE WORK IS FINISHED WHEN IT IS DONE CORRECTLY  NOT WHEN THE CLOCK HAS EXPIRED

Players should understand that a great work ethic is not tied to a clock or attempted repetitions. An uncommon work ethic is only concerned with the question “Was the job complete correctly?”

6. ADVERSITY REVEALS

EXPOSES THE REAL YOU. DO YOU FIGHT OR FLIGHT? LEARN TO BE A FIGHTER.

Adversity is a great teacher. It will reveal what kind of person you really are. We may think we are the kind of person that doesn’t quit. But you will only know that when you face real adversity. You may think you know how to persevere. But you won’t be tested until you face adversity. Players should understand how to treat adversity as a teaching tool to learn how to persevere. Adversity is a reality of the human experience. Let’s learn how to persevere instead of learning how to be a quitter.

What are the Things Players Should Leave Your Program Understanding?

Key Take-Aways: Part 1 of 3

Whatever you talk about most is what your players will understand when they leave your program.

  • It doesn’t matter what posters you put up
  • It doesn’t matter what handouts are in your playbook
  • It doesn’t matter what you say to parents

If you aren’t constantly talking about those things, players are not likely to leave your program with an understanding of what you care about as a program. In this video, Coach Walker presents 3 key points of his coaching philosophy.

1. COURAGE or COWARD

You’re only enacting courage when you’re afraid. The coward uses fear as an excuse. The courageous move forward even though fear is present.

We all have fears, anxiety, uncertainty in some area of our life. However, that is not an excuse not to act. We want the player to be courageous in spite of the fears that have.

2. ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE

When you fail to express gratitude you communicate ingratitude.

I want players to understand the power of gratitude and how it works. If you fail to say thank you or show appreciation for something someone else has done you are likely communicating ingratitude to that person. That’s probably not what you want.

3. COMMITMENT OVER COMFORT

Your feelings are the enemies of your dreams.

Our feelings and emotions are always changing. Motivation comes and goes. Don’t rely on your motivation to act. If you do, your feelings will become an enemy to the goals you have. Feelings aren’t behaviors. You can always act in a way that is counter to how you feel.

 

What’s the Difference Between Captains and Leaders?

Key Take-Aways

  • Culture is King
  • Captains = Title Leaders = Power
  • Influence is vital
  • You better have influence on the people who influence your culture.
  • Establish a Leadership Council Invest in 1 on 1 relationships

How Do You Balance X’s & O’s with Ministry?

Key Take-Aways

  • Ministry is the Job. But you are paid for the X’s and O’s. This can be a challenging thing to balance if you don’t keep ministry as your foundation.
  • Winning is an endless cycle of dissatisfaction. Even when you win you will eventually be criticized for how you win.
  • When you have the choice, hire ministry oriented coaches.
  • Then train and evaluate them.
  • Schedule ministry first then build your X’s & O’s around it.
  • Coaches without a ministry mindset will get in the way of your team’s vision.
  • Learn to clearly articulate where you are headed.

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lessons from the sidelines book coverPublic life can be lonely, even when you are living on mission. We all need a cheerleader from time to time, and Lessons from the Sidelines aims to be just that. As the wife of a football coach, Beth Walker encourages women whose families are in the public eye to pursue their own callings even as they support their husbands’ careers and ministries. Through her own personal stories as well as interviews with other women who are also living just outside their husbands’ limelight, Beth shows it’s possible to do both.