Reality Checked by a Two-Year-Old

It was a tough start to the week for our team at basketball camp a few weeks ago. We had made the thirteen hour drive to Cleveland, TN to attend Coach T’s Championship Basketball Camp at Lee University. When most people at the camp found out we were from Texas they gave me the “you must be crazy” look when they realized how far we came. I was in a bad place mentally and spiritually after the first few games.

Including Home School Athletes in Your Athletic Department

When I first arrived in Texas I was very surprised by the amount of Christian schools (including ours) that rely on participation from home school athletes in order to field an athletic department. I definitely had mixed feelings about the situation. You can read more about how this policy can affect your athletic department in a previous article. However, today we’d like to look at a more specific angle. How do you include home school athletes in your team?

5 Reasons Why You and Yours Should Read To the Hilt

If you’ve been visiting for any length of time then you’ve probably heard us reference Coach Kevin Templeton or, as he is known by many, Coach T. The Lord has greatly blessed Coach T’s ministry over the years. He has held a variety of positions at public schools, Christian schools, and Christian universities. All of Coach T’s experience and wisdom have finally been summed up in his book, To the Hilt: Coaching Character for Life. This is not your average coaching philosophy book. Allow us to help persuade you to pick up a copy for yourself and add it to your library.To-The-Hilt-banner-300x200

Impacting Lives from the AD’s Office

Our school hired a new teacher/coach for the upcoming school year. I’m very excited, but also kind of bummed out. Since the new coach is coming, I won’t be needed as much in some of our sports. While I look forward to the freeing up of my schedule, I’m a little hesitant to step out of some of the sports that I had been coaching. Most of this is because I’m a control freak, but another huge reason is that I truly enjoy interacting with young people in an athletic setting. I hate thinking that I might be losing opportunities to make an impact.

Know the Pulse of Your Parents

Ah, parents. They are a major part of our athletic departments. With them we can do great things. Without them, we probably get fired. If you google the phrase “athletic director and parents” most of the first responses are tips on how to “deal with” parents. (full disclosure: we’ve written a few articles in this tone as well) While there are some parents that we definitely have to “deal with,” we would rather learn how to “work with” the parents of our athletes. It is for this reason that you as the AD need to know the pulse of your parents.

When Culture Doesn’t Click (Part 3)

In the final installment of our “When Culture Doesn’t Click Series” we look at some steps that you can take after you have completed the analysis stage. Once you’ve taken the appropriate time to address the personal, relational, and public reasons of why the desired athletic culture isn’t taking hold in your athletic department, you need to begin to move forward.

When Culture Doesn’t Click (Part 2)

This is the second article in this series. The goal is to help those of us who have been trying to establish or fix the culture of the athletic departments at our Christian schools. In the first article we talked about the need to keep things in perspective by not panicking. We also highlighted the need for relaxation in order to help us as athletic directors fight the daily battle of culture change. In today’s post we look to help you get to the root of why positive athletic culture didn’t click in your school’s athletic department.

The Post-Season Checklist

By “post season” we’re actually not referring to playoffs and tournaments. What we’re talking about today is what the athletic director should do once a season has ended. For most of us, basketball season has recently come to a close. Whether your team cut down the nets or pulled a Denver Nuggets, you have a small window to take care of some important administrative duties. Some of this is common sense that you probably already do. Hopefully, there are a few things listed today that you haven’t considered previously but will begin to implement going forward.


Today’s post comes to us from Dennis Scott. Coach Scott is currently the head golf coach at NCCAA Division I Bob Jones University. To list Coach Scott’s accomplishments would be a blog post in and of itself; to learn more about him click here. Many of you are already familiar with Coach Scott and his work with the Coaches Sports Philosophy Network. If that’s the case, then you may have already read this article on his blog. However, we would encourage you to read it again, and participate in #thankacoach activity. Instructions are at the end of the article! Looking forward to hearing from everyone.

The Civil Athletic Department

Recently we had the privilege of attending the Texas Organization of Christian Schools Psalm 78 Conference. At the P78 Conference, we attended a workshop given by the dean of nursing at Maranatha Baptist University in Watertown, WI. Kelly Crum spoke on Creating an Environment of Civility in the Classroom. Many of her points are also applicable to our athletic departments.