An Open Letter To the Coach or Athlete Battling Mental Illness:

Whether we like it or not, there indeed exists a stigma in athletics that players and coaches must be “mentally tough”, and that discussing mental illness is taboo. As a result, those who are struggling do so in silence for fear that they will be labeled soft, incompetent, or mentally weak.  Recently, I posted some…

17 Lessons Learned in 2017

In a professional sense, 2017 was certainly a fulfilling year for me. But, it wasn’t without challenge or struggle. In fact, both in professional and personal terms, this year was also one of the most challenging I’ve gone through yet. Considering all that 2017 had to offer — the good and the bad — I…

Why I Write

At first, I believed my deepest passion was baseball, and that this, alone, was what drove me. But, in reflection, I have learned that it is about something different entirely: developing relationships with others. And, at the foundation of every interpersonal relationship is communication. Despite being tasked with coaching athletes my own age (and sometimes…

New Beginnings – A Letter to My DHS Athletes

In early March of 2017 I officially accepted a new position in the field of Strength & Conditioning: a coordinator role in the Cleveland Indians organization. This, of course, now moves me from my most recent position, as the Director of Strength & Conditioning for DeLand High School. For most on the outside, this move…

The Best Coaching-Career Advice I’ve Ever Received

Choosing a career path in coaching is not a decision to be taken lightly. This profession comes with a hefty price tag, that of a strong-willed commitment to personal development and the improvement of each athlete in which a coach is responsible. This commitment takes great times, energy, financial resources, and mental reserves. The ladder that nearly…

4 Things I Learned Being The Youngest Coach on Staff

I’ve recently come to realize that my time working as a “young strength and conditioning coach” is slowly waning away. To be candid, I am 24-years old, and by no means do I consider myself an old coach, or even a veteran coach. But, for what seemed like the longest time I was always considered a young…