As we all know, our sport is very demanding. We push our bodies to its limits for a full 60 minutes, then need and expect it to recover for another game just a few days later. It is important that we get our bodies in the best physical shape possible, so that it can meet the demands we place on it. We must get prepared starting now. It does not matter that the fall is our off-season; this does not mean that we can wait until winter break to prepare for the season. The work must start now!

I do not think anyone has been in better shape than where we got with Coach Taylor’s training. We place our trust in Rob to get us to where we need to be fitness wise and we believe he can get us there. This trust and belief means that we must follow the Summer workout program he has given us. We should give our all in every workout. Doing it not because we have to, but because we want to. We need to challenge ourselves every time we workout, whether it be running, lifting, or even just throwing a ball around.

We want to have a successful season this year, but to reach this success we must put in the hard work. The fall will be challenging, but it should not be a struggle. Now is the time we must have the discipline to follow the Summer packet, so that we do not have to waste time in the fall getting fit. The Summer packet will get you to where you need to be at the beginning of the fall, and we will only get better from there. Enjoy the summer, enjoy the challenge of pushing your body through workouts, and let’s get ready to have a successful season.


Your teammate

Throughout my career motivated individuals have surrounded me. This inspiration at times was tough to feel during the daily grind, and other times the real life energy was obvious. When our paths cross, I am proud to see that the athletes come up to me for a handshake or high five and the stories they remind me about put an instant smile on my face.

This new segment will showcase the letters that many have written, myself or the athletes and coaches that I have worked with; to share their inspiration with those we call “teammates.” As you read through the messages that are shared, please remember that what is inside you can separate you from the rest. Look around and you may be surprised how many others are in need of just a little enthusiasm to push them closer to their goals: professionally, physically, mentally, etc.

I will begin with a letter that I sent to a team that I am still very proud of to this day. No names needed. Just a sincere message that I hope can impact others to pay it forward by giving energy to those around them.

Please leave your feedback in the comments section at the bottom. How are you preparing your team, coaches, administrators, staff, co-workers, sons, daughters, mothers, and fathers to have a positive mindset in both good and challenging times?