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?


I hope your summer is going well and you are getting excited to jump into the fall season soon! We are SO excited for you to be a part of something special with us. As a member of our team you are now part of a tradition that goes far beyond playing lacrosse.

Becoming a freshman is a great experience; an experience of learning and growing as a person. Coming into fall ball prepared is the first big step. Yes, the workouts may be stressful at times, and may be hard to get through. Know that when you are lifting or running those sprints you are making us a better team. Each of us needs to be accountable for ourselves and take pride in this team. Know that every extra rep that you do will get us to the top. This year has been a great year of learning to win again. We know that the work we do over the summer will get us to where we want to be this season.

I know sometimes it’s hard to push yourself through these workouts, trust me I’ve been there. Just know that every one of your teammates is going through the same thing and soon enough we will be at practice in September together. This summer, take pride in the fact that you can make that difference for us as a team as we move forward. So when you think you can’t do that last rep or that last sprint, think about your teammates, your coaches and where you want us to be next year. What will you do to get us there?

Enjoy the rest of the summer with your friends and families! We can’t wait to see you in the fall!

Your teammate