I am sure you are getting anxious for your senior year to be over, it’s definitely about that time. Make sure you are having fun. Spend a lot of time with your friends and go crazy! (just be safe) Make sure you are taking advantage of your free time and having fun with your friends and family, because it gets harder and harder once you are away at school.

As far as college goes, you have received many awards and accomplishments throughout your career. We need you to come in with the same amount of energy you have always had. Please spend time looking at the workout routines Coach Taylor will send you and start going through them. It will help if you go to your gym and ask one of the trainers to go through a couple workouts with you. I also suggest doing one treadmill workout per week. Trust me, they are tough, but once you finish the workout, it feels so refreshing.

This post season our team has been working extremely hard and we are all dedicated more than ever to make next season a brand new start. We need you to come in prepared to do the same. If everyone comes back dedicated, in shape, and focused on succeeding TOGETHER then we already will be a completely different and improved team.

Personally, I am very excited for you to come in and make a positive impact. We need all of the hard work and positive energy we can get. Plus, we can have some fun!

I just want to remind you that the more prepared you are physically; the easier things will be for you when transitioning from high school to the college game. Good luck with the rest of your senior year, enjoy it to the fullest! I can’t wait to see everyone in the fall!

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?