You are entering a unique community at a very exciting time with our first league championship and second consecutive playoff appearance. Work ethic, dedication, teamwork, and a strong tradition are attributes we have embraced over the years. We have returned the program to where it should be. However, there is so much more we want to accomplish. We expect to compete for our second title and go even further in the playoffs.

This program is a family in every sense of the word. We laugh, sweat, bleed, struggle, and prevail together. Relying on each other for support on and off the field allows us to grow as players and coaches. There will definitely be tough times physically and mentally. From studying film and scouting reports, to fitness tests and seemingly endless practice, we stick together through it all and this is what makes the good times even better.

You MUST come in this fall prepared. We can not afford to spend extra time on fitness and stick work come September. I am asking you to work harder than you have before, come in to the fall ready to compete. It starts when you finish reading this letter. Spend an extra half hour in the gym then you normally would. Double your stick work reps, get more shots, and spend more time on the wall. The harder you work now the easier it will be when September rolls around. Enjoy your summer, but keep the program in the back of your mind and DON’T CUT CORNERS.

Give my best to your family,

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?