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 that you are aware that having our team name written on your jersey carries great responsibilities. The tradition demands your utmost commitment year round. Hard work will be key to your success over the next four years. You should be motivated to win a championship each year you wear this jersey.

My big message for you is – “Trust the system”. Only when I opened my mind and realized that the people around our program can greatly increase our performance on the field, was I able to improve my game and become an important part of our team. Talent means nothing without commitment to hard work. This commitment is seen in all aspects of what we do, from lifting and agilities to practicing free kicks when no one is watching. We can achieve great things this year. And, I am willing to work extremely hard in order to make sure that the trophy sits in our locker room in November. You need to make the same commitment this summer. There is no room for mediocrity or low standards. Aim high, trust the system, and work fanatically the next few months. It will pay off this November!

You should already be thinking about how you want to be perceived when preseason begins. Everything you do right now, from lifting and stretching, to hitting corner kicks will affect our team. The “system” will make you better this fall. Remember, not everyone can make the national tournament. What will you do this summer to make sure we are playing in the NCAA’s this fall?

Your teammate