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?


We had a great season last year and are already focusing on the new season. There are big expectations for you. You should begin preparing right now and be physically ready to play in the fall. Come to campus mentally tough and determined to make us better.

Over the next couple of months, it is important to get yourself ready to take your game to the next level. Do not slack off just because it is summer time and the suns out. Go for a run and lift weights so you are not surprised with the tempo of fall practice. It is important to make a good impression on the coaches and your teammates from the first day we are together as a team.

Our goal is to win championships! If this is not one of your goals now, it certainly will be once fall ball starts and you are around this program. Getting in the right frame of mind this summer will absolutely pay off. Doing what may be considered the “little things” or “extra work” will not only make you better, but it will benefit the team as well.

An overlooked challenge for freshman often times is the academic requirements. If you maintain your grades and keep up with the work, you will be extremely excited to be on the field in the spring. It will take all of us in the locker room to get back to the tournament this coming season.

Have a great summer! Come to campus ready to play, and ultimately have fun.
Your teammate