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Have This Year’s Graduating Seniors Been COACHED FOR LIFE?

Thursday, June 03, 2010


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As the Class of 2010 walks across the stage, what lessons will they be taking with them?  Beyond chemistry, history, algebra and literature, what LIFE PRINCIPLES did their teachers and coaches instill in them?

Coached for Life, by Ed Flaherty and Jack Uldrich, is the true account of how two high school football coaches, who molded an undistinguished group of young men not only into state champions but also into men with integrity that would follow them the rest of their lives.

When the players of the Great Falls Central Mustangs arrived for the first day of practice in the fall of 1962, they had their sights set on the unlikely goal of the state championship. But what their coaches delivered was far more lasting than a championship ring; it was life-changing truths that transformed these boys into men, instilling character that would span their lifetime. The Mustangs went on to distinguish themselves as entrepreneurs, bank presidents, school administrators, multi-million dollar home builders, and even songwriters. Perhaps the greatest testament of the coaches’ lasting influence is the large percentage of players who have followed in their footsteps to become coaches themselves.

Flaherty and Uldrich have organized the life lessons into twelve memorable principles, each illustrated by the true stories of players who have put those lessons into practice. These real LIFE APPLICATIONS include:

· Setting the Bar High: how establishing and fulfilling clear goals shaped Ed Flaherty’s career as the consummate entrepreneur

· Extreme Perseverance: how enduring “hell week” during the 1962 season prepared Dale Roos to survive for five days alone in the jungles of Vietnam

· Responsibility is the One Thing that Cannot be Delegated: how Bruce Campbell broke the cycle of absent fatherhood and stepped up to the plate to parent three young children alone

· Passing the Torch: how the coaches developed a legacy of leadership that continues today

Coached for Life is not just another feel-good football story. Rather, it is an amazing testament to the profound impact that ANY LEADER — the coach, the teacher, the boss, the minister, or the parent — can have on someone else’s life, particularly when he or she is leading young people. This book clearly shows that the words and actions of any leader can transform a person, instilling core beliefs that will last a lifetime.

With a foreword by the winningest coach in NCAA history, Coached for Life has drawn rave reviews from noted leaders across many fields including the President Emeritus of the University of Notre Dame, the CEO of RE/MAX International, the owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves, and the former governor of Montana. Coached for Life provides much-needed encouragement for weary leaders who sometimes wonder if their hard work really makes a difference.

Coached for Life by Ed Flaherty and Jack Uldrich
Bronze Bow Publishing/March 2010
ISBN: 978-0-615-27882-7/383 pages/softcover/$19.95

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Here's My Story:  I am really looking forward to reading Coached for LIFE this summer.  I know I will be able to relate whole-heartedly to this book, as I know the LIFE-changing impact that ANY leader can have on someone's life.  The one leader who has impacted my life the most, besides my parents, was my grade 9 teacher, Mr. Bill Adam. 

Grade 9 was an incredibly life-changing year for me healthwise.  At 14 years of age, I was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis in all my joints.  I went from being an independent teenager to having to rely on others for help with the simplest day to day tasks.  The illness hit so fast and so hard that I missed the final 2 months of my grade 9 school year.  Mr. Adam was always my favorite teacher; but I never realized how much a hand-written note on my report card would change my life.

Thankfully, I had good marks in school; I was able to receive 'recommends' so that I didn't have to write my final exams ~ a real blessing!  But, I would have much rather wrote the tests than being so sick at home.  In my grade 9 report card, Mr. Adam wrote 4 simple words on a note that would become engraved on my heart over the years ~ "Keep your chin up!"

After 29 years, I finally had the chance to reconnect with Mr. Adam and let him know how those 4 words have touched my heart so deeply over the years; and also how those same 4 words have encouraged me many times to 'not give up.'

Back then, I wasn't a believer in Christ (I never became a born-again believer until I was 29 years old).  BUT now, the 4 simple words that were engraved upon my heart remind me of the following Scripture:

That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.  For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!  So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.  ~ 2 Corinthians 4: 16 -18 NLT

~ Karla Meachem

We all have a story of how someone has IMPACTED our lives.  Be sure to visit www.CoachedForLifeBlog.com and share your story.

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