What’s in a Number?

                This is the time of the year that numbers develop adjectives, especially in basketball.  The NCAA I men’s and women’s tournaments begin with 68 teams.  The rest of the NCAA basketball, divisions two and three, begins with 64 teams.  There are no adjectives with these teams.  Maybe we could call it the sexy sixty, but that hardly refers to basketball.  When these teams are selected, a verb is associated with these teams; it’s called, “Let’s go dancing!”  All 392 men’s and women’s NCAA teams have made the “Dance” (a noun) and they can’t wait to go dancing.  Continue reading

The Spring Time

Let me start by apologizing for the delay in blogs.  Spring is a crazy, busy time of year in college athletics.  Currently, we have six sports playing on campus.  It was eight until the basketball season ended.  It is the most fun and action-filled time of the year, but it is overwhelming at times.  Continue reading

Raising Arizona

                Late last Wednesday, the dream trip following my retirement announcement came to an end.  I had traveled over 2,500 miles with my 12-year old son, Sam and my 14-year old grandson, Jacob.  We had traveled through four states, seen small towns, cities, mountains, deserts, and greening fields of wheat.  Most importantly, we had seen four major league spring training games and explored every corner of Phoenix, AZ and its suburbs. Continue reading

The Toughest Blog 2

            A week after my retirement announcement, Sam, Jacob and I piled in a car and headed to spring training in Arizona.  My son, grandson and I will spend four or five days in spring training as we follow our passion for baseball.  Before I left, I wanted to follow last week’s blog with the names of a few people that have meant a lot to me. Continue reading

The Toughest Blog

My coaching career has come to a close.  Please don’t call me a liar if you view me coaching my son, Sam’s, Little League baseball team.  However, that’s as close to sneaking out of retirement you’ll see me.  There won’t be any George Foreman-type coming out of retirement.  Coaching has been my life, but I hope it didn’t define my entire life.  I guess we’ll see what happens. Continue reading

Heroes

Heroes.  We all have them.  Some people’s heroes are athletes, some government and world leaders.  Others choose members of the military who defend our freedom.  Some people’s heroes may be their parents or kids.  I probably have heroes in all of those categories.  For instance, I’ve always considered my grandparents as heroes.  My ‘granny’ is just about perfect in my eyes.  Always has been.  It would be impossible for me to go into all the reasons I consider her to be a hero but suffice to say, I would not be where I am today without my grandmother.  She has been a role model on how to live and is the most giving person I’ve ever known.  I take great inspiration from her. Continue reading

When the Going Get Tough. . .

                It seems like a long time ago, but this Wednesday marks exactly one year to the day that our women’s basketball team clinched their first ever MIAA regular season championship.  This year hasn’t exactly gone by the script I wanted to write for my Bearcat team.  A few people have asked me if this is the toughest year I’ve had in coaching. Continue reading

Career Day

This week I was asked to speak to the sixth graders at Maryville Middle School.  They have a monthly speaker talking about their profession.  Chelli Green told Beth Findley, both sixth grade teachers, to ask me to speak about coaching.  The fact that Sam, my son, is a sixth grader probably had something to do with my invitation. Continue reading

Bucket Lists

The term bucket list first came to my attention after the 2007 movie “The Bucket List” was released.  Perhaps it existed before, but I hadn’t heard the expression.  In the dictionary, bucket list is defined as “a list of things to do before you die.”  I’ve thought several times about putting such a list together but always end up thinking I’ll do it when I have more time.  I’m really not sure when that will be. Continue reading

Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz

Since I was a kid, I have always loved late night television.  My parents forced me to bed at 9 pm, but I would sneak to the door and listen to westerns like Cheyenne.  I f you remember Cheyenne, you are starting to get a little elderly.  It was one of two or three westerns that rotated each week.  I don’t remember which network, but there were only CBS, NBC, and ABC.  I know one of the others western’s was Sugar Foot.  There were other television shows of the old west in the late 1950’s and 1960’s like Lawman and Maverick.  I loved them all even if I could only hear the words and gunshots through my bedroom door. Continue reading