Saturday, September 17, 2011
I Loved You Enough
By Wayne Walters
Some day when my players are old enough to understand the logic that motivates coaches, I will tell them:
I loved you enough to worry where you were going after late practice, and with whom and how much sleep and study time I left you.
I loved you enough to insist that you take personal responsibility for your actions instead of letting you make excuses.
I loved you enough to be silent and let teammates workout the differences between themselves and discover how much we really needed each other.
I loved you enough to tell you what we needed from you to be successful and to be disappointed when you did not deliver.
I loved you enough to pick you up and emotionally carry you when the times were toughest and bring you back to reality when you though that you were a little better than what you were.
I loved you enough to let you see anger, disappointment, and tears in my eyes. Players must learn that coaches are human and not perfect.
But, most of all, I loved you enough to do what needed to be done to build your character and the character of your teammates even though I knew you would curse me for it. Those were the most difficult battles of all. I am glad we won them, because in the end those are the most cherished victories.
Posted by Shane Dreiling at 4:44 PM