Today marksthe second anniversary of this blog. Two years ago when I started thisjourney I had no idea where this was going to go. I was at the lowpoint of my professional life. I was looking for something that wouldget me back on track and would help to reignite my passion for teachingand coaching. I know that I had to define and in many ways redefinemyself and my personal mission. I could let my very toxic experienceswith the NY Mets and the Nike Oregon project either defeat me or giveme a renewed sense of purpose and direction. Working on the blogbrought me back to a focus and a purpose of what I wanted to do movingforward with my life and my career. Just the process of selecting thename of the blog really helped to redefine what my mission had been andwhat it would be going forward. My mission had always been to build andrebuilt the complete athlete, but I realized to continue to that I hadto get back on the functional path. I also realized that the filed thatI worked had very little direction and definition so I set out on thisjourney to define the field of Athletic Development. We are makingprogress and the blog has contributed. Your frank and candid commentshave really helped to move this process forward. No one person can andshould define this field. It must be a collective effort. In the nextyears going forward with this blog and with other projects that will bemy sole focus. Literally everything I do will be dedicated to thatpurpose. I hope you will join me and contribute to raising the standardof professionalism, refine the body of knowledge and raise the level ofexpectation of all those involved.
Thisis not an ego trip, rather it is my passion and my life. The knowledgeand relationships that I have made through coaching are priceless. Iwant to be able to give back and share successes and failures. Thewhole field is at a crossroads now. We can get on board and chose todefine the field and coach and teach or we can whore out and becomeglorified personal trainers chasing the almighty dollar wherever itwill take us. Defining the field will create jobs and incomeopportunities that are professional and up lifting. I recognize thatall the idealism in the world will not put bread on the table, but tomake money we must never compromise our ideals or there will be verylittle satisfaction or substance to what we do
Iwant to thank all of you loyal readers. Tell other about the blog.Let’s start a revolution to define this field. In the next few weeks Iwill have some exciting announcement of what I will be doing goingforward and where I will be on my journey along the functional path, Ihope you will join me. Remember the pursuit of excellence has its ownrewards.