Brian McMahon Contributes Devotional for NCCAA Game Plan 4 Life

GREENVILLE, S.C.- Each month the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) member schools and coaches produce devotionals that are shared throughout the membership. The October devotional comes from Palm Beach Atlantic University head men’s soccer coach, Brian McMahon.

See below as Coach McMahon shares how he personally shaped his philosophy of coaching.

2014-2015 NCCAA Theme:

October Devotional

The Philosophy of Coaching

By: Brian "Mac" McMahon, Men's Soccer Coach at Palm Beach Atlantic University

"Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us."
Titus 2:6-8

In the spring of 2008 I had the opportunity to travel to England and see first-hand for eight days what life was like behind the scenes of a premier league soccer team. A good friend of mine, who I had worked summer camps with for years, was a goalkeeper coach for the club. Upon arrival to the club, the first day I had the opportunity to attend a coaches meeting which was very insightful to the way in which the coaches were trying to develop the mentality of the players on the field.

Following that coaches meeting in debriefing with my friend, he told me that the most important thing a manager (head coach) can do is to develop a philosophy of coaching within the club structure. The personal philosophy of that club was to always remember that, “players will forget what you did, forget what you said, but will never forget how you make them feel.” That is something that I will forever remember relative to building my own philosophy. lists the following two synonyms of excellence: distinction and virtue. A strong philosophy of coaching will exhibit excellence and, therefore, lead to distinction as a coach. This distinction will follow the career of the coach. As Christians, we are called to live lives of virtue. This is demonstrated by each reaction made by a coach, regardless of the outcome.

Today’s verse is a great starting point to developing your own philosophy of coaching. My personal favorite word in the two verses is the last one which is “us” which I interpret as team. For me Titus 2 is a great lesson to always remember how Christ has set an example for us in leading others. The greatest team ever assembled was Jesus and his own disciples and even among that team there was tension and doubt. As a coach the most important thing we can do is to lead by example and from there others will remember how we made them feel, and hopefully through prayer and petition, we have planted the greatest seed of all...the love of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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