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Encouragement in Athletics Blog


I can still be thankful

December 08, 2017
By Ronnie Plyler

A few weeks ago, I attended the NCISAA (North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association) Athletic Director’s State meeting. I’m thankful I get to participate in these meetings as they provide time for collaboration but also reflective thinking. Upon writing the “notes” below, I thought about how thankful I am to be a part of this great community at Metrolina Christian Academy. I’m thankful for the people God brings to lead our student athletes. I’m thankful for the families that trust us. I’m thankful for thoughts that challenge us to “get better”!

  • Make the big-time where you are.” Your program is waiting on you to make it “big-time”. What will it take for you to make it “big time”?
  • Coaches should be “mission-minded”. Have you considered writing a mission statement for coaching?
  • Coaches should value the partnership with parents…they are our customers. - Without parents, we don’t have students.
  • Great coaches are always growing, reading, learning. What are you reading? Have you taken a course lately or attended a workshop that focuses on improving you as a coach?
  • “You can learn and lead or stay and be stupid.” Are you stuck in what you’ve done or are you looking to move to in another direction to make improvements?
  • Are you waiting for others or are you making it happen?
  • There are numerous ways to utilize technology as a coach…. use them. Is there an “app” or some other technological device that you could use to improve you or your student athletes?


1st Thessalonians 5:18-in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Continue to intentionally be thankful as we build unity in athletics.