Remembering Fat Harvey

So from the title of the post some of you may be thinking that I have finally lost it, that I have fallen off my rocker and others may not even care, but for some this is a look into my past.  I have always been a fan of remembering the past to help you influence the future and that is where I am at in my life right now. 

Fat Harvey was an alter-ego that I created during my coaching tenure at LA Baptist High School some 11 years ago.  The “Fat” in “Fat Harvey” stood for “Fast and Tormented”.  I was just entering my third year as a cross country coach and in 1996 I was taking over the Girls Cross Country program and needed a way for me to convey key points for the girls to grasp that would motivate and inspire them to realize the gravity of the goals they were setting so. . .Fat Harvey was born.  Actually, the real story of “Fat Harvey's” birth is a rather funny one.  We were at our annual running camp and we were making paper airplanes because we were a little bored and we threw this paper airplane and it soared far and fast, and someone named the plane “Harvey” and someone else said that it was rather “Fast and Tormented” so we shortened and named the plane – “Fat Harvey”.  Little did the girls know that, that little phrase would give birth to a philosophy that would last for five years.

I look back on my tenure of coaching as one the greatest moments in life.  I got a chance to use my strengths, my gifts, my talents, and a lot of imagination to help guide and direct the lives of over 60 students.  With any sports program you enjoy success mixed with some challenges and often failure, but its what you learn from your successes and challenges that shape you into the team you were destined to be. 

Early on in my career, I was so focused on the win-loss column that I lost sight of the real goal which is the development of people.  Without people, you have no team and that is the fundamental principle of any team.  During those first couple of years I made a lot of mistakes and I mean a lot, but somewhere along the way I started noticing what motivated one girl didn't work on another and then it hit me, each girl is different.  It sounds like a no-brainer of a concept, but the truth is sometimes when you are in the middle of the situation you just can't see the simple things.

Over the next few days and weeks I will dive into the coaching realm and pull out some of my own experiences and show you that with a little bit of imagination, inspiration, and guidance the ordinary can become extraordinary.

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