What’s In a Title?

(Old Post from 2007)

Some of you may be wondering where in the world the title “I Think You Can” was birthed. Well, I was looking through an old photo album that my 1999 Girls Cross Country team had given me, and I ran across catalyst for the title. In 1999, I returned to coaching after a one year hiatus to work on some schooling at Biola University and my goal was to see the girls win the league title.

During my absence they had lost to Paraclete by one point, and I wanted to give the girls squad a BHAG (big, hairy, audacious, goal). In addition to the goal of winning league, I wanted them to think about the dream goal of going to the CIF Southern Section Finals. LA Baptist had recently gained more attendance and that forced them to jump up a Division, making it much more difficult to gain entrance into this highly contested field of schools, so this was in fact a dream goal. In addition, the girls program was undergoing somewhat of rebuilding time.

As with any program, it is the role of the coach to help guide and direct and motivate a team to think bigger and more daring goals. Most of our goal setting sessions took place in Mrs. Saunders math classroom which faced the administrative building through tinted glass. As we approached the season, it became evident that the girls did not like losing their league title and wanted to change that quickly. One of my athlete's (Hillary) gave me a little cutout of paper with a train on it that read “I Think I Can” based off of the book “The Little Engine That Could”. This little piece of paper formed the basis for the title of this book.

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