Tonight I step onto the court for my 6th season coaching Frankfurt Warriors Basketball. I’ve selected 10 players (20 feet) to run up and down the court and travel across Europe this season. Why did I sign up to ride buses and trains with this group?
Coaching has allowed me to be in a relationship with parents, students and coaches I wouldn’t have otherwise gotten to know. It is an incredible experience. I have gotten a chance to be a part of the joy, exhaustion, frustration, and the drama that comes with a basketball season and life with teenagers. I think about my own experience in sports and those that have impacted me throughout my life and I’m so thankful.
I was fortunate enough to attend a university with an incredibly impactful and successful football program. I didn’t play football but simply being around Frosty and Scott Westering’s Lutes contributed greatly to who I am. When you watch the entire football team help freshman move into their dorms, you think, “I want to serve like that.” When you see a football team make an inexplicable comeback or win an improbable David vs. Goliath matchup, you think, “I want to believe and finish like that.” When you see the respectful way the players treat you, each other, and their opponents you think, “I want to love like that.” When you carry Frosty’s drum set to his car and he uses those few minutes to make you better, you think, “I want to speak into lives like that.”
Westering coached football players have greatly impacted my leadership and philosophy, and I count myself grateful for being fortunate enough to “be around.”
On day one of each season the Warriors basketball team starts to learn about what it means to be “More than Champions” heavily influenced by Westering coaching philosophy. Each season I see young men mature and fight for each other and those around them and finish the season stronger.
I’m heartbroken to see my University move away from what, for many of us was one of our the most impactful pieces of our time at PLU. Heartbroken that future Lutes won’t have that experience.
I can’t say thank you enough for all of the interactions I’ve gotten to have with the Westering family. The Westering coaching legacy continues to reverberate around the world including on a basketball court tonight in Germany.
Go Lutes and go Warriors!