The payback will be measured in the hundreds
of thousands of young student athletes who,
because of their participation in high school
athletics, will experience daily victories discovering within themselves the ability to overcome
adversity, to develop leadership skills, to develop
winning attitudes, to be hard workers, to be a
part of a team which requires sacrifice and service to others while developing into responsible
and productive citizens, leaders in business,
academics, government and the military.
At the 3rd Annual THSCA Summit held last
February at the Merrill Center in Katy, speakers
like five-time NFL Pro-Bowler and TCU All-American Tomlinson of Waco, newly named Texas
football coach Strong and A&M coach Sumlin
were among the topical speakers who daily interact with youth and are top- of-mind reference
points to a new generation. Longtime inspirational leaders such as former Dallas Cowboy
Chad Hennings, former Baylor quarterback
and Prestonwood Baptist pastor Neal Jeffrey
and former Oklahoma Sooner quarterback and
U. S. House of Representative J.C. Watts were
among the featured presentations and sharing
a message of support for single parent families.
The Summit also works to recognize and
encourage current work by coaches who have
established programs at their schools to provide resources and guidance to support single-parent families. Tatum’s Andy Evans and Glen
West of Brenham were awarded the Coaches
Beyond the Game Award. West, of course, is
highly respected and well-known across the
state for continuing the longstanding traditions
learned under legendary coach Gordon Wood
of Brownwood, where West was a player and
his father was an assistant coach.
The THSCEF procures funds from a broad
range of donors including friends, businesses,
corporations, foundations and trusts to help
offset the costs of professional education
programs that strengthen, reinforce and enhance professionalism in high school coaches
throughout the state of Texas.
The Leadership Summit exists to help
coaches use the platform that sports provides
to teach not only the sport, but life skills and
principles such as commitment, service, leadership, respect, responsibility and teamwork.
The experience is designed to show and provide
the tools necessary to enhance, encourage and
mentor young adults.
Every good coach talks about the mission
to teach about experiencing daily victories
and discovering the ability within themselves
to overcome adversity, to develop leadership
skills, to develop winning attitudes, to be hard
workers, to be a part of a team which requires
sacrifice and service to others while developing
into responsible and productive citizens.
The 2015 Summit will be in San Antonio the
weekend of Feb. 23.
BY DAVID MCNABB
Senior Writer, theoldcoach.com
WHETHER IT’S TIM TEBOW, LaDainian Tomlinson, Marsha Sharp, Kevin Sumlin or Charlie Strong, the Texas High School
Coaches Association (THSCA) Leadership Sum-
mit stays on message: Coach Beyond the Game.
“It’s a day that could potentially impact coaches, kids, schools and communities for years to
come,” THSCA assistant executive director Joe
Martin said. “It is a great day to listen experts
talking about social change and the impact that
coaches have daily to change the lives of kids.”
The Summit is a vision of Martin and THSCA
executive director D.W. Rutledge, each leaving
highly successful coaching careers to partner
to create game plans to enable proactive
leadership through inspiration and character
Rutledge and Dennis Parker laid the foundation with their 2005 book “Coaching to Change
Lives,” which still is a popular, relevant manual
to help put young people on a path toward
being successful and honorable people. The
book details why and how athletic programs
should address the development of core values
in the young people they serve by including a
step-by-step, proven curriculum for teaching
self-discipline, responsibility, accountability,
leadership, and loyalty.
Accountability has long been a theme among
coaches. The Summit aims to instill the concept
to a new generation of coaches and leaders.
“Coaches are in a unique position to help with
fatherless homes, which is one of society’s big-
gest problems,” Rutledge said. “We have been
focusing on those issues with information and
inspiration to give coaches. It has been well-
received and as coaches get used to having
the Summit each year, we expect attendance to
When Tebow spoke before thousands at the
Leadership Summit at American Airlines in
Dallas two years ago, it was his message that
had an impact – not the social and media dis-
tractions which can cloud Tebow’s consistent
theme of having a purposeful life.
Interviewed on stage by AFCA executive
director and former Baylor coach Grant Teaff,
Tebow emphasized the effect his high school
coach Craig Howard and Florida college coach
Urban Meyer had on his development. Tebow
addressed disappointments, perseverance,
successes and controversies, but faith was a
constant through every experience.
The Leadership Summit has a Who’s Who of
speakers from a broad range of backgrounds.
There may be a connection through athletics,
Beyond the Game
but the fabrics tying the messages together are
strong, deep, distinct, diverse and impactful.
This signature event was developed with a
passion to help coaches to Coach Beyond the
Game into the lives of student-athlete. This
message of leadership and character is one that
carries over into all walks of life. The experience
of The Leadership Summit will equip you with the
tools necessary to enhance and encourage the
lives of those you mentor, especially those who
come from fatherless or absent father homes.
The Summit was initiated as part of the
THSCA’s Professional Development Certifica-
tion Program for continued education that is
designed to help coaches at all competitive
and organizational levels, with an emphasis on
coaches of secondary schools who are actively
engaged in or directly associated with coaching
sports in Texas.
Texas High School Coaches Association