Greetings from BCAM.
I am excited to share a quick story as a reminder of the powerful impact coaches have on young people. My family doctor recently retired, so at my annual physical, I was introduced to a new, young physician. Right away we get to talking, and when he heard that I was a coach, he thoughtfully said "You know, I played for an unbelievable high school coach. He was tough and smart, and I learned so much from him. In fact, much of my success, I owe to the lessons I learned from him." He continued on with complete honesty and awareness of his abilities, “I wasn't the best player on the team, but Coach treated me like I was. He worked us all hard, but he cared about us, and I often think about what a positive impact he had on my life." I knew his coach made a profound impact on him when he said, “I used to say to myself, if I can survive Coach's conditioning, I can make it through medical school."
I asked who his coach was, and the young doctor replied, “Coach Ernie Righetti, from Bloomfield Hills Roeper.” Incidentally, Coach Righetti was recently inducted to the BCAM Hall of Fame. Well done Coach!
Keep up the great work that you do as a basketball coach and as a mentor to all of your players. Remember they're listening!