We continue today with our series called CORONAVIRUS VOICES, giving area coaches, players and others a platform to share their stories, thoughts and advice during the pandemic.
Today, we welcome Coach Grant Moser of South Adams.
We are living through a part of history that will be talked about forever.
These are unprecedented times and no expert seems to have any clue when things will get back to normal. As a football coach, I selfishly hope that it is by August. However, football is so minuscule in the grand scheme of things.
I have dedicated my life to teaching and coaching. I like to say that I teach football and coach people, as does the rest of my coaching staff. We are in this profession to build the character of young men through successes, trials and adversity. We challenge our young men to constantly think about the legacy they want to leave as a Starfire football player, son, and possibly a future husband and father.
As a Christian, I believe that I will meet Jesus one day. On that day, he isn’t going to be excited about the wins the South Adams football team had. We have a (Clemson coach) Dabo Sweeney quote hanging on the door in our coaches office to remind us of what’s important before we walk out to practice every day. It says “I will be accountable to God for what I did with all these kids. What did I do to build His kingdom?”
I remember vividly when I got the head job at SA, I was told “a football coach is the one who finds out that a player got his girlfriend pregnant before the players’ parents.” I thought this was pretty dramatic at the time. Of course, in my second year of coaching, I got a call late one night from a player that had just found out that he was going to become a father and he was terrified and wanted to know how to tell his parents. We met a few times as he prepared for fatherhood at the age of 17.
My father passed away when I was in third grade. I yearned for a male role model and mentor. Little did I know that God was preparing me to lead young men and giving me a way to relate to them. My third year coaching, only two of our ten seniors lived with their biological fathers. I knew I was in the right position.
Bottom line: This is a perfect time to refocus on the reason of why we do what we do. It is easy to get focused as a coach on the wins/losses but with there being a threat of not having a season, it has quickly forced me to refocus on why the Lord has put me in this leadership role.
During this time of the Covid-19 outbreak, I have been intentional about being joyful instead of upset that I am stuck at home. I am joyful that I get the incredible opportunity to spend an enormous amount of time with my beautiful daughters Harper (4) and Olivia (10 months) when I normally wouldn’t. What an absolute blessing that I get to do this. Things will eventually get back to normal but I am making sure that I will be able to look back at this time and be confident that I used it to invest in my wife and daughters while getting to spend so much time with them. This is why I am thankful for this terrible situation that we are in. I encourage you to find your joy.
James 1: 2-4 – Consider it pure joy my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind. Because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.
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