Around the state: Jake Hannon

A few months ago, Matthew, a former Division 3 football player, applied for a staff position. I began to meet with him on a regular basis to get to know his heart. After awhile, I could tell that Matthew wasn’t there yet in having a personal relationship with Christ, and not ready to join us in FCA’s mission.  Then, one …

Coaches Highlight: James Marsh

I recently retired after 35 years of coaching.  My coaching career began when I was 18 years old and a youth coach at the YMCA in Gloversville NY. Until I retired, I was always happiest in my life when I was involved with sports and sharing that passion with kids. Being able to share life lessons which transcend the classroom, …

Coaches Highlight: Matt Brazill

Matt Brazill, Former Liverpool Girls Basketball Varsity. Currently ESM Youth Sports Instructional Basketball Director.   I have been coaching for over 14 years, starting out as a volunteer assistant for ESM Boys Varsity where I played during high school. I worked my way up coaching modified girls’ and boys’ basketball in New York and Arizona, and after a year of …

Coaches Highlight: Veronica Tearney

Veronica Tearney, Director of Strength & Conditioning (Nutrition and Spirit Program) at Syracuse University I first began coaching in 2000 as a graduate assistant coach in the strength & conditioning department for track and field at Syracuse University. Over the last 20 years I’ve had experience working with a variety of sports, including swimming, lacrosse, tennis, soccer, and ice hockey.  …

Coaches Highlight: Doug Porterfield

My desire to be involved with the development of young people is what has driven me to coach for the past 30 years. I have coached for 25 years at the high school level, and am in my 5th season at Roberts Wesleyan College. The most rewarding thing for me as a coach is watching the student-athletes I have had …

Coaches Highlight: John Berardicurti

My journey with FCA began when I started attending the FCA overnight camps.  I was amazed at God’s influence on athletes and coaches. The FCA leaders at the camps demonstrated, and allowed me to see for myself, the impact coaches can have on athletes through their prayers and actions. Later, I attended FCA group discussions, about the FCA Coaching Pyramid, …

Coaches Highlight: Bjorn Webb

Sports & Fitness Ministry Director at Watermark Wesleyan Church. Hamburg Boys Modified Soccer Coach The coaches I have had during my years playing soccer have had a great impact on my spiritual life and athletic career. Now, I want to be able to share some of that with younger athletes.  As a coach, the most rewarding thing for me is …

Coaches Highlight: Taylor Rivera

As a volleyball player during my high school and college years, I learned many valuable life lessons that have made me the person I am today.  In college I was a member of FCA and it helped me build stronger, more reliable relationships with trustworthy adults that guided my path. And now as a coach at Pittsford Sutherland, I want …

Coaches Highlight: Griff Graves

The Bible says in Hebrews, “Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us.”   Running with endurance. I know a little something about that.  As a student athlete, FCA gave …

Coaches Highlight: Sarah McClellan

Relationship is the heart of coaching.  Having coached Women’s Soccer at Roberts Wesleyan College for 18 years, and premier youth soccer, I have learned the impact relationships can have on the growth and development of players as people, leaders, and athletes.  It was through the relationship I developed with Adrienne Cali, the FCA Field Ambassador in our area, that I …