Sports and Friends…What Really Counts!

COACH’S CORNER BY TOM CURRY Winning is great and championships are always fun, but the friendships you take with you will remain, long after the last whistle blast is heard. I often think how lucky I have been in my life. I have a great family, a good job and some wonderful people I am lucky enough to call friends. When I thought about this the other day, I realized that I have met most […]


From the Coach’s Corner: Captains Aug 5, 2014 The team captain is the one who by their attitude and play is really saying, “get on my back…let’s get this done.” By Tom Curry Each year, many students and parents concern themselves with the child being named or voted “captain “of their particular team. I have had a number of parents over the years express concern over voting results, the formula used, who tallied the votes, […]

How to Practice

From the Coach’s Corner: How to Practice Jul 2, 2014 By Tom Curry When I was coaching basketball, students would tell me how hard they had practiced over the summer, and each day in the fall, in preparation of trying out for the team. Even the parents got in the act with one father telling me that his son practiced everyday in their driveway. “Why coach, there are some nights when he even beats me!,” […]

Lessons I Have Learned

From the Coach’s Corner: Lessons I Have Learned Jun 8, 2014 By Tom Curry In the past two years I have written about what sports can do for kids as they grow and mature. The process of helping kids through some difficult times and formative years is a challenge that we all know and have ideas about whether a parent, coach or administrator. This month, I would like to change gears and talk about what […]

Hall of Famers

Hall of Famers May 2, 2014 FROM THE COACH’S CORNER: TOM CURRY There wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd. Almost everyone in the room was standing and applauding the speech they had just heard. I was fighting back tears myself. How could someone not used to being in the spotlight keep everyone so respectful, so enamored and so drawn to this woman who had given so much of her life, her love and herself […]

Coaching in the “Big Time”!

Coaching in the “Big Time”! Apr 2, 2014 FROM THE COACH’S CORNER: TOM CURRY The true backbone of the coaching profession are the people who do it every day in the high schools, middle schools and youth sports programs that deal with children in their formative years. At a recent athletic directors’ meeting, the topic of attracting and keeping coaches at the high school level came up and was discussed for a long period of […]

Are Your Kids Doing Too Much?

Are Your Kids Doing Too Much? Mar 1, 2014 FROM THE COACH’S CORNER TOM CURRY Now, no one is a bigger advocate for kids to participate in sports than me! But kids need time to be kids! I must confess that I was struggling for something to write this month. I try very hard not to repeat ideas and thoughts that I may have had in past columns. That’s not always easy. There are only […]

Role Models and Heroes

Role Models and Heroes Feb 5, 2014 By Tom Curry As we start 2014, let’s all reevaluate our definitions of role models and heroes. It’s not always the person who scores the most points, has the flashy stats or is a big game star. It might just be that local pro athlete who puts his off season efforts into helping people. As kids, we all looked up to adults who we wanted to be just […]

The Culture of Team Sports

The Culture of Team Sports Dec 6, 2013 By Tom Curry Whether paid or volunteer, coaches must pay attention to what is going on before and after practices, on the internet or even with opponents. Ongoing discussions between coaches, parents and players must always include reminders of positive words, actions and possible consequences for inappropriate behavior. Recently, the Miami Dolphins and the NFL came under sharp criticism and the media microscope for incidents involving two […]