April 2014 - Curtis Brown
Curtis Brown - April Coach of the Month
Unity Saskatchewan Canada
San Jose Jr. Sharks 11U AAA
San Jose Jr. Sharks 2004 Squirts
Chosen Attribute (Teamwork, Excellence, Serving, and Integrity): Teamwork
Why is this attribute important to you?
The attribute of “teamwork” in the hockey setting puts the emphasis on others and how you can positively or negatively impact those around you based on your actions.
What is your favorite scripture verse? Why is this important to you?
That’s a tough one, depends on the day! A staple through my playing days was Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint. I don’t go through many days in which I can’t use the help of God! This verse reminds me where to go for the strength regardless of the need.
Who is your favorite coach outside of hockey? Why?
That’s a tough question because there are a few but I will say Tony Dungy. Here was a guy who stepped away from coaching at the height of his career to spend more time with his family. He knew what was the right thing for him to do , and did it! What an example for all of us.
What is your dream coaching job (if different than your current position)? NONE
Share a recent coaching highlight that you have had.
My favorite thing about coaching is to see life lessons being learned through the game of hockey. For example: A young player came up to me so excited to show me how he could shoot the puck and raise it off the ice. He explained from the perspective of a seven year old that he could do this because he worked at it. I agree, hard work is a good attribute to have as it brings many benefits.
Tell us a little bit about your coaching philosophy. Why do you coach?
My coaching philosophy is to have the right amount of work/fun incorporated in each practice no matter the age or skill level. I coach with the intention of helping players to develop both on and off the ice. It is just as important to me that players learn and grow in the areas of character, integrity and work ethic as it is that they learn to be better hockey players.
My faith plays into my coaching in many ways. One example would be that I don’t use curse words or belittle players. James 3 talks about taming the tongue and this is something I feel is clearly taught and expected of Christ followers both on and off the ice. Our words have the power of life and death!
The greatest way we can make an impact for Jesus whether in life or at the rink is to think of others and how our actions will affect those around us. Everything we do or say has an impact, positive or negative, the choice is ours. Jesus spoke in Matthew 22, “Love your neighbor as yourself”, what a better place this world would be if we Christians did a better job of following this command
Posted on Wed, May 7, 2014
by Rick Randazzo