Rylan Galiardi - January Coach of the Month
Southern Tier Express (NA3HL)
Chosen Attribute (Teamwork, Excellence, Serving, and Integrity): Integrity
Why is this attribute important to you?
Integrity is one of the most important things that I stress with my players. In the sports world, integrity is a vital part of being a good teammate, a coachable player and a leader. More importantly, integrity is a pillar in the life of a Godly man.
What is your favorite scripture verse? Why is this important to you?
Proverbs 3:5-6 - Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will make your paths straight.
I have been blessed with the gift of Faith. I have found that when I put my faith in God it gives me peace in every situation I am in. Knowing that God is in control and that there is a reason for everything gives me inner confidence. I love this verse because to me it says if we put our trust in God than he will keep us on the right paths.
Who is your favorite coach outside of hockey? Why?
In a college, one of my teachers had us do a study on John Wooden and it was absolutely fascinating. Since that time John Wooden is a coach that I have studied and admire a ton. He was extremely intelligent with his preparation to practices and the way he approached each one of his players. One of the aspects of John Wooden I try to emulate is his use of positive affirmations.
What is your dream coaching job (if different than your current position)?
I really love the level I am at (junior hockey) because I feel this time in a kid’s life (17-20 years old) can be so impactful in their future. I tell my guys that this is the boy to man stage and what an honor to be in the position I am in with each one of my guys. In saying that, I would one day like to coach at the collegiate level. It would be fun to have the opportunity to work with each player for four years.
Share a recent coaching highlight that you have had.
Early in the season we had our first team Huddle/Bible Study. Every player on our team went! To see all my guys so willing to attend showed me that God had definitely put me in the right place. Around that same time, I gave each player an FCA Hockey New Testament. Upon doing that, I discovered that it was the first time one of my guys had ever been given a Bible. I think it was God’s way of telling me from the get go that he is putting me in position to influence my players not just for hockey but in a Godly way as well.
Tell us a little bit about your coaching philosophy. Why do you coach? Who is a coach who had a big impact on you? What ways are you able to make an impact for Jesus at the ice rink?
I have a responsibility to invest in the individual by loving, caring, and serving them with enthusiasm, in helping prepare them to become better men of character and integrity.
I coach because God has called me to. It is obvious to me that the experiences I went through as a player were to help prepare me for coaching. My faith is integral to my coaching because it reminds me that I have a responsibility to impact my players for Christ. I believe in the research and development model when it comes to coaching. I try to take little pieces from coaches I have had along the way and develop it with my own coaching style. The best way I can make an impact for Jesus at the rink is by being the example my players need. I can’t ask my players to walk with integrity if I don’t do so myself. The more they see Jesus in me the greater influence I can be.
Posted on Wed, February 4, 2015
by Rick Randazzo