This weeks tip is from Carroll College head football coach, Mike VanDiest. In 18 seasons VanDiest has won 6 NAIA Championships and 14 conference titles.

Play multiple sports when growing up. Don’t focus on just one sport all year round. This way you can develop more friendships, more skill sets, and play under different coaches.

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Many of VanDiest’s football players competed in multiple sports in high school, and many participate in track & field while at Carroll. VanDiest, who is a legend in the state of Montana, has an amazing track record that speaks for itself. But for those outside the Treasure state, consider this; Urban Meyer, head coach at Ohio State, has said the same thing. Many of his star Buckeyes played multiple sports in high school. And by the way, Meyer and VanDiest have the two highest winning percentages among active college football coaches at 85% and 84% respectively.

This weekend is a bit of a milestone for Coach VanDiest. On Saturday he faces Rocky Mountain College whose new head coach, Jason Petrino, played for VanDiest at Carroll back in 1999. This will be the first time VanDiest has faced a team whose head coach is one of his former players. I am fortunate enough to be calling the game on local TV.

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord and not for men.” Colossians 3:23

UPDATE: The Carroll @ Rocky Mountain football game on the 10th was fantastic.  Rocky came from behind to win 21-20.  The difference?  You have to go back to the first touchdown of the game.  Carroll scored and then the extra point was blocked.  My color analyst on the game, 9 time Montana Sports broadcaster of the year Rocky Erickson, said “that could come back to haunt them.”  It’s the kind of thing we broadcaster reflexively say.  Well, Rocky was right.  It did come back to haunt Carroll as Rocky scored 14 unanswered points in the second half and upset Carroll on their brand new field.  Lesson to learn: ALL the little things matter!

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