I’ve done all of those things, so when I talk to you about them, it won’t just be lip service. I can relate to each one of you. I know that I will have to show you. Words don’t mean anything without action to back it up.
I want to keep getting better as a coach. You want to keep getting better as a player. And all of us just want to be better men. That’s something we’ll keep working on for the rest of our lives. We’ll learn some of that together.
But there is one thing I have learned that I really want you to know as we begin this journey:
Nothing just happens.
I’m a small-town, country boy from Immokalee, Florida. We’re known for tomato pickin’ and rabbit chasin’ but there is also a lot of good ball down that way.
I know what it’s like to struggle to succeed.
I was raised by my grandma. My mom was living in Ft. Myers and my dad was incarcerated. When I went to live with Grandma in the third grade, I could barely read or write and I had a speech impediment. I was an introvert because I was embarrassed.