Tim O'Keefe Blog

Coaching for a Real “Win Forever”

Coaching for a Real “Win Forever”

I love  seeing coaches write about the long term effects of what coaching does to kids. I cringe when a coach tells me that his purpose is to make a kid ready for the next level. Because I know that is not right. Because I know the next level to most coaches is high school, or...


Intelligence and Wisdom

There is a saying that the  schools are too full of educated idiots.  My bias bell rings true on that one.  And I think any wise man is willing to consider one’s own bias. The smart man learns from his mistakes, the wise man learns from the mistakes of others. Indeed it seems wisdom requires a...

Randy Pausch

Randy Pausch on Brick Walls

If you have not seen the Final Lecture then here it is for you: Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch (Oct. 23, 1960 – July 25, 2008) gave his last lecture at the university Sept. 18, 2007, before a packed McConomy Auditorium. In his moving presentation, “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” Pausch talked about his lessons learned...

Running a Youth Football Program

Running a Youth Football Program

So a Facebook friend asked for some advice and I gave him most likely more than he bargained for. Marc Theilerposted to?Tim O’Keefe Yesterday You coach youth football, right? Looks like I am going to be my little guy’s Pop Warner coach. Hell, I don’t even know the difference between the age groups – I believe...

Building References to Build Better Men

Building References to Build Better Men

Football Coaches can assist our boys in building their legs to their self belief (references) that assist in confirming their ability to achieve. Building Confidence to achieve on the field and generalizing those beliefs thru the rest of their growth into a responsible and self actualized man.

College World Series

Sunday Sermon: To Quit or Persevere

Grant Palmer was on his way to achieving all the awards a high school athlete can acquire.A million dollar smile and a good well liked kid. He would dominate the gridiron at El Segundo High School his senior year. He was having a senior year just as it would be scripted in a Hollywood movie. And...

The Sunday Sermon

This morning I think about all the people who have been my teammates. Those that I played with. The ones that coached me. Rich who when I was ready to walk away from my college scholarship, talked me into staying. The multitude of other mates. Joe who told me to lose weight or I would die...