A Message from Coach Richmond
A MESSAGE FROM COACH MIKE RICHMOND:
On behalf of our entire Arapahoe Swimming and Diving coaching staff, we are and have been disappointed and obviously disconnected from our team, our coaching staff, as well as a season-long journey we were all looking forward to traveling together.
On a personal note, I am especially saddened for our senior boys. Please note, the 2020 Captains and ALL OF THE SENIOR BOYS are a top-tier collective group of gentlemen who have exhibited admirable leadership, a team first mindset, and personal character beyond compare.
Second, I am sure many of our boys are disappointed in the current situation, as well as the foreseeable future. I have attached an article from “Psychology Today” with advice in dealing with disappointment.
Third, I propose the boys share their thoughts about their situation:
a. mentally b. physically c. emotionally. Perhaps sharing perspectives with their teammates might provide some relief as well as somewhat therapeutic.
Fourth, I suggest the boys share a book they are currently reading or one that has had a positive impact. Hopefully, the boys are reading and broadening their horizons intellectually. I am currently reading the following five books:
1. Dan Milliman’s “Way of the Peaceful Warrior – A Book that Changes Lives”
2. James Kerr’s “Legacy” – What the All Blacks Can Teach Us About the Business of Life
3. “1776” by David McCullough
4. “Think Like a Freak” from the authors of Freakonomics’ Offer to Retrain Your Brain.
5. “The Story of Philosophy” by Brian Magee
May I suggest that the athletes journal ten things they are grateful for, and send them to me if you would feel comfortable sharing.
Perhaps we should have a group meeting this week. We would need to identify a day and time after the school day perhaps via Zoom.
I would like to set up individual meetings over the next two weeks 10-15 minutes simply talking to each team member about their swimming while checking in on a personal level. (How are they doing?)
I have plans to begin calling the senior boys this week and work through the list alphabetically.
Coach Mike Richmond