I was in the right place at the right time, and we began to win immediately. We won 19 games in my first two years, and the players helped me earn the MWC Coach of the Year Award in the process. God had granted me more success than I could have ever asked for or deserved.
But God's tests don't stop just in your early years, and over the last three seasons our program has averaged five wins a season. That's not what I had envisioned when I was accepting the 2013 Poinsettia Bowl trophy or the 2014 New Mexico Bowl trophy.
It is then that you realize just how glorious God's plan can be. My journey of perseverance was coming full circle.
When I was benched as the quarterback here at Utah State, I almost transferred before deciding to stay. After all, I was a captain of the team and that meant something important to me. Plus, there was the concept of finishing something you started, and in 1997 I walked out of Logan with my degree in hand.
With that memory in the back of my mind, I am determined to face adversity head on and help turn the program around. I'm set on mentoring these young men to become mature adults, and helping them graduate from college. My family and I are trying to impact their lives and academic careers, and if I can win football games along the way, that is just an added blessing.
Ultimately, however, I know my coaching career will be judged by wins and losses. It's the nature of the industry. Fortunately God's priorities are completely different. So were my dad’s.
If it wasn’t for his faith and guidance, I don’t know how I would have turned out. Now that I have kids of my own, I’m just hoping to leave the same impact on them that my dad had on me.
This offseason, my dad passed away. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever gone through, but he was a strong believer in Christ, and I believe he is now in Heaven and I will see him again.
As I continue to walk this journey of life, I am striving to continue to grow in my own personal relationship with God as well as be a light of God’s love to others!