Track coach, Marcus Evans, has been in the track world for a while and at Lipscomb for five years now. Why does he do it? In his own words,
“this is why I coach…”
Growing up I was always around sports. My Father worked at an imprisonment alternative for juveniles called the Arizona Boys Ranch, where he coached basketball. During this time I got to watch my dad engage with young people whom many in society had written off as thugs and criminals. Watching my father give his athletes all he had and the impact athletics had on each athlete’s life always stuck with me. When I grew older I got to sit with my father as be broke down video for Chandler High School. The analytical side of coaching was something that was fun and something I felt I had a niche for. During college I knew I wanted to coach and felt it would be a great way to continue a family legacy of building leaders like my father had done. Now when I call to talk to my father on the phone he greets me with “Hey Coach Evans”, which for me is a source of pride. Him calling me coach shows me he respects and understands my profession and is happy I find joy in a profession he finds joy in as well.
The reason I coach is also derived from two verses I try to live by.
“Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith”
“For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in everyday, as it holds promise for present life and also for the life to come.”
1 Timothy 4:8
I have been fortunate enough to have to some amazing coaches over my years in athletics. Many of these coaches were great men of faith, fathers, and husbands. They say the best form of flattery is imitation, I am simply working toward being the best man of faith, husband, and future father I can be taking cues from the men who led me. Imitating the coaches I have had helps me to be the best example I can be for my athletes. For me coaching is not as much about how fast or far I can get my student-athletes to improve, but brining up productive citizens, great husbands and wives, and followers of christ. My student-athletes will most likely only train for about four years, but I carry a bigger responsibility of preparing them for the years after athletics.
Coach Marcus Evans is an outstanding coach and an even better man. His athletes have all benefited in countless ways from his wisdom, heart, and infectious attitude. We are proud to call him a part of our team.
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Written by Alex Newby, Lipscomb Athletics Spiritual Formation
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