The NCHS team that broke the all-time record for most consecutive girl's teamstate championships. Proud dad moment: My daughter Elizabeth is holding the team award.
Become The First-Ever To Break A Barrier
Just because something has never been done before does not mean you can’t be the one who breaks the barrier. Get it in your mind that you can be the one who breaks a formidable obstacle in your life. You, as well as others, will benefit from your hard work and determination.
I’ve been fortunate and blessed to coach many barrier-breaking athletes and teams. To watch teams become the first to break a barrier is something I will always cherish. To see the look in people's eyes when they break through a barrier is awe-inspiring.
Over the years, our teams have talked very intentionally about being the first-ever barrier breakers.
Being first for “first sake” is not the reason to break a barrier. It’s not just about you. Breaking a barrier opens the door for others to follow. Once you break a barrier, especially a personal barrier, it inspires others to do the same. You help and serve others when you do your best to become a barrier breaker.
I coached a team that broke the all-time state record for the most consecutive girl's state championships. When the team won their six straight state championship, they broke the state record for most consecutive state championships in any division. The team went onto win nine straight girls' state cross-country championships and an all-time state record across all state divisions.
What is interesting about this streak is that the first head coach Bill Kehoe, coached four straight championships. When I became head coach, I coached five additional state championships in a row.
A tradition of excellence started when the first state championship occurred. Kids believed they could win state championships in successive years because of the first state championship barrier-breaking performance.
Setting a tradition of excellence inspires others to break through their obstacles in life. Intentionally raising standards and setting a bar high helps people do things they never thought were possible.
Another example came from another team I currently coach. In their second year with a team, the JPII girls cross-country team was blessed to win the state cross-country championship.
No cross-country team in recent state history had won a state team championship in just their second year with a team. The team also won the first-ever state athletic championship in the school's ten-year history. This amazing girl's team opened the door for other future barrier-breaking performances.
Breaking a barrier shows others what’s possible in life. We all need inspiration from time to time. So be a barrier breaker for yourself and, more importantly, for others. You may just change a life for the better, forever.
If you are interested, you can read the JPII girls team story below.
The JPII girls' team that won the state championship in just their second year with a full team.