In this week’s “Inside Athletics” podcast, Dave and James are back at it as a duo, getting ready for the 2013-14 year. They talk some of what’s gone on over the summer, but mostly dig into what the fall seasons are bringing, including all of the exciting changes for the soccer and field hockey programs.
Inside Athletics is a weekly podcast hosted by Director of Athletics, Dave King. The podcast offers a synopsis of what is happening in EMU athletics, but also delves deeper into how athletics at EMU shapes lives and enhances college educations by positively impacting an athlete’s understanding of self, others, and God. Sports Information Director James De Boer is a regular guest with EMU coaches and athletes making appearances as well
Dave uses this podcast to report and reflect on the retreats and conferences that staff have been involved in during this week before student athletes return. The Student Life division retreat focused on change, how it impacts people and organizations and how to respond to transitions. As with a Rubik’s Cube, where the center square stays in place while the others are moved around it, so it is important for teams to stay focused on one thing while other things change. Another reality of change is that when you make one change, it normally triggers many other changes. That also is seen in athletic teams and the amount of change that occurs between one year and the next just based on personnel. The theme for the Faculty/Staff Conference was “Serving with Compassion” a phrase taken from the university mission statement. Leonard Dow, pastor or Oxford Circle Mennonite church and a member of the EMU Athletic Hall of Honor challenged us to take care of our souls so we can show compassion to others. Dave uses some of Leonard’s stories and insights and applies them to the athletic experiences.
During the 2013 Faculty/Staff Fall Conference, several EMU Faculty and Staff share stories about what it has meant for them to serve with Compassion:
Ken J. Nafziger leads the gathered community in a sending time of worship.
Pastor Leonard Dow continues to engage themes of compassion in this year’s annual Faculty/Staff Conferenc. The theme comes from the phrase “serve with compassion” from the Eastern Mennonite University mission statement. Dow is pastor at Oxford Circle Mennonite Church in Philadelphia, PA. He graduated from EMU in 1987.
In this opening session of the annual Fall Faculty/Staff Conference, we welcomed Pastor Leonard Dow to engage themes of compassion. The theme comes from the phrase “serve with compassion” from the Eastern Mennonite University mission statement. Dow is pastor at Oxford Circle Mennonite Church in Philadelphia, PA. He graduated from EMU in 1987.
Faculty and Staff gather to begin the new year together with the annual Faculty/Staff Fall Conference. Provost Fred Kniss and emcee/Director of Athletics Dave King offer words of welcome and orientation to the theme “Serving with Compassion.” Ken J. Nafziger leads the opening time of worship together.
This week Dave’s guest is head baseball coach, Ben Spotts who provides detailed information about the renovation work to be done on the baseball infield. The current infield will be stripped, re-graded and sodded with Bermuda grass. Ben describes the advantages of Bermuda grass, how it plays, and the maintenance. In the second part of the podcast, Dave reflects on the current stories from sports that are flooding the airwaves, PED scandal in baseball and Johnny Manziel in college football. Dave and Ben share their perspectives on the use of performance enhancing drugs, steroids, etc at the DIII level.
After a two month hiatus, the podcast Inside Sports returns with Dave talking about the changes that have occurred during the summer months and what to expect coming into the new school year. Physical changes include bleachers at the turf field and a new infield for baseball. He describes the graduate assistantship program that begins this fall with grad assistants serving as assistant coaches and helping with game management operations. Additional staff changes at the front desk, in advertising, and men’s volleyball are also highlighted. Dave includes a brief bio of Dominick(Dom) Porter who was just recently hired as the head coach for the men’s volleyball team. As excitement builds for the new year, this podcast helps to give things a jump start.
This week, Dave’s guest is Justin King, a 2012 EMU graduate and a four year member of the baseball team. This past year, Justin was the JV baseball coach at Turner Ashby High School in Bridgewater and recently was offered a teaching job in the Rockingham County School system and is being contacted about other coaching opportunities. While Justin’s baseball experience at EMU wasn’t what he had hoped for or maybe expected, he used every experience and opportunity to prepare him for life after college. And as he reflects on the growth he experienced, he realizes how important it was for shaping his life. Justin also reflects on his first year of coaching at the high school level and is able to articulate how his EMU baseball experiences prepared him for coaching.