"I hope we do better this year."
"I hope that I start."
"I hope that we win the championship."
"I hope that I get recruited by college scouts."
Have you ever said any of those statements? Have you ever used the word 'hope' in describing something about your athletic team or your athletic career? Have you ever wished that something was different but did nothing about it?
Former NFL head coach and current ESPN broadcaster, Herm Edwards, once said that "Every goal needs to have a plan or else it's just a wish."
This year, do you believe that you will win, be better or start because you are finally a senior? Or will you accomplish your goals because you have a plan for how to achieve them?
Sunday, August 2, 2015
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Tuesday, May 26, 2015
|This editorial appeared in the Chronicle-Tribune on May 21, 2015|
We are both grateful and concerned about the effort to plan spending for the Marion High School athletic department. Last week Athletic Director Jamy Bechler came to the school board and said he has been working in the past year to clean up the spending of funds that fall outside of the overall school budget.
“I had a stack of bills numbering about $15,000 and we did not have the money to pay for that when I came in,” Bechler said. “What we did is we tried to stop the bleeding. We tried to stabilize the athletic department and we tried to modify some behaviors in terms of making sure we put into place an expenditure process.”
Other than paying for the transportation of sports teams, public schools don’t use tax money to fund athletics, Bechler said. The department relies on donations and event ticket sales to provide much of the money that goes for things like uniforms and paying officials to referee games.
“The data we have currently goes back to 2006 where we had a CD (certificate of deposit) of $95,000,” Bechler said. “That was essentially our savings. We had a checkbook for $31,000 in 2006. Eight years later when I took over, we had $30,000 in our savings and $6,300 in our checkbook. Over the course of eight years, we lost nearly $90,000. Essentially we are living beyond our means.”
Bechler was appointed director last spring. We are grateful he had the courage to do something to fix the problem while there was still time. He has shown leadership, even though those used to spending on a whim will now have to adhere to a budget. Bechler has instituted a spending process to increase accountability and the fund now projects a surplus balance of $12,000 at the end of this year.
Thank goodness Bechler did the right thing.
But we can help but wonder along with School Board Member Pam Hutchison that if the unchecked spending without a budget went on for so many years, perhaps there are other areas of school finance the board should check and make sure matters are being handled correctly. It might not be tax money, but the athletic department money is public money. We need to have a handle on it.
Friday, May 15, 2015
|Bechler addressing the crowd at the Marion turf field dedication ceremony in August|
This article was written by the Chronicle-Tribune's Jillian Fellows on May 14, 2015
When Jamy Bechler was appointed director of the Marion High School athletic department last spring, he took command of sports teams with a storied and successful past as well as a mountain of debt from more than a decade of unchecked spending.
Bechler presented a financial summary to the Marion Community Schools board members at their Wednesday meeting, and the numbers told a story of the highs and lows of athletic spending over the years.
Bechler began by quoting from a financial report put together in 1996 by the athletic director of the time that "the athletic department was very close to dipping into the investment principal in order to meet operating expenses."
That report indicates that the financial situation for Giants athletics has been in poor shape for many years, although current records only date back to 2006.
"The data we have currently goes back to 2006 where we had a CD (certificate of deposit) of $95,000," Bechler said. "That was essentially our savings. We had a checkbook for $31,000 in 2006. Eight years later when I took over, we had $30,000 in our savings and $6,300 in our checkbook. Over the course of eight years, we lost nearly $90,000. Essentially we are living beyond our means."
Immediately after stepping into the athletic director position a year ago, Bechler was faced with debt and unmonitored spending. Bechler and his staff quickly began efforts to turn the finances around.
Friday, January 16, 2015
Some Marion High School student-athletes are learning how to be better leaders in order to help their teams on the field of competition and improve the world around them.
About 25 student-athletes from various teams at Marion met weekly this past semester before school to learn about different leadership concepts.
“The morning sessions taught me a new thing every single week on how to be good teammate and player both on and off the field,” said Luke Oliver, who plays both football and soccer.
The student-athlete leadership training was led by Marion’s Director of Athletics Jamy Bechler. It was a combination of the IHSAA and NAIA’s Champions of Character programs and Bechler’s own ULeadership initiative, which promotes the concept of “Leadership Begins with U.”
Friday, January 9, 2015
Thursday, January 1, 2015
Thursday, May 22, 2014
In the last issue of THE ENCOURAGING LEADER, we highlighted some of the best books to help you become a better leader. This issue’s theme centers around quotes. We asked a number of leaders to write about their favorite quote and what it means to them.
Just as I am obsessed with reading books, I love quotes. The first motivational quote that I ever learned was “Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off the goal”. When I was an aspiring junior high basketball player in Michigan, the state’s Mr. Basketball was a player out of Saginaw by the name of Mark Macon. He went on to have a great career at Temple University. I saw him featured on a CBS special. In the segment, he mentioned that quote. I wrote it out on a piece of paper and taped it to the wall next to my bed. Every morning when I’d wake up, that was the first thing that I saw.
That quote still resonates with me. Through the years, I have worked with many athletes and that quote is still a go-to for me. The Kentucky Derby was held last week. Every time I think of horse racing, I am reminded of this quote. Horses have blinders on that keep them from seeing what is beside them. All they do is look straight ahead. They focus on where they need to go. We’d do well to remember this concept. Why get caught up in drama, distractions, detours or disillusionment? Set your eyes on the prize and focus on the goal.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
The new leader of Marion Giants athletics brings collegiate-level experience and a vision for maximizing student-athlete potential, supporting coaches, and generating community excitement.
Jamy Bechler will take over as director of athletics at Marion High School starting June 2. He was approved by the Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees during its regular meeting on May 14.
“There’s a lot of opportunity at Marion,” Bechler said. “You need a visionary leader when you have 20 sports, a wide fan base, and a proud tradition. It’s a big job, and I’m honored to have been chosen.”
Bechler most recently served as associate athletic director and head women’s basketball coach for Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tenn. He has previously served in various coaching and instructional positions at colleges around the country. His history of visionary leadership in developing high level programs, his emphasis on innovative thinking, and his passion for supporting coaches and helping to provide the tools and opportunities for growth are traits that will help advance Marion Giants athletics.
“Jamy brings to Marion successful experience as a collegiate coach and athletic administrator. He will relate well with our coaches, our student-athletes, our alumni, and our community,” Marion Community Schools Superintendent Brad Lindsay said. “His rich experience at the collegiate level will help us prepare our student-athletes for life beyond Marion High School.”
Bechler emphasized the importance of the lessons student-athletes can learn both on and off the field with good leadership in place.
Friday, December 20, 2013
THE ENCOURAGING LEADER: Winter 2013 Issue
I admit it; I am an obsessed reader. I normally read 2 or 3 books at a time. There is the book that I read when I am on the stationary bike; there is my evening time book next to my bed; and oftentimes a book for when I travel. My wife has a Kindle Fire, but I am old school and prefer paper books so that I can dog-ear the pages and highlight certain sections.
The books highlighted in the latest edition of THE ENCOURAGING LEADER are books that I'd recommend for anyone in any field that wants to be successful. The books are:
- 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership -- John C. Maxwell
- True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership -- Bill George
- Good to Great -- Jim Collins
- Dig Your Well Before You're Thirsty -- Harvey Mackay
- Talent is Never Enough -- John C. Maxwell
- The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable -- Patrick Lencioni