Faced with a high impact hurricane and a game against their biggest rival could unhinge a coach. But when God is our foundation you find the peace. That’s how University of Miami Coach Mike Richt guides his team and lives his life…by faith.
His own spiritual journey began 30 years ago when, as a quarterback for Florida State University, Richt’s fellow teammate lineman Pablo Lopez was shot and killed. His coach, Bobby Bowden, prayed with the team and gave them the hope of an afterlife, an experience that changed Richt.
“I went from a really self-centered guy to an other-centered guy. My goal became to try to live a life that God would be pleased with, on a daily basis,” said Richt.
He follows in a long tradition of spiritual coaches at University of Miami, some who arranged for Mass to be offered before every game, others who prayed and lived their faith openly. Richt is focused on developing players, yes, but more important, forming men of strong character and faith. Thomas Brown, U of M Offensive Coordinator, shares why he was drawn to Richt as a high school recruit from Georgia, “the other coaches would talk about football stuff only, how deep they could take me in football. He only spoke about his faith walk and his aspirations to make sure he turned every young man he came in contact with in to a grown man by the time they left the University. That was important to me.”
Richt’s current players come from a variety of faith backgrounds and some don’t consider themselves to be religious but they all participate in the prayer sessions he leads before and after the games and cherish the bibles he gave them. He offers them something more than football to believe in. Click here for full story.