Coach Mike Show: Beyond the Court

Coach Mike Show: Beyond the Court

There is more to Coach Mike Show than intense basketball practices. BBC's Athletic Director and Head Men's Basketball Coach believes coaching is synonymous with discipling.

Coach Mike Show width=Show, now in his 20th year of coaching at BBC, recently added management of the new Recreation Center to his duties. The building is a valuable addition for students, athletes, and the community. Show coordinates building usage and is looking forward to using the building as an outreach to the area.

Learn more about the new Recreation Center here.

Originally from upstate New York, Show came to BBC along with his father, who left Word of Life Bible Institute to pursue an undergraduate degree at BBC. A student athlete, Show graduated in 1992 from the Health and Physical Education program.

As a father of six children today, Mike and his wife Valerie's oldest son, J.C., is a talented athlete at Abington Heights High School near campus. He was recently recognized as one of the top 25 high school athletes in the country and will attend Bucknell University on a basketball scholarship after he graduates in 2014.

"We pray for each and every kid every day," Mike told a local radio interviewer. "We keep the Word of God in front of his face...remind him how great a gift salvation is, and to walk with Christ, so he understands he's a sinner saved by grace."

Listen to the full interview here.

When you're playing for a coach, you spend a lot of time with them.The coaches I played for--Chuck Patterson, Bill Bowman, and Russ Howard--all had an influence in my life, and I thought that was a great way to get involved in people's lives. I appreciated Russ Howard's personality. I loved his demeanor with his family, and I found him to be genuine, not putting on a facade, and that really attracted me. I knew he genuinely cared for his players.

I knew I wanted to coach. BBC gave me the tools to get a job as a physical education teacher in order to do what I really enjoyed--coaching. BBC prepared me with how to study the Bible. It taught me to think critically and to think biblically. If I am going to honor God with the life I have on earth, I need to be able to study the Word of God and respond in a way that brings glory to Him, which I don't always do. BBC gave me the tools to study the Word of God so I can learn to think about it, so I can live it, so I can glorify God.

The teachers did a good job preparing me in how to teach skills, not just basketball skills but other sports and activities. They taught the importance of details, and the importance of the OTR, an "opportunity to respond." As a coach, you either reinforce or you correct. They did a good job preparing me for that. Chris Davis was a model and example of how to be positive; Joe Schloegel taught me how to think biblically; Dr. (Rembert) Carter taught me about life in general and about toughness. I worked with Coach (Jim) Huckaby as an assistant coach for two years, and he really influenced me, too.

I am starting my 20th year coaching. For the most part, I have coached basketball. For the last 10 years I have been the assistant golf coach; one year I helped out with women's softball. I was convicted that I wasn't as involved with my daughters' sports as I was with my sons'. I needed to be involved with women's athletics, so Coach (Bill) Higley let me help out with women's softball for a year.

The thing I love most about coaching is building relationships with players and having the opportunity to influence them. I tell them that it's our form of worship. I would love to be able to sing in front of the church, but nobody would want to listen to me; it's not what I'm made to do. If sports is what God has made us to do, then it's our form of worship. We teach guys that you can worship by playing basketball and to be tough-minded. There's a difference between nice guys and godly men.

I meet with my guys once a week, and hold them accountable to things like going to class and reading the Bible. I try to build relationships with them so they understand I care about them--¬Ěnot just as a basketball player but as a person. That helps us accomplish what we are trying to do--using basketball to teach guys about life.

People don't really know me, just my reputation. You have to understand, when I coach I have to be tough. When I am dealing with the guys, I have to come across as the top dog. Guys are arrogant, and part of my coaching is holding them to expectations and teaching them to be humble. I am intense, but if you came and sat in my house, you would know that I am a fun-loving guy. I love my family. I play with my kids. I care a lot, and I have got a big heart.

It is great for our students to have a building they can relax and play sports in. I think it's great for the community to be able to use, too, and we can build relationships with local residents and organizations in ways we couldn't do before. It allows us to utilize and practice when there are conflicts with the gym or inclement weather. We can run multiple practices at the same time instead of going from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. It was phenomenal for the summer uses during the sports camps because we could give the kids more games.

My son J.C. plays football and basketball. By God's grace, he has a great opportunity and platform to share the gospel in the community. What has been great about the whole thing is that people see a difference in J.C. The world's perception of Christians is that they are soft. J.C. is a tough kid, but he's also gracious and humble and people see a difference. For example, J.C. went to the hospital to visit an injured player from an opposing team. He wasn't even on the same team. He's involved with his teammates and shares the gospel with them. The community loves him. It's a good platform to put his faith into action and communicate why he does what he does.

J.C. committed this summer to go to Bucknell University. It's not far from home and he doesn't want to lose his platform in Northeast Pennsylvania. He wants to coach because he has seen the influence you can have. You go to class because you have to, but you play a sport because you want to. Students will go through a lot of things because they want to play a sport. You can have an impact there.

I love the opportunity I get here at BBC to coach and to work with people that want to use their gifts and abilities to honor God.To do so at a Division III level is very enjoyable. We equip students with tools that will help them in life, not just to get an education or a piece of paper. I like to think we do it in a way that will teach them to become a better father, husband, wife, or mother in ways they wouldn't get somewhere else.

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Posted on: 11/21/2013 4:30:07 PM

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