The Sweet Sixteen: A Coach's Guide to Leadership
The Sweet Sixteen was written by Collegiate Men’s Basketball coach Austin McBeth. With the increase in the popularity of sports, young men and women are learning a great deal about love and authority from coaches in today’s culture. The impact that coaches at every level are leaving on their athletes is greater than it’s ever been.
McBeth’s purpose in writing The Sweet Sixteen is to start the conversation about the abusive atmosphere coaches have created, by looking at what the Bible says about love. 1 Corinthians 13:4–8a talks about sixteen characteristics of love that McBeth breaks down to shine a light on the increasing misuse of such a powerful word and how coaches can begin to love their players in a way that will leave an impact long after their playing career has ended.
Does not envy
It does not boast
Is not proud
Does not dishonor others
Is not self-seeking
Is not easily angered
Keeps no record of wrongs
Does not delight in evil
Love rejoices in the truth
Love never fails
McBeth says, “Regardless of whether you consider yourself a Christian, the concepts in this book will help you become a more effective leader. The Sweet Sixteen is not only beneficial for coaches, but for parents, teachers and anyone in a leadership position.”
Becoming a Sweet Sixteen coach, parent, or leader will be one of the most challenging and rewarding things you will ever do. Be blessed as you read!