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ONE COACH: How to exit with class - Jay Heaps

Basketball Hall of Fame coach Al McGuire once said about coaching, “It’s a profession in which, the longer you stay, the closer you are to being fired.”

So what happens when it’s your turn to receive the pink slip? How would you respond?

That’s what is now facing New England Revolution coach Jay Heaps, who was fired today after six seasons at the helm.

Heaps, who has been a part of the organization for 15 years as a player or coach, didn’t speak badly about the organization. Rather, he tweeted a full-page letter thanking his owners, coaches and players, among others.

“I am grateful that you gave me an opportunity to coach one of your teams,” Heaps wrote to the New England Revolution owners. “There has not been a single day I have not thought of how to help this team win. My greatest regret is not getting you and your family what you deserve, an MLS Championship. Thank you for being such class acts!”

Heaps, also wrote to his players. “I have loved coaching each of you! Every practice, video session, and game you have given your heart and soul. There was never a question about your commitment and dedication to this team. I wish nothing but the for each of you in your careers. I know our paths will cross in the future…”

Lastly, Heaps thanked his family for “letting me live out my dreams!”

Under Heaps, the Revolution made the playoffs three times and reached the MLS Cup in 2014. He finished with a 75-81-43 regular season record and was 4-3-1 in the playoffs.

As coaches, we must realize that the coaching positions we have are on lease and that one day someone else will take our position, no matter how successful we are. Our goal is to daily live out Colossians 3:17 every time we walk into the office, and give God our best as stewards of the teams we are allowed to coach.

“And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

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