THIS IS THE TABLE FORTY PODCAST
WITH MATT AND LESLEE HOLLIDAY
Rick Barnes is the head men’s basketball coach at the University of Tennessee. He’s put together one of the best coaching careers in recent memory with 727 wins, 24 of which have come in the NCAA Tournament. He also coached Texas to the Final Four in 2003.
He was named the Naismith Coach of the Year in 2019, the Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year in 2018, and the Big 12 Coach of the Year four times while at Texas.
In today’s conversation, Barnes talks with Matt and Leslee about how he entered the coaching business, how he builds lasting relationships with his players, what his coaching philosophy is, and how important it is to serve others.
Barnes also shares how he received salvation while watching a Billy Graham crusade on television, as well as the story that led him to stop cursing during practices. This is a vulnerable conversation in which Barnes opens up about chasing career success instead of contentment in God for a season, and he also shares how God redeemed him out of that.
“I’m just thankful that God, you know, He won’t let go of you…” he said. “I believe that once He gets ahold of you, He won’t let you go.”
Table Forty is part of the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network.
— Mike Boynton, Oklahoma State Basketball Coach
— Nick Graham, Author of “God x Basketball”
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