Dear faithful listeners - We are taking a break for the Summer.  It's been a great first year!  We appreciate your support and encouragement.


About the podcast

Athletics is an amazing platform that can be used to shape the next generation.  Being a coach is not easy.  It's hard work.  The Coaching with Purpose podcast is designed to encourage and equip sports coaches to use their platform to make a transformational impact in the lives of their players.

Join host Theron Glenny as he interviews athletic coaches who are impacting their teams beyond the game. Gain insight to building transformational athletic programs that produce successful athletes and the next generation of leaders.   


012 - More than capable with coach Dave cadle

Get ready to be inspired.  In this episode, host Theron Glenny interviews former high school basketball coach Dave Cadle.  The impact coach Cadle has had with his basketball players and in his community stems from a life event that pushed him out of his comfort zone.  Find out the life event that pushed him to believe he could do more than what he was doing.  Learn how you can take your faith out of the church pew or the chalkboard and into play. 

011 - the question that could transform your coaching

Photo credit to Benjamin Norman for The New York Times

Photo credit to Benjamin Norman for The New York Times

Get ready for a question that will cause you to re-think why and how you coach and set you up with renewed vision (& vigor) for your team and sports program. 

Hear a personal story that caused a deep dive into what really matters in sports and what it is that we as coaches want our players to get out of the time they have with us.  


010 - How Coaches can use evaluation to get Fresh Vision for their Team and Program 

As we head into 2016, it's important to take time to reflect on the past year.  Evaluating what has happened in the past (good or bad) is crucial for getting a pulse on your sports team and program.  Evaluation will also help you get fresh vision and set you up for success.  

In this episode, host Theron Glenny shares 3 questions you coaches can ask yourselves to evaluate each area of your team and program.  He also shares a potential trap that can rob you of vision and focus.  


Big picture: Evaluation sets you up for God to give you fresh vision for your players and coaches.  Without evaluation, you'll end up operating out of old and possibly worn out vision and direction.  Without evaluation, your coaches, team and program won't clearly see vision or have direction.  

Proverbs 28:19 says Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint;

or...Where there is no vision, the people perish.  


Definition of 'Evaluate' - to determine the significance, worth, or condition of usually by careful appraisal and study 



Evaluation is like an assessment.  An assessment is an valuation of the business.  What is it worth?  There is deliberate effort and digging involved.  It isn't just looking at a few numbers on paper, it is making sure all the numbers lined up for taxation purposes.  We call this an audit these days.  

Here’s the trap: Not writing down your findings.  Not recording them.  

Here's what the bible says on writing down vision...

Habakkuk 2(NKJV)

1 I will stand my watch

And set myself on the rampart,
And watch to see what He will say to me,

And what I will answer when I am corrected.

2 Then the Lord answered me and said:

“Write the vision
And make it plain on tablets,
That he may run who reads it.
3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time;
But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.
Though it tarries, wait for it;
Because it will surely come,

It will not tarry.

Here's how to evaluate...

I’m going to show you how to do a simple assessment that you can use at the end of your seasons and also during your season.  You can use it weekly.  It is very valuable.  I believe coaches do this, but in their head.  It is much more powerful if you put it on paper.  I can’t tell you how many times I come back to what I wrote down.  Here they are...

1. What went well - what were your successes?

2. What didn’t go so well - what were some failures?

3. What would you differently next time - these will likely turn into goals and plans. 


Note: Every program has parts.  Clarify the parts first…  Don’t make it too complicated. 

Examples: Offense, defense, practices, game-day routine, coaches, etc 

Others you might consider...Team chemistry, coach/player relationships, & ministry opportunities. 


Here's the big picture again... Evaluation sets you up for God to give you vision for your players and coaches.  

Prov. 28:19 - Where there is no vision, the people perish.  


Another tip:  Have your staff do this. Have them evaluate too.  You’ll be able to see whether someone’s heart is in it because their evaluation will tell you.   A staff member that evaluates will also get vision.  You want your coaches to have vision. I had my assistant coach do an evaluation of a league he oversaw and I was blown away at the detail of his evaluation.  

009 - 705 Soccer academy's Ben Shamberger

In this episode, I interview Ben Shamberger from 705 Soccer Academy in Greensboro, NC.  Ben starred at North Moore High School soccer under his dad (Michael - who was on our August podcast) and played his college soccer at Appalachian State University.

Ben and his staff focus on technical, physical, tactical and mental training for players who are committed to discovering their full potential. Learn how he evaluates players and provides strategic player-specific instruction. 


008 - Program culture with messiah college athletic director jack cole

In this episode, we tackle program culture.  Jack Cole, the athletic director at Messiah College gives us the insider on one of the most successful college sports programs in the nation.  

Click here to learn more about Messiah's athletic program culture.  

Here is a link to Michael Zigarelli's book The Messiah Method highlighting Messiah's soccer program - the seven disciplines of the winningest college soccer program in America. 

A little about Messiah's sports program (from Messiah's website):

Pursuing Athletic Excellence … Developing Christian Character
These are the two goals for which Messiah Athletics is known. Our student-athletes
and coaches know our philosophy is that, if we don’t accomplish both of these goals
in a season, then we have not had a successful season. Doing one without doing
the other is not good enough at Messiah, we hold each other accountable to meeting
these goals.

This is intercollegiate athletics – not intramurals. There is a scoreboard.  We compete against other institutions; one team will leave the event with a win, and the other with
a loss. Conference standings are published. There are championships in every sport
in which we compete. Pursuing athletic excellence is important.

But equally important is the way we compete. As we work at developing character,
how do our student-athletes carry themselves during competition? How do they do
in the classroom? Are our athletes serious students? Do they demonstrate
sportsmanship as they compete? Does their faith impact the way they approach they
game.  Developing Christian character is every bit as important to us.

How Athletics Supports Messiah’s Mission
Athletics is part of the cocurriculum and an integral part of the educational side of the College – and we believe that this is where Division III programs should be.  We’re housed in the Student Affairs Division at Messiah.  Our coaches are members of the Community of Educators, and that supports our conviction that we are indeed educators.  It’s just that our classrooms and laboratories look different than the typical classroom and lab you might find in Boyer Hall or Jordan Science Center.  Our classrooms are the soccer field, the track, the artificial turf field, the baseball and softball fields, the volleyball court, the basketball floor, and other indoor and outdoor venues. Our classrooms include the locker room, the training room, and practice fields as well. 

And we know that the impact coaches have on their student-athletes is significant – student-athletes will see coaches and staff every day during the season for several hours; will travel with them in buses or vans; will see how they react to bad calls from officials; and will share tears of joy after a big win or tears of sorrow after a tough loss.  The lessons taught by the coach over four years will last a lifetime.

Our mission in Athletics supports the College’s educational mission:  The Department of Athletics at Messiah College seeks to develop Christian character while pursuing athletic excellence.  In doing so, the Department fulfills Messiah College’s mission to educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character, and Christian faith.

 007 - INTERVIEW WITH Liberty university's head hockey coach kirk handy

In this episode, I had the honor of interviewing Liberty University's Coach Kirk Handy.  

Coach Handy is going into his 14th season coaching at Liberty University he has coached in 415 games with a record of 281 Wins 119 Losses and 15 Ties. Currently he serves as the Senior Director of Campus Recreation and Head Coach of the Men’s Hockey program. He was instrumental in the planning, development and building of the LaHaye Ice Center and the hockey programs. Handy is a graduate of Liberty in 1999, and played four years as a right winger for the flames hockey team. During his tenure as a player Handy was an assistant Captain and was named the ACCHL player of the year, and a scoring leader for the Flames for all 4 years he played.

Coach Handy has always had a passion and desire to see Liberty University continue to grow and develop in to the vision of Dr. Jerry Falwell. “I believe Liberty University is the greatest University in the world. My wife and I consider it a privilege to serve at Liberty and carry on the vision of Dr. Falwell to build Young Champions for Christ.” The native of Huntsville, Ontario, Canada is married to Jannie and the couple has four sons Parker, Preston, Pryce and Porter.

006 - Interview with North Moore High School Soccer Coach Michael Shamberger

North Moore High School Soccer Coach Michael Shamberger

North Moore High School Soccer Coach Michael Shamberger

Coach Michael Shamberger is heading into his 16th season as head soccer coach at North Moore High School in North Carolina.  His teams have gone 40-6-2 in the last two years including a birth in the state title game.  In this podcast, we explore why Coach Shamberger is having success on the field as well as success off the field with his players and his community.  

005 - Post HoopsFest Episode & Interview with new Penn State Altoona Men's Basketball Coach Doug West

2015 HoopsFest Dunk Contest

2015 HoopsFest Dunk Contest

In this post HoopsFest episode, Jim Kilmartin, founder and director of Joshua House and Founder of HoopsFest talks about how HoopsFest got started and how it has grown to over 250 teams, 1000 players and thousands more attending the event.  HoopsFest has become Central PA's largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament and a major platform to impact lives.  Jim shares how HoopsFest got started and what it takes to start and grow an event.  

2015 HoopsFest Slam Dunk Winner Brandon Matano

2015 HoopsFest Slam Dunk Winner Brandon Matano

If you have always wanted to start an event like HoopsFest or if you have a hand in operating an similar sporting event, you don't want to miss this.  You will gain insight into starting and growing the vision God has put inside of you.  

In addition, Doug West, former Altoona High School legend, Villanova star and former NBA high flyer was on hand at HoopsFest to watch and I got the opportunity to  talk with him about his exciting new role as the head men's basketball coach at Penn State Altoona.  

Here are a few links to the best dunk in HoopsFest history...

Video from the Quad-Copter

Link to the HoopsFest Facebook page to view HoopsFest Photos and Videos

004 - 2015 Hoopsfest preview 


This is a special episode highlighting and previewing our annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament, HoopsFest.  I interview Joshua House and HoopsFest founder Jim Kilmartin to give us a preview of the event.  Also, I check in with  local basketball legend Drew Shubik for some 3-on-3 basketball strategy.  

003 - Relationships with Charleston Southern Football Coach Gabe Giardina


In this podcast, Charleston Southern Football Offensive Coordinator Gabe Giardina shares with us the keys to player/coach relationships, team culture and being intentional with his family.  You will be inspired and deeply challenged to take your relationships with the youth you are working with to the next level.   

For more information about Coach Giardina, click here.

For more information about Charleston Southern football, click here.  



Dr. Stephen Gallaher has had a huge impact on thousands of teenagers as well as many leaders involved in the lives of youth.  God used Stephen to make a deep, transformational impact upon hosts Theron Glenny and Jim Kilmartin in their teen years - which you will hear about in this episode.  It is a great honor to have him inspire, challenge and equip us to make a difference in the lives of the next generation.  

More about Dr. Stephen Gallaher:

Dr. Gallaher is a professor of Youth Ministry at Messiah College.  He also is the Executive Director of Salt and Light Youth Ministry and is on the pastoral staff at Camp Hill United Methodist Church.  

Here are links if you want to connect with what he is doing...

Salt and Light Youth Ministry 

Messiah College's Youth Ministry Program 


001 - Coaching With Purpose

In this episode, Theron Glenny and Joshua House founder Jim Kilmartin tackle what it means to be a transformational coach.  Included is an engaging interview with Matt Lushko, FCA's Laurel Highlands director. Matt discusses the value of having a character coach on sports teams.  Also, we check in with Madison Detwiler, a high school basketball standout at Williamsburg High School to learn who has had a big impact on her life.