Remember the Ripples you make on people’s lives… – G.Guerrieri 0

Remember the Ripples you make on people’s lives… – G.Guerrieri

Every December I’m one of those people who finds himself watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” – that black and white Frank Capra movie classic starring Jimmy Stewart. You have probably seen it, or parts of it, at some time in your life. It’s kind of a corny story which teaches us that our lives truly can make positive impressions on people around us.

I am a sentimental guy, but I’ve lived a blessed life.  Soccer has been a very positive part of that life.

I was adopted as an infant in Chicago.  My adopted family moved to suburban Dallas when I was 8. It was 1971 and soccer was just starting to catch on in Texas, thanks to the efforts of Lamar Hunt and his NASL franchise, the Dallas Tornado.

My parents didn’t know anything about soccer, but my friends at school played it every day at recess, so I decided to sign up in the Richardson Soccer Association and give it a try.

The game hooked me immediately! It was fun and I was inspired by my NASL heroes: Bobby Moffat, Kyle Rote Jr, Kenny Cooper (Sr), Dick Hall, Coach Ron Newman, and the rest of the Tornado, who were part-time players but full-time ambassadors of the game.

I had a fun playing career and have met some of the most incredible people on Earth through soccer. I have been living my dream as a college soccer coach for the past 25+ years. But, I hadn’t really thought about how truly blessed I’ve been until a couple years ago when I finally met my birth-mother for the first time.

My wife, our 3 kids, and I flew halfway across the country to meet her and visit family members in the small town where I would have grown up (Mitchell, Indiana). And, as I was walking through this friendly town and getting to know this kind woman, it hit me… It’s amazing just how much different my life could have been…

But it wasn’t just my life that would have been different. I started to realize just how many other people’s lives had been influenced by that decision she made to give me up for adoption and open up a new world of opportunities for my life… For example:
~ I never would have lived in Texas, played soccer or been exposed and influenced by those heroes of my youth…
~ I wouldn’t have the education I received because of soccer…
~ I wouldn’t have met my wife and wouldn’t have become the soccer coach at Texas A&M…
~ Which means most of the players who I recruited to A&M wouldn’t have met their husbands, or had the same soccer/life experiences which will affect their families…

So, for me, life really is wonderful…

I am living my dream of being a soccer coach. And, I hope that all coaches remember just how blessed they are to be involved in a sport that does so much for its participants. I hope you’ll remember and appreciate the opportunity you have to make kids’ lives truly wonderful…

I do.

G. Guerrieri is the Head Women’s Soccer Coach at Texas A&M University. He is the only head coach in the history of the program. G holds a U.S. Soccer Federation “A” Coaching License and a NSCAA Advanced National Coaching Diploma. G is a graduate of the University of Tulsa where he received his B.S. in Education. To keep up with G and Aggie soccer, visit http://blogs.aggieathletics.com/coachg/