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Life coaches are everywhere in 2019, even Airbnb – Quartz

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Am I in the right relationship? Is it too late to switch careers? Im never as assertive with my friends and co-workers as I want, but how can I change?

Just twenty years ago, if you had told somebody they should see a life coach to answer these questions, they wouldnt have had any idea what you were talking about. Today, life coaching practitioners can be found practically anywhereat counseling centers, gig economy websites, and even Airbnb. They contribute to the transformation economy, a growing collection of industries that also includes retreats, gurus, and adventure travel, where the product is a new and improved you.

We are seeking out experiences that actually change us in some way, that help us achieve our aspirations, the author Joseph Pine, who coined the term the experience economy with his co-author James Gilmore, told Quartz. Increasingly that will be part of the economy where consumers and even businesses increasingly go to companies and effectively say: Change me.

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Coaching Or Therapy? Forget Semantics And Focus On The Big Picture – Forbes

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The Wall Street Journal recently prompted a discussion among executive coaches and their clients by publishing anarticleon the blurred lines between coaching and therapy. The story has stimulated conversations about what constitutes coaching best practices versus overreach. Purists argue that coaches should stay in their lane, keeping subject matter strictly business. In their minds, a coach is a coach, a mentor is a mentor, a therapist is a therapist. These are separate and distinct roles that should be kept separate and distinct.

Or are they?

At its core, coaching is meant to help leaders tap into their full potential so that they lead in such a way that their organizations achieve success. Yet the factors that contribute to leading with full potential and success don't materialize in tidy, separate packages. Leaders are whole people who bring their lives to their work (and their work to their lives) whether they know it or not.

Today's hyper-connected world has made it possible for executives to tackle work projects from home and home projects from work. They might attend a child's soccer game on Thursday afternoon and work Saturday morning. An urgent text from the spouse can sidetrack a business meeting, and an important email from the boss can delay dinner.

For better or worse, our lives are all tangled up. We bring more professional responsibilities home than ever before and more of our personal lives to the office. This can be a wonderful thing, with work colleagues helping celebrate joyful occasions from the home front. That said, it can also compound problems. Dysfunction at the office will often breed stress and irritability at home, and vice versa.

Beyond immediate family obligations and stresses, experiences from our personal history will also influence our work performance for good, bad and in-between. Executives who grapple with imposter syndrome frequently convey that they've lived with these insecurities for much of their lives. Many suspect that feelings of abandonment in childhood can spur workaholism, citing famous and highly successful workaholics, such as Steve Jobs and Larry Ellison, who were both adopted.

Coaching is blurry because our lives are blurry. One area impacts the other with ripples spreading in every direction, all the time. Such entanglements can make it impossible to help executives grow into the leaders they strive to be without delving into highly personal areas. Rather than steering away from deeper topics, I believe a good coach will steer right into them.

While coaches cannot and should not solve for all issues that come up in an engagement, they can help their clients clearly recognize them, reflecting back an accurate image like a good mirror. Once the clients can more truly see themselves (behaviors and beliefs), they can better address directly or indirectly related issues, using the best professional resources available to them. Underlying mental health conditions, difficulties coping with traumatic events and suicidal thoughts require the expertise of licensed mental health professionals and a good coach knows when and how to recommend one.

That said, not every personal hardship or challenge meet these criteria, with some better solved by others with different expertise. For example, a clinically depressed executive will have vastly different needs than an overwhelmed, struggling but otherwise emotionally healthy entrepreneur seeking help to create boundaries between work and home life. The latter might not benefit from speaking with someone who has no perspective on the demands of running startups. The advice might be all but useless.

When a coach approaches their work through the widest possible lens, seeking to create the most value for the client and the organization, they will find themselves wearing many different hats, playing different roles on behalf of their client (sometimes even within one conversation!). It's not that coaches are universal problem solvers, being all things to all clients. Instead, coaches will thoughtfully guide their clients through the process of first seeing what's really there (personally and professionally), then clarifying their options for moving toward their highest and best leading.

Coach. Mentor. Counselor. Therapist. Thought partner. It's not about the label as much as it is the outcome. Those who bring the most value to their coaching engagement don't get preoccupied with semantics. They take a holistic view of a person the complete person in order to help them gain a clear picture of and understanding about who they are as a leader, what they want to achieve and what might be holding them back. They solve for the big picture, which is the one that matters most.

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Well, its that time of year again! We Fergusons have had a great year. Here are a few of our highlights.

As you can see from the enclosed family photo, Bob lost 40 pounds on a low-carb diet. He had to get a second job to afford the diet, because he now eats more red meat than a grizzly bear, but you cant knock the results. The low-carb plan doesnt allow you to eat anything inexpensive like pasta, potatoes or rice. But you can eat as many $12-per-pound steaks as you like. Weve spent so much on food this year, we cant afford to buy him new clothes! His pants are so baggy, he looks like he just graduated from clown school. Still, it beats the stomach staple the doctors were talking about, and he says he feels good.

Speaking of health, Chardonnays nose ring got infected and she missed most of this last semester at junior college. The whole experience has made her think seriously about changing her major from Tattoo Art Appreciation to Life Coaching, but nothings firm yet.

The really exciting news is that Chardonnay finally has a boyfriend a lawyer. No, wait a minute. Bob says Ive got that wrong. The boyfriend isnt a lawyer, the boyfriend has a lawyer. My bad. Kids these days! I could never have afforded a lawyer when I was his age. He must really be smart. Hes living above our garage until the heat dies down at his place, he says. Bob and I used to have an apartment like that, too once the heat came on, you could never turn it off.

Josh is doing well in Golf Course Management; he came thisclose to making the Pros List this semester, except for his low grade in lawn-mowing. Thank goodness he got an A in Watering Grass 101.

Bobs mother is still living. With us. Sometimes shes a little forgetful. I think she would probably be better off in a nursing home, but Bob wont hear of it. He says, As long as youre healthy, why shouldnt she stay with us? Except for the smoking, the drinking, the cleaning, the cooking, the swearing and the laundry, shes not much of a bother. And the kids love her. Theyre always trying to make her comfortable. But no matter how many times I tell them, they still try to turn her oxygen back on when shes smoking.

I suppose this is as good a time as any to explain that newspaper headline in June, Bob Ferguson Arrested in Credit Card Fraud. Actually, it was good news: They finally arrested the guy who had stolen Bobs identity. They caught him trying to charge a Slim Jim and a box of Handi-Wipes down at the Gas and Go Away. Little did the thief know that Bobs credit cards have been maxed out for months, and all the clerks have orders to call the police if he ever tries to use a credit card there again.

The thief is in jail and is still pretending to be Bob, but that will probably change when he finds out about the back taxes we owe from that tax-shelter fiasco last year. Apparently, you cant just skip mowing your backyard, call it a tree farm and start taking an agricultural deduction. Who knew? But if the fake Bob Ferguson wants to do eight to 10 years for tax fraud, thats fine with us.

Which reminds me, be sure to watch Bobs dad on 60 Minutes next week to hear his side of the story. The church calls it embezzlement, but Dad swears it was just a bookkeeping mistake.

Well, thats about it from the Fergusons. Ive got to go pick up Fluffy from the vet. Im not sure I want to see the bill, but really how much could a simple tail reattachment cost, anyway?

Wishing you and yours a Happy Holiday,

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USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin Published 5:27 a.m. CT Dec. 2, 2019

MANITOWOC - Young Professionals of Manitowoc County unveiled its "Future 15" award winners during its annual banquet Nov. 14 at Knox's Silver Valley Bar & Banquet Hall.

The "Future 15" are young professionals, ages 21-40, "who have given back to the community, showed leadership, and helped in many ways to make the area a great place to live and work."

TheHerald Times Reporterwill share profiles of each of the 15 winners in this series. The profileis provided by The Chamber of Manitowoc County.

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Theresa began her journey as a business owner in Colorado, but felt a pull to come back to her hometown and open State of Grace. She feels a strong desire and need to nurture, bring healing and create community both within the walls of her business and the community.

Her mission at State of Grace is to create a space for community and healing, and this mission is why she does everything she does.She creates a space where her and her clients are communing and finding some capacity of healing by just being present.She does this through massage therapy, yoga, Reiki, life coaching, yoga/mindfulness in the schools, and massage and senior chair yoga in the local nursing homes.

Theresa is actively involved in many community organizations, such as Clipper City Co-Op, Big Brothers Big Sistersand Lakeshore Foster Families.

RELATED:Manitowoc Chamber honors this year's Future 15: Here are the winners

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This is What it’s Like to Work with a Health Coach – Massage Magazine

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Ready or not, 2020 is on its way. Are you excited to make this year your best year yet?

Unfortunately, more and more people are waking up to the reality that their current lifestyle does not support their health.

Whats a person to do to finally feel healthy, vital, and comfortable in their own skin? Health coaching could be the solution for you.

We all know diets dont work. If diets worked, we would all be living in our perfect bodies and feeling fabulous. The diet industry is in the business of making money, not making health.

The reality is, most people know what they need to do to be healthy, and they dont do it. Eating a donut or a bag of chips is not healthy. So often theres so much more contributing to why you may be still eating your favorite go-to unhealthy treats and not giving yourself true self-care.

Unlike a doctor, your health coach will help you get to the root cause of whats eating you, guide you to kick your Negative Nancy to the curb by learning a more positive way of thinking and, keep you motivated through every step of your healing journey.

Unfortunately, its much easier to race to the doctor, instead of changing a lifestyle habit. We would rather face a health challenge or live with feeling fat, frumpy and less than fantastic. Its not your fault. Your body wants to keep you safe and comfortable. It keeps you in the habits youve been maintaining for years instead of diving into a new unfamiliar routine.

We all want a quick fix, and its much easier to take a pill than to make a sustainable change. Many of our health challenges are simply messages from our body crying out, Slow down. Please take care of me. Listen to me. I need help.

When we dont listen to our bodies, these messages get louder and louder until our illness is full-blown.

Unfortunately, most doctors have a narrow focus on sickness, not health. Your doctor only has a very short time to assess your symptoms, strategize remedies, and get you back living your life.

Regaining your health is about getting to the root cause of not just what youre eating you need to discover whats eating you.

This is not our doctors fault. Many of us never go to a doctor for prevention. Doctors usually see you after your symptoms are extreme. As humans, we push through life and when things get really bad, thats when we look to the doctor for help. Doctors are trained to cure your symptoms with a pill and often we need so much more than that.

Dont get me wrong, I love doctors. If I fall off my bike and need 20 stiches to close my gashing wound or my broken arm, I want a doctor fast! I simply believe that we often need more than a doctor. We need a loving guide on the side to get you from where you are to where you want to be.

But I wonder, what would the doctor have to do to make their jobs obsolete? Maybe people could simply not get sick? Or, doctors could become wellness advocates by focusing on prevention. Your doctor might discuss things like how happy you are, why your boss is so crappy and whats totally stressing you out in life.

Not so surprisingly, these areexactlydiscussions that may keep you well, out of the doctors office and exactly what a health coach will discuss with you.

My clients come to me with information overload. They are confused by all the contradicting information in the health world.

A health coach will help you to sort out all the confusion and achieve your lifestyle goals. Everything from losing 10 pounds, to de-stressing and gaining energy, to improving nutrition, emotional eating challenges and loving your beautiful body.

The best thing about a health coach is you will be listened to and truly heard. Not only are we trained wellness authorities, we mentor, inspire and motivate our clients to cultivate positive health choices.

Health coaches have the time to delve into all your health. The ultimate goal of a health coach is to teach you all the best practices for living a healthier lifestyle now and long after the coaching program has ended.

With the right health coach, instead of struggling, your healing journey will be fun and inspiring. Youll feel supported, safe, educated and have the confidence to finally reach your health goals.

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Kathryn Chess is a nutritionist and joyful living coach. She is the founder of Joyful Living with Kathryn Chess, a company dedicated to empowering people to live in the body and life they love. Download a free copy of How to Stay Sane and Slim, Surefire Steps to Reignite the Happy in Your Holidays e-book at kathrynchess.com.

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This is a column by Scott DeCamp.

MUSKEGON, MI Billie Roberts III emerged from a somber Muskegon Big Reds locker room with watery eyes late Saturday night at Ford Field. His top-ranked team had just lost to River Rouge in the Division 3 state finals in stunning fashion, 30-7.

It was Billies fourth-straight season playing in the state-title game, and while he and his 2017 teammates were able to bask in the glow of a championship, this marked the third time he had experienced defeat on the big stage.

You might be surprised to know what was upsetting him the most, however, and it wasnt the loss to River Rouge.

What hurts the most is that Big Red football is over for me and its just going to take a while to get over that, he reflected. As far as the loss goes, that comes with the game of football.

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Muskegon football head coach Shane Fairfield hugs Muskegon's Billie Roberts III (53) after losing 30-7 to River Rouge in the MHSAA Division 3 football championship game at Ford Field in Detroit on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. (Cory Morse | MLive.com)

In the heat of the moment, thats an incredibly mature response by a young man whos been a work in progress throughout his four years under the tutelage of tough-love Big Reds head coach Shane Fairfield, assistants Matt Bolles and Don Poole, and the rest of the staff.

Billies comments are sincere, theyre introspective and they reflect the amazing growth that hes made as a person since he first entered the hallways at Muskegon High School.

You need to really listen to Billie. He is an expressive young man, and despite his reputation as a jokester and life of the party, he is uniquely profound in this thoughts and in his ability to listen to people after you scratch the surface.

Also, you need to continue reading this column. It lays out the realities of a football program like Muskegons, the players and coaches who make it what it is, and the tough city Big Reds call home.

MLive colleague Cory Morse, who is a multi-media journalist, and I felt compelled to tackle a project earlier this year. I was first inspired to do so while covering the Big Reds sports teams during the 2018-19 school year for MLive Muskegon Chronicle.

What struck me initially were the relationships forged, the chemistry and the love shown between Muskegon High student-athletes and coaches, such as Fairfield and Big Reds basketball coach/athletic director Keith Guy, witnessed through the access granted by those men, their programs and the school. What moved me to take on such an involved assignment were the complexities that not all, but many, Muskegon High School students face on a daily basis.

The main theme of the project was to examine how Muskegons coaches and educators embrace athletics as means to help young people under their watch better their lives in the long run. The crux of the Muskegon Big Reds series by Cory and me was taking an inside look at the schools tradition-rich football program.

Thats where this column is going. For starters, playing and coaching in the Muskegon football program is both a blessing and a curse. The Big Reds play in a historic stadium, in a football-crazed community. No high school football program in Michigan can claim the same tradition as the Muskegon Big Reds. Some might come close, but the Big Reds boast the winningest tradition (859-280-43 in 125 seasons) in the state by a wide margin and they rank seventh nationally in all-time high school football victories.

Michigan is home to many great high school football programs, but none are on the same plane as Muskegons when you consider the combination of excellence and championships (18 state titles total, six in the MHSAA playoff era) against the backdrop of socio-economic and other challenges faced by many in a community like Muskegon.

Heres just one example: Two peers of players on this seasons Muskegon football team lost their lives in fatal shootings a couple weeks before the season kicked off. In fact, a day later, a few players wrapped up football practice at the school and walked a couple blocks to the site of a candlelight vigil for one of the victims. Think about that. Muskegon is certainly not the only urban area in that state that encounters violence and poverty, but the topic of this column is Muskegon.

Back to the field, when you play for and star with the Big Reds, all eyes are on you. Muskegon is home to MLives Michigan High School Football Player of the Year award winner in each of the last three seasons (Cameron Martinez in 2018 and 2019; LaDarius Jefferson in 2017).

Much like the football program in which those young men played, a ton of pressure comes with such status. No matter what, youre wearing the target in every game you play. Youre the top dog and people line up to take you out, much like the wonderfully talented squads from River Rouge this weekend and Detroit King in 2018 did to the Big Reds in state-finals matchups.

Its difficult just to get to a state championship game. Muskegon has been there in seven of the last eight seasons. The Big Reds have won just once in those seven trips. Keyboard warriors and Internet tough guys write how the coaches need to go, and some are even critical of the teenagers playing a game.

The rallying cry for many critics is that Muskegon should be in the finals every year and should win it. Its a birthright. But what are those critics doing to help these coaches and players succeed? Are they making the countless sacrifices, and the time and emotional investments, that those very coaches and players theyre criticizing are making?

Do critics remember that these coaches are pouring everything they have into their professions, that the players are giving all they can to those coaches and to the program, in order to represent their school the best they can?

Do they remember that Saturdays loss to River Rouge, disappointing as it was, it still just a game and that the primary mission of the adults in the program is first and foremost to mold these young men into productive members of society?

Look no further than Billie Roberts. He was blessed with many gifts, one being an abnormally athletic 6-foot-4, 280-pounder with a world of still-untapped potential, plus a big personality and huge heart to match. Billie has several options to go play for a big-time college football program and, most importantly, the opportunity to better his life and the lives of those around him.

Had he won a state championship this weekend, how will that have bettered his life? It would have been a nice feather in his cap, certainly, and a nice way to cap his high school career. But if that were the best thing in his life, if that defined him as a person, then thats sad. Conversely, if Billie losing in a state championship game is the worst thing in his life, then hes pretty damned blessed.

If anybody had earned the right to express himself Saturday night after the loss to River Rouge, then it was Billie Roberts the player who strapped on the pads and slipped on the uniform and helmet 56 times in his Big Reds career. He was the one flipping 200-plus-pound tires and pouring sweat. He was the one sacrificing, along with dozens of teammates.

Do you want to know how he chose to express himself after his final high school game? He gave coach Shane Fairfield a big hug in the middle of Ford Field. He looked at the big picture.

The coaching staff has been a really big part of my life and success, he said.

After seeing what Ive seen following Muskegon High School athletics in the past year, and especially Big Reds football the good (so much of it is good), the bad and the ugly my No. 1 takeaway is this:

Billie and the Big Reds have won, clearly.

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Coaches have always sought to help their clients improve. Moving forward, strategically applying technology alongside their own judgement, warmth, and integrity will be an increasingly important way for them to do so. The authors describe four key areas where technology can transform the act and the impact of coaching: 1) Technology can help monitor progress towards goals against a clear baseline. 2) It can build a richer picture of what the client is saying (and not saying). 3) It can develop options based on scenarios, simulations, and extrapolations. 4) It can use nudges to encourage and reinforce target behaviors.

Years ago, executive coaching was stigmatized as remedial help for underperformers. More recently, its transformed into an elite, high-cost activity, often reserved for the highest-status executives. But in both cases whether helping the worst or the best performers executive coaching has been inherently small scale, due to its bespoke, one-on-one nature. Organizations have increasingly embraced the idea of internal leaders providing more coaching to their direct reports.

Now, technology is now making it possible for far greater numbers of employees to benefit from outside executive coaching at scale. At a basic level, platforms are making it easier to find and select a coach, to do long-distance coaching via video conferencing or potentially evenholoportation in the future and to manage the administration involved.

Additionally, some coaching tech has enabled coaching conversations without the involvement of a human at a much lower cost. Bots, such as Pocket Confidant and People Squared, allow people to ask questions, work on simulation challenges, and practice their skills in competitive games. Technology and AI permit this to happen anytime and anywhere. Some companies, such as Axa and IBM, are encouraging their adoption to provide large-scale access to coaching.

But perhaps the biggest impact of technology will come from how it enables individual executive coaches (or leaders who act as coaches) to better connect with and serve their clients. This will help to supplement their powers of recall, observation, interpretation, visualization, and encouragement. There are four key areas where technology can transform the act and the impact of coaching. In many cases, the tech solutions have emerged from applications in other contexts, such as sports coaching and customer research.

Of course there are perils to avoid. Too much technology could impede the efficacy and experience of coaching. Coachees could become overly dependent on the answers provided by a bot. Coaches and coachees may hold back, editing what they say for fear of how the app will use their information. The coach may feel overloaded with information, which could result in inertia or confusion.

But in many instances (think humans and chess), weve seen that the mix of human and machine insight is superior to either alone. It may even become harder to coach without technology as its application increases. Coachees will expect it over time, not least because AI and analytics are playing more prominent roles in their lives, from Netflix recommendations to AI-enhanced customer service. Indeed, there are some scenarios in which people prefer the judgement of algorithms to that of humans for example, when they are given advice in response to a question.

Coaches have always sought to help their clients improve. Moving forward, strategically applying technology alongside their own judgment, warmth, and integrity will be an increasingly important way for them to do so.

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BOSTON Boston College athletic director Martin Jarmond didnt want to wait before replacing football coach Steve Addazio, and he isnt any more patient when it comes to making the program competitive in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

A day after firing Addazio, Jarmond said he wouldnt delay the decision until after the Eagles bowl game because of the recruiting calendar and a coaching market that has already seen big names sign elsewhere. Jarmond said he would like to make a hire by the national early signing day on Dec. 18.

He says theres no reason why the new coach cant make the Eagles more nationally relevant immediately.

Were not taking a step back. This is all about moving forward, Jarmond said Monday, a day after firing Addazio at the end of a 6-6 regular season that was barely good enough to qualify for a bowl game. This is a launch pad now.

A former assistant at Notre Dame who was part of the staff of two national championship teams at Florida, Addazio spent seven seasons in Chestnut Hill but could never surpass seven wins. This year, the Eagles lost to Kansas a 21-point underdog by 24 points, and needed a win in Pittsburgh in the regular-season finale to reach bowl eligibility.

I look at momentum. I look at energy. I look at progress. Are we progressing? Jarmond said. If youre not progressing, then youre either stalling or youre moving back. And we want to move forward. ... I want a program thats constantly moving forward, pushing it, progressing.

Jarmond said the next coach will be someone that understands Boston College, including the Jesuit values of serving others. He also listed as qualities he is looking for: integrity, leadership and ability to teach the game but teach the skills that they need for life, before eventually mentioning someone that wins.

We want to win and we want to be competitive, Jarmond said. And we talk about competitive excellence and thats something that were going to look for.

Wide receivers coach Rich Gunnell, who played at BC from 2006-09, when the Eagles reached the ACC title game in back-to-back years, will take over on an interim basis and will coach the Eagles in the bowl game. Gunnell will not interview for the long-term job, Jarmond said.

As a prideful, proud BC man, Im just going to continue to preach what were all about, Gunnell said Monday. Thats toughness and faith and all those good things, and high-character guys. ... Weve got great kids in that locker room. And just making sure that theyre all on the same page with what were trying to accomplish, and thats winning this bowl game.

A hockey school that has been slow to embrace its revenue sports, especially during an unprecedented era of success in Boston sports this millennium, BC went almost a decade without making The Associated Press Top 25 before earning a brief appearance last season. It has been 13 years since the Eagles finished in the postseason rankings the schools longest drought since the poll expanded to 25 teams in 1989.

Addazio took over a team that had gone 2-10 in Frank Spazianis final year and immediately won seven games. But the expected next step never came: the Eagles won exactly seven games in five of his first seasons. He was given an extension through 2022 last year to calm the fears of recruits, but that was more of a restructuring that wound up paving the way for his departure.

I felt really good about the progress that we were making last year, Jarmond said. We just felt like the trajectory that we were on, I didnt feel like we were making the progress competitively that we needed to. We want to be more competitive in conference and nationally, and I just felt with the total body of work that it was time to make a change.

Also over the weekend, several former BC players took to social media after Addazio was fired to complain that he had not treated them well since they left the school.

Running back Andre Williams, who ran for more than 2,000 yards for BC in 2013 and played parts of four seasons in the NFL, said on Twitter, Yo! Can I just tell yall how happy I am for BC football right now?! He went on to tell a story about Addazio snubbing him when he returned to campus to be honored.

Josh Keyes, a linebacker who was with five NFL teams over four seasons, said in a post titled The Full Story: Why I was banned by Steve Addazio that people from the BC coaching staff tried to get him cut by the Atlanta Falcons after noticing that he liked a Facebook post questioning the direction of the program. When he tried to attend a BC football game, he was told by a football staffer, Addazio does not want you here, he said.

Other players defended the coach, including offensive lineman Matt Patchan and running back Myles Willis.

It is easy to throw stones at someone when they are down, wrote Patchan, who played for Addazio at Florida and then followed him to BC. I dont think anyone has more Addazio stories than me lol. ... But if anyone wants to hear the truth feel free to talk to me. I was there. Passionate guy no doubt but unbiased and fair.

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The Penn State football team received mostly good news on Saturday.

A 10-win regular season is in the bag thanks to a 27-6 win over Rutgers, and head coach James Franklin revealed following the game that both quarterback Sean Clifford and back Noah Cain could have played if the program needed them. Instead, they were given time to heal up before the postseason.

One negative area, however, is that its unclear how long the Lions will be without two other injured starters, end Yetur Gross-Matos and corner Tariq Castro-Fields. Similarly, its unknown if corner John Reid, tackle Rasheed Walker, or guard Steven Gonzalez will be ready to play in December after each left the triumph over the Scarlet Knights due to injury.

All that aside, one other shot of positive information came courtesy of a social media post, as sophomore tight end Pat Freiermuth revealed following the win that he would return to college for the 2020 season. Thats a significant plus, as he is a vital member of the team who was eligible for next years NFL Draft since he played one season at a prep school and thus is three years removed from high school.

The brotherhood and family atmosphere in this program is something Im not ready to leave yet, Freiermuth wrote. The culture Coach Franklin and the staff have created here is something very special and I love being apart of it.

Freiermuth is an extraordinary piece of this PSU offense, too, as he is often a top target in the passing game each week and also has strong run-blocking abilities.

Youve seen what he does, back Journey Brown said. Its very positive and happy to have him back.

Added defensive tackle PJ Mustipher, who is Freiermuths roommate:

He means the world to this program and is a captain as a sophomore. Hes a special football player and a great guy. Hes coming back to ball out and build on what hes done here, and we need him for this team.

The return news is especially helpful considering receiver KJ Hamler is also draft eligible, though he has not revealed his stay or go decision just yet.

Watching the coaching carousel

Head coach James Franklin said hed be happy to stop talking about the fact that his name has been linked to opportunities elsewhere, and seemed to imply that a new contract extension could be coming during his postgame news conference.

Whatever Franklin decides -- and the odds point to him staying at this point -- two things are clear: The players love playing for him, but they also realize that coaching is a business.

He comes in every day positive, great work ethic, and I think hes the engine to this program, linebacker Micah Parsons said.

At the end of the day, its a business. Im the first one to say, I think someone should do the best thing for them. Interest is always going to be there for a good coach.

Mustipher later explained what Franklin means to the program.

He means a lot, Mustipher said. Hes a leader and what you want to be as a man. I look up to Coach Franklin personally. Hes a special guy, and why I came to Penn State. He prepares you for football at the next level and life.

Moving on

Next up on the docket is recruiting trips for the coaches and relaxation for the players as we all await the bowl destination.

Stay tuned for the latest.

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John Jay-East Fishkill High School wrestling coach Jamie Weaver poses with Tyler Albis.(Photo: Courtesy photo)

Jamie Weaver was working as an officer in the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision in 1997.

Its a dangerous job. Officers risk injury from belligerent inmates, transporting them and conducting body searches. Despite being a tall and brawny former wrestler at Spackenkill High School, Weaver was the victim of such circumstances. He was assaulted by an inmate who attacked him with a homemade razor blade.

The prisoner who charged at him was young 19 years old and he slashed Weavers face and chest, leaving him with gashes and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Weaver gained perspective from the harrowing experience.

Just the fact that a kid that young has no life ahead of him now," he said."It made me think,maybe I could possibly make a difference in one kids life."

Weaver found a way to make a difference in many kids lives, coaching the sport he loves. He got a job at John Jay-East Fishkill as an assistant wrestling coach in 2000, and took over the program as head coach for Tom Roger in2004.

Over the years, hes played a part in the growth of his wrestlers and guided them to impressive feats,including Section 1 titles, school records, and trips to Albany for the statetournament. Before his 20th year as a John Jay coach, though, Weaver decided this season would be his last.

With his daughters getting older and with plans to eventually move south, it was time, he said. But no matter where he goes, he isnt going to forget the impact coaching has made on him.

Its been a life-changing experience, said Weaver, who has accrued more than100 victories. What had happened to me just prior to moving into that position and stepping up to the varsity position. Over the years, Ive heard kids say, Youve done so much for me, but if they only know how much theyve all done for me.

"It brings tears to my eyes, thinking about it. Its amazing what Ive gotten from it.

John Jay-East Fishkill High School wrestling coach Jamie Weaver poses after collecting his 100th career win.(Photo: Courtesy photo)

Likewise, his wrestlers have learned a lot from him.

Hes one of those people, no matter what, hes always in your corner, said Jay Albis, a 2015 John Jay graduate whom Weaver coached to a second-place finish in the state championships as a senior. He goes beyond wrestling. Hes a mentor you can look up to off the mat.

Weaver said he isnt sure who is going to succeed him as coach, but he hopes the position goes to someone withinthe Patriotswrestling family.

I would love (for it to be) a former Jay wrestler," he said."Even though Im not a former Jay wrestler, I feel like an alumnus of John Jay because of the amount of time Ive been there. Id love to see a former wrestler come back and continue on something I have worked so hard at.

After wrestling at the varsity level for six years at Spackenkill, Weaver went on to wrestle at SUNY Morrisville. In his first year out of college, he went back to Spackenkill as an assistant coach for one season before joining the corrections department.

His schedule at the department didnt allow him to continue coaching at first. Following the slashing incident, he was placed on disability. It was during that time when a friend told him about the assistant coachopening at John Jay.

He jumped at the chance and got the job, easing the pressure from his post-traumatic stress disorder a mental health condition that is triggered by memories of a terrifying event in the process.

Jamie Weaver, John Jay wrestling coach(Photo: Courtesy photo)

I had mentioned that Id like to get back into it, Weaver said. And I knew that first day, it was just ...something about it really put me at ease and took a lot of the outside stress and anxiety that I suffered away. I got rid of it for those couple hours in the wrestling room each day.

When he took over as head coach, he felt even better.

In his first year, Kevin Bohren wona section championship. Bohren had approached him on the first day of practice, full of excitement and with dreams of Weaver leading him to glory.

(When) he jumped into my arms and it was such an incredible feeling, Weaver said of Bohren's championship match. We practiced all year and when he won the section title down in New Rochelle that year, he was coming off the mat, pointing at me like, Here I come!

Bohren certainly wasn'tthe only athlete who has leaped into Weavers arms after a big victory.

Four years ago, Albis said he did so, when he reached the 113-pound state final. Albis lost a close match a 3-2 decision in triple overtime to Huntingtons John Arceri. But, he had defeated Wantaghs Kyle Quinn in the semifinals, avenging three losses in their previous meetings.

John Jay wrestling coach Jamie Weaver looks on as Randy Earl and Jack Bokina of Mattituck face off for the 126 pound title at the 51st Annual Mid-Hudson Wrestling Invitational at Arlington High School December 28, 2016.(Photo: Michael Giacalone for The Poughkeepsie Journal)

Weaver called it thrilling and one of his fondest memories. Albis said hes honored to have that moment rank among Weavers finest.

For me to be a part of one of his favorite moments, nothing makes me happier, Albis said. It makes me excited that throughout his long career of coaching that its going to stick with him.

Albis went on to win twoNCAA Division III titles, wrestling for Johnson & Wales University. He said Weaver was the first person he received a congratulatory phone call from followingboth wins.

The John Jay-East Fishkill High School wrestling team poses with coach Jamie Weaver, pictured in the back left.(Photo: Courtesy photo)

Weaver rememberscoaching current Roy C. Ketcham coach Chris Perry during a section final in his junior year a bout in which Perry dislocated his shoulderbut still managed to win.

It was the most heart-wrenching moment in my coaching career but he was destined to win that match, Weaver said.

Weaver has also seen school records come and go.

In 2017, Randy Earl set the program mark for career wins with 218, passing Weaver's former pupil Dale White. Tyler Albis, Jay Albis younger brother, has a chance to break Earls record this season.

White was a part of another one of Weavers favorite memories.

White was overweight for his first trip to the state tournament, but shaved pounds and eventually reached the fifth-place match. Down by two points, he managed an escape. Then, with three seconds left, Weaver gave White some advice.

Do whatever it takes to take this guy down, Weaver explained to his wrestler.

White heeded his coachs words and went on to win the match.

The Times Union Center erupted, Weaver added. It was crazy.

Weaver will coach his final regular-season home match on Jan. 30 against East Ramapo.

I got a few (wrestlers) who have said, No coach, you cant retire. Come on, you got another year,'" Weaver said."Its very heartwarming to hear that. Its nice to know that I mean that much to them, because its not just a relationship in the wrestling room.

A.J. Martelli: amartelli@poughkeepsiejournal.com, 845-437-4836, Twitter:@AJ_Martelli

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