What Parents and Players are Saying About The Victory Way
Victory Coaches & Administrators,
For the last 3 years my son, Christian Wright, has played exclusively for Victory teams, including Select and Box. This winter season he will be joining our local team (OC Rebels) so that he can play alongside and build relationships with the kids that he’ll likely play in high school with next year. As excited as he is for this opportunity to continue to grow and develop his lacrosse skills with a new team, he will really miss his Victory family.
As he moves on to another team and program I wanted to send a sincere thank you for the positive impact and influence you’ve had in Christian’s young athletic career. He may be wearing a different uniform this next season, but I am confident that he will continue to represent “The Victory Way”, carrying the principles the program practices, promotes, and teaches, with him on (and off) the field—a Victory ambassador. 🙂
Thank you, ALL, for shaping my son’s life and the lives of so many players in the tough competitive environment of youth sports today. DIG for Life!
With my sincerest appreciation,
“I wanted to say thank you for the absolutely critical role you both (Glen and Holly) played in helping my daughter navigate the challenges of growing from childhood to a young adult and helping to build the self-respect that comes through competitive team sports. I think I’ve said this to you both individually but Victory is the best athletic experience I have ever been associated with either for myself or for my kids and we appreciate all this has done for us”
– Jay Doherty
“Thank you sooooo much John, Sushi, Gunner and Hunter for all of the time, love, energy, dedication and faithfulness you poured into these awesome boys!!!! What an incredible season and it wouldn’t have been possible without your devotion to the boys and to the game of lacrosse!!! You are all amazing!!!!
With much gratitude.”
– Angie & Kevin T.
“The clinic was fantastic. Holly had a great program and is an excellent teacher. I was able to begin teaching a few of the items learned to our team at the game that night and will introduce more at our practice this week.”
– John Gallagher
“On our way to the game on Sunday one of our fine young Victory coaches was in the car in front of us. After we exited the freeway and before we reached the school, I saw the young man do something that made me so happy that my son is part of the Victory organization. He reached out his window and handed a homeless man a gift card. It was so fast I almost missed it. My son didn’t though. It made him feel proud that his coach is so kind and giving. WOW! It is one thing to see an organization’s ‘Mission Statement’ but quite another to see these young men living it. Character is what you are when no one is looking – you know who you are Coach – Thank you!”
“Thank you Coach!
My wife and I fully support the approach you are taking, the values you are teaching our boys and the importance you are placing on keeping our young men playing, learning and growing and not necessarily on winning at all costs. It’s unfortunate the some of us parents get caught up in living vicariously through our kids and forget about what is really important…teaching our kids how to be strong, positive and continue to strive to do their best despite challenges that may be above their current abilities and skills.
Our boy is not yet one of the gifted players on the field given his newness to the game and some other challenges he will need to overcome before being able to compete at a higher level however; the approach you are taking in fielding U13 teams which affords the kids to see a lot of playing time and providing them with opportunities to develop for a day when the games matter a bit more is certainly the preferred approach to assembling a team of 25 kids which results in limited playing time like the team the boys played this past weekend. I believe your approach will produce kids who possess more advanced skills when they reach high school and beyond.
I also want to thank you for responding so quickly whenever you hear/sense things like this may be creeping into your organization. No one enjoys being on the losing end of lopsided games; it’s much more fun when playing golf with buddy’s, attending a party etc. To tell our friends about how our boys win games…we just have to remind ourselves it’s about our boys and their long term growth and not about instant gratification for us parents.
Stay the course you have used to produce many successful lacrosse players and teams…perhaps in lieu of complaining maybe a few of us parents could find an hour or two more a week to work on our son’s games ourselves.”
“Thank you Coach Glen and your staff for a great experience!
My son Christopher very much enjoyed his Victory summer lacrosse camp. He was tired after each day because he worked hard, but at the end he was smiling and even made a few new friends at camp.
Being involved as a parent and assistant coach, I fully understand and appreciate the work involved for a camp to be successful. I would simply like to acknowledge a very well run camp, You have as you know a great group of helpers, a great group of young men.”
“As a dad of a Lax kid, I couldn’t be happier with his experience in Victory/FCA this summer. Without exception we have been thrilled with all coaches and guidance they shared over the past year. I’m excited that Eric’s passion for Lax is at an all time high and know that you and all those involved have had a great influence on him and his potential.”
I have some great news that I would like to share with you about my son. He received his first college acceptance package yesterday from Arizona State University! We received the letter in Saturday’s mail and I wanted to share the excitement with you right away. I also want to thank you for the incredible mentor, coach and person you have been for my son. His interest in college flourished under your watch and since the beginning of lacrosse. I will always be grateful for the way you contribute to my son, and all the boys in LAX. I know it is sometimes difficult to be a coach and in that regard, I wanted you to know and see first hand the difference you’ve made in his life.”
“My husband, Mitch and I were so very impressed with the spring clinics, the wonderful job you and your coaching staff did with the kids, the whole coaching philosophy. In short – we’re fans!”
“Coach – I, for one, cannot thank you enough for the opportunity you have given our son as well as several other players. You know how I feel about this since I mentioned it to you the first day we met. Here in Orange County, there are not enough “leagues” to play summer lacrosse. You filled that void and we look forward to participating with you next year. For a “first time” league, you were the best!”
“Coach Miles – Just wanted to thank you – our son (and us too) had a great experience and we appreciate all your planning and efforts.”
“Thank you for the amazing club season. You taught me things that I could never get from school. If you ever need an Assistant Coach in a few years I would like to.”
– David Rudge
“Glen and all of you at Victory – Just signed my son for your Victory Lacrosse program. After reading through your website – I am more than thrilled that my son will play under your leadership and principles. I have said for years that if men could learn to be men again, then woman could be woman and children could be children – then, and only then will the family survive. Thank you for playing a part in teaching my son what it looks like to become a man.”
“It is with gratitude that we write to thank you for your instruction today. What a fresh change, to see principles other than winning exemplified. We were impressed by your philosophies online (which is why we chose Victory) but spending time observing today far exceeded our expectations. Our son, Chase, came off the field and said, ‘This is the best first day of sports that I have ever had, the coaches are all really encouraging and they were all so organized’. We look forward to partnering with you as these boys develop in to fine young men under your leadership. Thank you for sharing your God-given gifts so generously!”
– John and Kristan
“I want to say firstly that my son loved it yesterday! He wasn’t sure what to wear, so he wore his Naval Academy shorts which are not the normal long shorts. I think he was a bit overwhelmed by all the kids and being its mainly all south county kids he really didn’t know anyone, and he noticed quite a few kids from the same programs. He was one of the smaller guys and kind of lingering near the back of the group most of the time. I was really curious to see what he thought afterwards. He loved it, he said he was a bit nervous. He loved all the coaches, and the young man who just graduated from the Academy helped Jake set his helmet and stick during warm ups and mentioned he was number 17, which is the number of his VLAX pennie. He wanted to tell him so badly he went to the Navy lacrosse camp, and wanted to meet you as well. He has Sectional Finals in San Marcos next week for soccer, and if they don’t finish top two in their group he is determined to get back for lacrosse on Sunday.
The program far exceeds what I expected, and reading the book really has helped me in lots of ways. I have come to draw many of these conclusions, but I think it has helped me connect some line together. I really think this program and book is just another tool to help me be the father I want to be to my son. You may not just be helping the boys, you may by your example help some of to be better fathers. I have ordered 20+ copies of Season of Life, and my idea was to get them to you and get them to the parents. I thought maybe once they read the book the could pass the book on to another person. I should have them by Thursday, and being that we may not make it Sunday. I was wondering if there is somewhere we can send them to you or I can have one of my employees drop them off to you. Sorry for the long email, I get a bit carried away when I am excited about something!”
“Dalton has been taking goalie lessons from “Paddie” through Victory Lacrosse he is a wonderful guy, Dalton just loves him and has really helped Dalton understand the game. Paddie is a real quality guy. We appreciate him coming into our lives. Your Glen has been wonderful with Dalton too very encouraging and inspiring as well, it’s great. Dalton’s manager position with ET Lacrosse this year has been very good for Dalt and it’s inspired him to try out for Goalie in the fall. Dalt is also doing “House of Speed” that he just loves too – another great group of men running that program. We continue to push Dalt to achieve some of the dreams he is working towards; we are very lucky to have a good son that loves the game of lacrosse and he loves helping people too. Please tell Glen how much we appreciate all Paddie and Glen have done to inspire Dalton to push on and go for his goal.”
“I just wanted to thank you for the great session yesterday. My wife and I are looking forward to a great experience for our son, Blake. It was great to hear such an emphasis on building the boys’ character. We’ve been very fortunate to have some great youth level coaches in a variety of sports, but unfortunately not enough of them take advantage of the unique opportunity they have to mold the kids into better all-around human beings. I know what a huge part team sports played in my development and feel it is important for kids to learn to work together with others and be supportive of a team environment and that winning is not the only thing!”