Pictured Left to Right: Chuck Bradley, Savannah Area FCA Representative for Bryan and Effingham Counties and Coach James Finlen.
November 2017 Savannah Area FCA Coach of the Month - Coach James Finlen of South Effingham High School
The Savannah Area Fellowship of Christian Athletes would like to congratulate Coach James Finlen for being selected as the November 2017 Savannah Area FCA Coach of the Month. Coach Finlen serves as the Head Boys Basketball Coach at South Effingham High School, and is well respected within the community for his impact as a coach, as well as his passion to reach students for Christ. Coach Finlen was awarded a Savannah Area Fellowship of Christian Athletes Framed Certificate and a $100 gift card from the Savannah Area FCA.
From our staff at the Savannah Area FCA, we would like to say thank you to Coach Finlen for his unwavering commitment to Christ, as well as his involvement as with FCA on campus at South Effingham High School.
Interview with Coach Finlen
Name: James Finlen
Family Information: Wife- Kristen and Dogs, Trooper, Kally, Brownie & the late Dakota
School: South Effingham High
Sports Currently Coaching: Boys Basketball
Favorite Bible Verse: Timothy 1:7
Favorite Food: Crab legs
Interesting Fact: My wife and I rescue dogs
As a coach that is focused on living out your faith on and off the field, what have you learned about yourself?
Enjoy the ride, it’s a marathon not a sprint & lead by example. The only real mistake is the one which you learn nothing from.
What are some key principles that you try to instill in the coaches and student athletes you work with daily?
Sharing, Sacrificing & Practicing Gratitude.
What are some things you do every day to make sure you stay focused on your relationship with Christ?
Pray, Practice Gratitude
What are some things you do every day to stay focused on your family?
Pay attention & spend quality time
What are you focused on right now that you believe will help you become a better coach?
Communicating/ Balancing Affirmation & Constructive Criticism
How has the ministry of FCA impacted you as a coach, and how are you using FCA as a coach?
I am fairly new to FCA but I saw an extremely positive benefit from the b-ball camp that we attended this summer. I noticed changes in athletes during the camp, which faded over the remainder of the summer into the new school year. I am focused on athletes having more frequent opportunities.
It’s the last play of the game and the game is on the line. You huddle up your players to motivate them. What do you say?