City Folks, Part 3: Mike MacIntyre
Mike MacIntyre is the new head coach of San Jose State Football. He comes from a storied couple of seasons as defensive coordinator at Duke. Where he alongside of Coach David Cutcliffe, helped to rebound a program which won four games from 2004-2007, winning nine games in just two years. In addition to his time at Duke Coach MacIntyre has coach at Ole Miss (Hotty Toddy!), for the New York Jets, and the Dallas Cowboys.
The quality of his coaching is only eclipsed by the character by which he coaches. Coach MacIntyre’s desired legacy has more to do with the kingdom of Christ than with the kingdom of Landry and Bryant. When asked what kind of influence he wanted for me and the FCA staff working with the football team he simply said, “tell them about Chirst.”
Recently I have witnessed this quality in an unprecedented way. As I waited in the background of a team huddle, Coach MacIntyre recalled the highs and lows of the day. Once he concluded his thoughts on the day’s efforts, he then fielded prayer requests. Hearing his players concerns, ranging from final exams to grandparents health concerns, their head coach responds by praying for them by name.
The scoreboard of the Spartans’ success in the upcoming season has yet to be determined. Concurrently the success of their new head coach is unwritten. However, already ingrained in the hearts and minds of his players, the impact of Coach MacIntyre’s love for Christ and desire to see the their lives changed for good, is an unquestionable certainty.