A Championship Run – Todd G. Gongwer

The Carolina Crusaders had all of their coaches read “Lead For God’s Sake” by Todd G. Gongwer last season and it changed the way we approached coaching our team. Take a look at the story about how the book changed Urban Meyer that just posted on ESPN. It really cool to see how God used this book to reach so many people through a parable about a coach.  We highly recommend it to all of the Crusaders coaches, players and parents.

How Urban Meyer found his balance



A Championship Run!

By Todd G. Gongwer

With all the hype around the upcoming College Football National Championship I thought I’d share with you a few cool things happening in the world of LEAD…for God’s Sake.

Ohio State’s Head Football Coach Urban Meyer has continued to be a huge part of this journey, and as he prepares for another shot at the top, he has continued to reference the book as one of the key “game changers” in his life leading up to this point. Below are comments he shared at the National Championship Media Day, after being asked about LEAD…for God’s Sake and how often he references it.

I’m so appreciative of his genuine heart for this message! But most importantly, it’s been an incredible blessing to see the consistent peace in his eyes as he’s climbed back to this spot!

Stay tuned over the next few days for stories I’ve been interviewed for on popular platforms such as ESPN.com (story will be posted Sunday and Monday), Fansided.com (a part of SI.com (Sports Illustrated)), and I’ll also be live on the Doug Gottlieb Show Monday at 5:00PM. Don’t forget to tune in!

Thanks again for helping us share the message!

Big News!!!

The Carolina Crusaders are proud to announce that Coach Jeff Long will be returning to the team as varsity head coach for the 2015 season! Coach Long has coached the Carolina Crusaders to championships in 2011 & 2012.

I am very excited to have the opportunity to return to coaching for the team and organization that I love. The Carolina Crusaders provides a wonderful opportunity for players and coaches to participate in the game of football while growing as men of faith. I am looking forward to getting back on the field. Come and join me for the 2015 season!

Coach Jeff Long

The Love Of The Game

Does one season define a career? This is the question that you may think ran through the varsity Crusaders minds throughout the up and down 2014 football season. Seniors Blake Putnam, Brian White, Andrew Poe, Ben Robinson, John Brock and Daniel Jensen had known what it felt like to lose a game, but it had been a long time since they had ended a season without a championship. Back to Back to Back champions for the last three seasons. Yet the sting of a final loss to the Hickory Hawks Friday Night made it hard to think about past wins and loses.

You see, it was never about the streak, the dynasty or the championships. It wasn’t about even winning or losing for most of these young men. No, they just wanted to play the game and that they loved so much. To be around their teammates, coaches, comrades, brothers in Christ. To sweat it out in hot Carolina sun at practice, so they could battle it out under the lights on Saturday nights. The hitting, running, tackling, the sights, sounds and smells of the game. The sting they felt was not because they lost the game. It was because it they knew that they had just played their final play as a Crusader. An end to what had become a normal way of life for the past 4-5 years. And as the clock ran down and the tears flowed in the final seconds Friday night, these young men continued to do what they loved to do until the last whistle blowed. They played the game they loved…They played Crusader Football!

Does one season define a career? Not when your playing for more than final score.

Not when your playing for the love of the game.

Shutdown and Shutout!

Greensboro gave everything they had against the Crusaders on Saturday with a tremendous passing game. The Crusaders defense gave it right back to them by shutting down the areal attack and not allowing a single point in the game. The Crusaders offense put up 42 points with huge efforts by Daniel Jensen, John Brock, Brian White, Tim Gordon and Andrew Poe in a much needed win. Next up Hickory!

Final Score:

Carolina Crusaders 42

Greensboro Panthers 0

Game Day Change!!

Fridays game with the Cabarrus Stallions has been moved to Saturday because of weather. Games will no be played at Westminster Catawba Christian School at 6:00pm JV Kickoff & 8:00pm Varsity Kickoff.

No games tonight, no practice tonight. All JV players please report to the field by 5:00 pm dressed and ready to go. All varsity players please report to the field by 7:00 pm dressed and ready to go.

A Tale of Two Champions

It was a tale of two champions Friday night in Rock Hill, SC. The defending PFL JV champions came looking to hold on to their 2013 title while the defending 2013 PFL varsity champions looking to 4-peat. Both teams came up short of their quest. The Lake Norman JV team took their efforts into overtime before losing to the Crusaders on an interception in the end zone. The Crusaders varsity team met their match with a powerful Lake Norman Storm offense that scored quickly and often to keep a sizable lead of the defending champions most of the game. Dalton Moon went to the air several times with big completions while John Brock and Brian White hammered the Storm with a ground assault but it wasn’t enough to calm the Storm. Congratulations to the Lake Norman Storm on their big win.

Final Score:

Carolina Crusaders 28

Lake Norman Storm 56

Carolina Varsity Wins in OT!

Defense was the theme in Asheville as the Carolina Crusaders and Asheville Saints battled Saturday afternoon. Asheville’s touchdowns came late in the third quarter and their defense stopped Carolina in the 4th quarter to set up a game tying touchdown with seconds left in the 4th. The Crusaders defense stopped the extra point attempted and then quickly scored in OT to put them up by 8 points. Asheville’s offense was stymied in their attempt to tie the game and the Crusaders pulled out a win in a hard fought battle in the mountains of Asheville.

Final Score:

Carolina Crusaders 28

Asheville Saints 20