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The Upstream Leader Podcast: Episode 27: Coaching that Lasts a Lifetime


In this episode of The Upstream Leader, Heath Alloway talks with Bryan McKenzie, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Director of Football for the Midwest Region. Bryan shares his leadership journey, which includes making it to the NFL, a career-ending injury, and how he worked through adversity to find his love for coaching. Bryan shares impactful insights on how to be a coach that is remembered for a lifetime..

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Episode Highlights

In this episode we discuss:

  • How to face adversity to find your passion
  • The Four-H approach to investing in your team
  • Recruiting and retention is more than telling people what they want to hear
  • Where and how to best invest your coaching time

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About Bryan:

Bryan McKenzie currently serves with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes as the Director of Football for the Midwest Region. He and his wife, Jonell, have been married for 26 years and have 6 children.

Before serving in his current role with FCA, Bryan served 13 1/2 as the Teaching Pastor at Grace Bible Church of Brazosport in Clute, Texas. Bryan also served on staff with FCA in Central IL from 1995-2003. Bryan was an All-State Football player in High School, an All American in College and then a rookie free agent with the Atlanta Falcons in 1991 where his playing career ended with a shoulder injury.

As a coach Bryan has served as an assistant at the High School and College levels. Bryan graduated from Russell High School in 1986, has a B.A. in Communications and a double minor in Sociology and Religion from Georgetown College. Bryan also has an M.A. in Biblical Studies from Trinity Theological Seminary.