“We have plans, but God directs our path,” says Omar Mance. His own life is proof of that: He went to LSU with hopes of making it to the NBA, but after sensing he needed something different in his life, he transferred to a smaller school, which set him on the road to becoming a coach and mentor. After coaching stints at a wide variety of universities, Mance founded The Circle Legacy, a nonprofit dedicated to helping men become mentors who can make a meaningful impact and leave spiritual legacies of their own. This week he talks with Nate Dewberry about sports, coaching, and being open to seeing how God can turn times of struggle or disappointment into something positive.
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0:00—Intro/How Omar’s parents shaped him and his worldview
5:39—Omar’s journey as an athlete and a Christian
10:27—How Omar got into coaching and ministry
17:18—Omar talks about his wife and son
23:59—Thoughts on building relationships and community
29:23—The coaches who’ve made the biggest impact on Omar and his faith
32:24—Omar’s non-profit organization, The Circle Legacy/a little sports talk