Coach Thomas Wuchner exhibited the kind of intensity I needed in high school. He nurtured values in me that would last a lifetime: patience, confidence, and hard work. The values that were taught to me between the white lines of a tennis court prepared me for the game of life I have since experienced in a black world.
Coach Wuchner provided my first opportunity to lead when he named me co-captain of the tennis team. The message for me was threefold: you are a leader; I believe in you; you can do it. The lesson has stood by me through difficult leadership challenges that I have since experienced.
In the classroom Coach Wuchner taught me high school German. His enthusiasm for the German language and culture encouraged me to pursue a career working among internationals. Coach’s passion for German propelled me to later learn the Macedonian language as well as study Arabic while living in Europe and the Middle East, respectively.
Coach Wuchner mobilized other men to develop my life and abilities. He provided the services of a tennis instructor, Coach Juan, who not only enhanced my game but taught me lasting spiritual values. In addition, Coach set me up with my first mentoring experience with John, a former player in his twenties, who treated me like a brother. At the time I didn’t understand John’s role in my life, but years later my heart filled with gratitude as I understood the significance of a mentor.
Thank you, Coach Wuchner, for believing in me and building a team around me that mentored me and instructed me for success.