Auburn Coach Butch Thompson Inspires Students with Message of Faith, Preparation, and Love
Auburn University baseball coach Butch Thompson delivered a powerful message of faith, preparation, and love to students at Oakland Baptist Church in Corinth, Mississippi, on Sunday. The event, titled “Students, Step Up to the Plate,” drew a large crowd of students, parents, and community members.
Thompson was invited to speak by Kossuth student athlete Hank Eaton, who recently signed to play baseball at Auburn.
Thompson, who is entering his ninth season as Auburn’s head coach, spoke about the importance of overcoming fear and embracing confidence in order to achieve success. He encouraged students to turn to their faith for guidance and strength, and to use preparation as a tool to reduce fear and build confidence.
“Your courage has got to be greater than your fear,” Thompson said. “Your confidence has to be greater than your fear.”
Thompson also emphasized the importance of surrounding oneself with positive and supportive people. He used the example of Roger Bannister, the first person to break the four-minute mile, to illustrate the power of having people who believe in you and push you to be your best.
“Don’t let someone tell you that you can’t do something,” he said. “You need people that will push you to run faster than you ever have.”
In addition to his message of faith, preparation, and love, Thompson also shared personal stories and anecdotes from his own life and career. He spoke about the challenges he has faced as a coach, and how his faith and his team have helped him overcome those challenges.
“Victory is already won,” Thompson said. “Stay in the fight. Work hard.”
Thompson’s message resonated with the audience, and many students came up to him after the event to thank him for his words of encouragement.
Thompson’s speech is a reminder that faith, preparation, and love are essential ingredients for success in any area of life.