Jeff Usher is Be There Dad. He became known as “Coach Jeff” during his 15 years of coaching soccer and basketball in a faith-based recreational league, teaching Sunday school and leading other child focused activities. Jeff is the founder of Be There Dad and the author of two books, Be There Dad and Take Them by the Hand. While he works as a lawyer to make a living; supporting children by leading and guiding their dads has become his passion in life. He has been happily married for over 30 years and has two grown children.

Run to Daylight: How Can We Help?

Run to Daylight: What Can We Help? At Be There Dad, the vision embraced by all our dads is that every child will feel the power of presence.  Individually, and collectively, we continually ask how we can best serve the children. How can we use our time, talent, and treasure so that the kids may…

I Can Only Get Better

Today, I re-visit an article we published in 2012.  If you look past the names and location, like so many Be There Dad concepts, I believe the thoughts are as relevant today as they were back then. I Can Only Get Better Like many other Americans, in the past week or so, I have spent…

Mentor You, Mentor Me

I stood on the sidelines and watched our twelve-year-old soccer team run up and down the field. I was pleased. It seemed they were executing what we had taught in practice earlier that week; and when I shouted instructions, they worked to respond accordingly. A coach’s dream. The leader of that orange and black clad…

Climbing the Mountain

Climbing the Mountain: A Reflection of Fatherhood I sat on the edge of Iceberg Lake – a majestic place some 6100 feet up in the mountains of Glacier National Park. My daughter and I congratulated each other on a successful hike; then we “feasted” on the turkey sandwiches we had carried for our lunch on…

My Life is a Movie – Why Not?

Life is My Movie – Why Not? Another article from Coach Jeff. If you choose to read on, when you get to the end, you will have received another dose of faith and hope. That is why I write. As Father’s Day approaches, I think of the most important role in my life and why…

Have a Catch

Have a Catch Some fifty years ago on a beautiful Pennsylvania summer evening, my dad and I were in the front yard of our tiny house having a catch. Back and forth. Back and forth. Throw and catch. For variety, my dad would slip in a ground ball that I would scoop up and fire…

What Have We Learned?

What Have We Learned? I watched the local news today and saw how people were reacting to the gas shortage caused by the southern pipeline shutdown. Unfortunately, I was reminded of how some folks reacted to the toilet paper shortage not long ago. I saw people hoarding. Filling large gas cans with gallons and gallons,…

Evolutionary to Revolutionary

Pre-emergent. Applying this treatment to my lawn is supposed to stop weeds before they appear.  Pre-emergent is about thinking ahead. It is about confronting the weeds that are lurking below the surface before they blossom. My attention to my lawn now will avoid headaches later. If I do not do something, weeds will pop up…