Fight For Your Dreams

If you’re having doubts or fears, or a bad day, getting a lot of “declines” (#platchal)–or you’re just having a rough time, this will encourage you. 

My son used to say, “Fight for your dreams.” He used to tell me, “It’s always darkest before the light.” 

Wesley Kosel, Bartlesville, OK Magic around the year 2001 when he was about 11 or 12 years old

He’s been an assistant men’s basketball coach at the college level since he attended the University of Kansas. He worked an unpaid pre-intern season (Haskell Indian Nations University) and an intern season and a second, paid part-time season (Texas Lutheran University) while finishing his bachelors degree through KU and starting his Masters at the University of Houston. Next, he went to Colorado College as the full-time assistant coach where in his second season this year, he and his head coach and the other assistant coach helped their team improve from fifth place the year before, to playing in the SCAC Finals this month for the championship. The Texas Lutheran Bulldogs won by three points, leaving the CC Tigers as runners-up for the 2015-2016 season. 

Coach Wes with Coach Brian (to his right) and Head Coach Andy Partee at the SCAC Finals, February 27, 2016

But you know what? Coach Wes spent two seasons interning and then assistant coaching at TLU before joining with the CC Tigers as full-time assistant in the 2014-2015 season. He helped recruit and coach some of the young men who played his current team in the finals this month, a team he also has helped to recruit and coach. 

With Coach Wes February 2014 to watch him assistant coach a college game for the first time at Texas Lutheran

In his spare time he finished his masters degree, is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and a Certified Personal Trainer, both of which are certifications earned through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He has also worked various summer programs and clinics with youth basketball and high schools. He married his wife, Molly, after a five year courtship that was often long-distance while they both earned their college degrees. 

Wes and Molly, August 14, 2015 on their wedding day.

He’s 26 years old. 

I think he’s on to something.

To read more about Coach Wes Kosel click About Coach Wes

The following link is a video showing some well-known successful people who never gave up, despite all odds. 

Never Give Up


  1. Kudos, Coach Wes ๐Ÿ™‚ Fighting for our dreams is a daily sometimes hourly ongoing process that can easily make us weary, disappointed, anxious, depressed or just plain tuckered out and ready to give up. DON”T ๐Ÿ™‚ Because, you never know what’s waiting just around the corner…could be something GRAND ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ So keep on keeping on and fighting for your dreams like Coach Wes!!!

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  2. Yeah, I’m a little impressed by him. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    He’s a wonderful person. I think he got it honestly, and I give some credit to myself and his father. But Wesley owns most of it. He seemed to grasp early on that life isn’t perfect and people struggle and make mistakes. He would rather lead someone through it all than leave them behind. ๐Ÿ˜Š


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