About


about quoteI’m Eli. I’m a coach, writer and dad. Sometimes, all at once.

Sometimes, it’s hard to see the difference! That’s why this blog is called Coach Daddy.

I even have a posting schedule. This from the guy who usually can’t find his wallet, but has seen a UFO.

Monday: Feature posts. Of anything and everything.

Drawing by Elise
Drawing by Elise

Wednesday: Guest blogs.

I have encountered so many incredible people who write, and Wednesday is my chance to feature them. It also provides a much-needed midweek break. Unless you count the time it takes to pick out stormtrooper art on photopin.com, or feature a fitting quote using tools on this site.

Friday: It’s Go Ask Daddy. My daughters – 9, 13 and 15 – ask questions, and dad answers. Eventually. I have a list of more than 200 unanswered questions, and I pick five at random (thanks random.org) to answer every week.

Sometimes I even remember to give the kids their answers.

Monthly: The 6 Words post is here to stay. Can’t believe it’s more than a year old. My favorite author ever, Ernest Hemingway, once said you can tell any story in a six-word sentence. It’s easier to write one in 600.

All month, I ask bloggers, friends, strangers, and strange blogger friends to respond to a prompt. Some have even written posts dedicated to the prompt. It comes to you the last Wednesday of every month.

If you email me, or if I wind up on your blog that month, there’s a good chance I’ll ask you for your contribution.

This began as a blog about fatherhood and coaching soccer. I’ve found so many similarities. I’ve also discovered ways in which the experiences impact life. And how life can impact fatherhood and coaching.

I’m a Rockies fan and a dreamer.

I’m a foodie and a diabetic. And a former sports writer.

I’m a disc golfer and a lover of the very nature I endanger every time I take up a disc and take aim at a basket.

I believe in the power of a comment, the value of others’ words, and that the good will eventually rise to the surface.

I’m a man who writes like a woman, I’ve been told. I’ve even been told I’m 30% girl. I took it as a compliment. I don’t think I write like a woman. I write like a man who accidentally drank a bottle of whatever juice leads to the awesomeness women have a corner on.

Consider me a contribution to science, and goodwill worldwide, coming at you three times a week.

Or just a distraction.

Either/or. Thanks for the page hit.

Let me hear from you, too.

Eli

epacheco(at)redventures.com

Twitter: @Eliatcoachdaddy

193 thoughts on “About”

  1. Seriously….where have I been? What a great mission and site filled with warm and kind words. Any daddy with three daughters has something a little extra to offer the world and I’m so happy our paths crossed this week. I’m on a bit of a writing break…but, I’ll be seeing you around 🙂

    1. I’m just glad you’re here now – and I hope soon I will rummage around in your pages wondering where *I’ve* been. I’m humbled by what my incredible readers have helped create here.

      I feel like as a dad of three daughters, the world has so much to offer me. And just think, all it took was six songs. If you did one of those posts, could you send me a link to it?

      1. Reading what you wrote makes me hope you’ll write again. At least I have some catching up to do until you do! Interesting that you’d pick the same songs … I think sometimes if I wrote it again even today, it might be different.

  2. Hi, I just discovered you via Cynthia at You Signed Up for What?, she was featured in this month’s 6 words post. I have to say, this is the first blog I am subscribing to after just one visit. I looked around and love your perspective on life. Looking forward to your posts!

    1. Hey Michele, welcome – Cynthia is quite the reference. I adore that girl. She does a great job with the 6 words, too, that’s why I keep her around.

      Honored that you’ve enlisted! Your blog’s now in my READ! folder, which is stuffed with great stuff. Can’t wait to look around some more (I just was there).

      Thanks again!

  3. Hi there, I want to thank you for following my blog and taking the time to comment. I have been following your blog for a little while now and I must say, I am a fan. Thanks again.

  4. Hi – thanks for choosing to follow my blog and leading me to yours. I love what you wrote about race and how you’re changing the conversation. Such lovely words and thoughts – authentic and real. – Adriana

    1. Glad I found you – you’ve been in my READ! bookmark folder for a while. So glad you enjoyed the race piece, and the shift in conversation.

      Even if the conversation is just here, I’m grateful.

      1. I’ve been blogging for a little over a year, but I only joined WordPress in May. My current blog, What is Past is Prologue, has only been in existence since August. I still consider myself pretty new to blogging so I really appreciate all the support I’ve been getting from the Word Press community. 🙂

  5. Dude, there are not nearly enough dads out here! I really dig your groovy style (Sorry. Major Monkees fan. I sometimes write in throwback.) ! Thanks for friending me as I am super new to all this online jazz. Looking forward to reading more from you.

    1. There are a few dads out here, but I’ve managed to piss most of them off. I’m down with groovy. I have your blog in my READ! folder and look forward to checking it out!

  6. I have not had time to check out the blogs of all the folks who comment on mine, this has been an intense month for sure. but just now your title made me want to take a look and I really like your comments and thoughts.. Being the mother of three sons and one daughter raising kids was interesting. I never had a sister so was totally foreign about girls even though one myself. I had four brothers and that was my life, a male driven world, so enjoyed reading your blog. will be following it now, thanks

    1. It’s so hard to find time to read when you write everyday! It’s been a blast, though. I’m a boy, but I feel raising a boy would be a challenge. I’d be up for it, though.

      Glad we crossed paths, and I look forward to reading more of you.

  7. Eli, how are you? 😀 I’m so glad that you stumbled upon my neck of the woods, otherwise I wouldn’t have found your blog. Thank you so much for the follow. I have done the same in return. Looking forward to seeing what goodies you have here. 😀 Have a great day.
    ~Dulcinea

  8. I appreciate your voice and what you are doing. Eli. Every daughter needs a father who reflects back to her that it is good to be strong and athletic. I look forward to reading more of your work.

    1. Thanks Chris! I’ve always wanted my girls to have a soft center and tough edges – I’ve found that if I had to choose, I’d rather they had the edges and work on the center. That’s what’s happened, I think.

      So glad to have you here, and look forward to our project. I’ll email you today!

  9. “I believe in the power of a comment, the value of others’ words, and that the good will eventually rise to the surface.”

    …maybe you do write like a girl, because this sounds like something i would say.

  10. Eli, I’m literally laughing to myself in my living room after reading this, and I am grateful that the cat is the only one here to give me an odd look. I don’t know how to even explain why it is so poetic and so funny. You are a talented writer, to be certain, but I am also touched by your frankness and the topics of your blog. I especially love the “6 Word Post” and “Go Ask Daddy” themes. Can’t wait to read more!

    1. Glad you got a laugh, Lulu! Thank you for the kind words. It’s a blast to do this, and it’s wonderful to share it with writers like you. Look forward to reading more on your blog, too.

  11. Thanks for stopping by on Sunday Selfie day! We hope you come back by during Blogging a to z!! I can’t say what my theme is – at least not yet – but it will be fun! Thanks again!! Purrs, Toby

  12. You shine through this page. Well done! You have everything planned out; a big lesson to learn. Keep shining friend. Your light has brightened and will brighten the way for many. I hope to stop by from time to time to learn and draw some inspiration.

    1. Thanks my friend! I appreciate it. I wish I could structure my life as well as I do my blog. It’s an awful lot of fun.

      I’ve read you a while and it’s great to be connected.

  13. Eli, very nice to learn more about you! Thank you very much for following my blog, I will certainly take time to visit yours as well. I hope your day is a happy one! 🙂

    1. Glad you made it over here, new friend. I look forward to reading of your adventures. I’d like to get you into the next six words post. What do you say?

      1. I could certainly try the six words post – no excuses – but I am very busy with moving and my health issues and finding it difficult to write as much as I would like- but I certainly will try. Thank you, I hope you have a great day! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Joylene – it’ll be good to have you along. And thanks for the kind words. There’s too much good stuff out there to while away time away from it. Happy writerhood to us both!

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