My Family —

God has blessed my wife Debi and I with two wonderful sons, and now two amazing daughters. Being a father is perhaps the greatest coaching opportunity of my life. My sons wanted to share a few thoughts about me as their father and coach.

“There is no better example of what it means to be a man of integrity than my father, Gary Lydic. I am truly blessed to have been raised by a man who has put God, his family, and his friends as a top priority in his life. Dad has a true servant’s heart and wants to help as many people as possible. Dad is always the first to introduce himself and then ask how he can help them. When he asks someone how they are doing, he truly wants to know. This is very rare in today’s society. He will lend a listening ear, help coach, or just give a word of encouragement. He has blessed so many people in his life and will continue to do so through Onward & Upward Ministries.”


“In the Bible, Barnabas was an apostle of Paul's and known as the Son of Encouragement because of the way he came alongside the early church and built them up. In the same way, my Dad as been a constant encouragement not only to myself and our family, but to everyone he comes in contact with. He has always been there to encourage me Onward in pursuing my dreams, and reminding me to look Upward when faced with life's difficulties.”

- Brent Lydic