About Fred

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I want to keep you from making the same stupid mistakes I made as a student athlete in high school and college.  I have ADHD, something that I neither knew about nor understood until I was in graduate school where I studied to become a history professor. As a college professor I ask students on the first day of class: what do you want to be doing five to ten years from now? 70% of the student say they don't know but many of them took out student loans to attend college.  Statistic tells us that half of the students who start college dropout and don't finish yet and the ones that don't finish still have student loans to pay back, now that is scary! What is your gift and and what's the best way to prepare to use that gift to serve others and earn a living in the process? Let's not assume that you need a college degree to use your gift to serve others and make a living. I have a PhD because it's an requirement for my chosen profession as a college history professor. So how did I do a total student athlete makeover? 

I decided to work like it all depended on me, because it did and pray like it all depended on God, because it did. This work/faith strategy has been central to my makeover. It's given me the ability to bounce back from stupid mistakes. Second, I started reading like crazy using audio books because ADHD makes it challenging for me to read hard copy books (see my suggested reading list below). Third, everyone needs a good mentor and I’ve been blessed with some great ones. Finally, I started listening to Dave Ramsey's podcast and using his baby steps to financial freedom. Now I use my gifts and what I have learned to positively impact those around me. My mantra is, do the right thing, give your best effort, and care about others. 


Fred is a brilliant scholar and one of the most thoughtful, compassionate human beings I know. I’m proud to call him a friend.”
— Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Author of The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America, Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
I’ve learned allot about culinary history from Fred Opie’s published works and from his outstanding blog. He is a dedicated scholar doing fascinating work.
— Paul Freedman, Author of Ten Restaurants That Changed America, Chester D. Tripp Professor of History, Yale University
Frederick Douglass Opie is one of the leading interpreters of food in the American experience. His podcast and blog make him a true public intellectual.
— Jeffrey M. Pilcher, Author of Planet Taco: A Global History of Mexican Food, Professor of History, University of Toronto
Fred Opie is a gifted historian, interviewer, and speaker. His work on food and sports chronicles important cultural changes over time and place. Listen to his podcasts and you will learn something from each one.
— Kathleen Giblin Ray, PhD, LCSW, Assistant Professor, Ramapo College
Fred Opie and I have worked side by side to help build FCA Lacrosse and promote its message of helping lacrosse coaches and athletes fulfill their God given potential mentally, physically, and spiritually. Fred is a great mentor and I am honored to call him a friend.
— Frank Kelly III
Fred Opie is an exemplary person who is the same in public as he is in private.  He has a personal discipline that I do not see in many people.  I suppose some of that stems from disciplines he developed as an All American athlete.
— Dr. Torrey Robinson, Senior Pastor First Baptist Church, Tarrytown New York
Fred Opie was really helpful in developing a culture of character over talent and helping all of us understand what true integrity is and how to pursue it.
— Hank Janczyk, Head Men's Lacrosse Coach, Gettysburg College
I was fortunate to have Fred Opie as my Assistant Coach at Gettysburg College while he had been playing lacrosse, attending graduate school, and serving as an interim dean. He worked at becoming better every day and taught his players how to do the same. Fred Opie’s impact is carried with me today and I reference him often.
— Steve Koudelka, Assistant Athletic Director and Men's Lacrosse Head Coach, Lynchburg College
As a student athlete at Gettysburg College Fred Opie offered me life strategies beyond the athletic field. Fred showed me the value of transparent heart felt honesty, hard work and helping others. He planted the seeds that later in life all made sense.
— Scott Goldman, Owner, Division 9 Associates, Inc
I took Professor Opie’s Babson Foundation Course on Justice and Inequality in Modern Society knowing he had a reputation of being rigorous. I came out of the class gaining critical academic skills and exposed to important historical and political issues. He motivates you to do your best work, guides you out of your comfort zone, and never stops raising the bar so that you grow and improve both as a scholar and as a human being.
— Adam Kershner, Babson College Class of 2019, Presidential Scholar
I have learned a tremendous amount by taking your classes. I still think you should teach college writing in your spare time.
— John DeVenuto, Marist College Alumnus

Suggested Readings:

Dave Ramsey, The Total Money Makeover

Steve Harvey, Act Like a Success: Discovering Your Gifts And the Way to Life’s Riches

Bill Hybels, Simplify: 10 Practices to Unclutter Your Soul

Dan Miller, 48 Days to the Work You Love

Jon Gordon, Training Camp: A Fable About Excellence

Henry Cloud, Nine Things You Simply Must Do: To Succeed in Love and Life

Jon Acuff, Start: Punch Fear In The Face, Escape Average, Do Work That Matters

Seth Godin, Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

Leo Babauta, Zen Habits: Handbook For Life

James Kerr, Legacy: What the All Blacks Can Teach Us About the Business of Life

Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Emerson Eggerichs, Love and Respect in the Family: The Respect Parents Desire; The Love Children Need