Gansz will always cherish memories of Samoa

Teaching others how to work well together is something that the new Southern Methodist University football coaching staff has been doing all spring with their new team. According to veteran coach and SMU special teams' coordinator Frank Gansz, it was an unbelievable experience for the SMU coaches.

Teaching others how to work well together is something that the new Southern Methodist University football coaching staff has been doing all spring with their new team.

Five of the SMU coaches took this same philosophy to American Samoa late last month, getting similar results from over 500 athletes and coaches.

According to veteran coach and SMU special teams' coordinator Frank Gansz, it was an unbelievable experience for the SMU coaches.

"It was unbelievable to be able to get so many kids to work so hard together," Gansz told PonyStampede.com in a recent interview. "Six different schools came together and you couldn't tell they didn't like each other. They put their personal differences aside to learn all they could about the game of football from a person everyone respects over there, June Jones."

Gansz was very impressed on how they were treated during their brief stay on the Island.

"From the moment we got off the airplane we were treated with so much respect and hospitality," Gansz said. "The people of Samoa were so glad we were there. Everyone took in everything we taught, they listened intensely to everything."

Gansz has been longtime friends with Coach Jones, a relationship the former NFL coach cherishes.

"Everything I get to do with June and this staff is a joy," Gansz said. "This was a life changing experience; I will always cherish the opportunity to share it with this coaching staff and the people of Samoa."

Gansz is known for his inspirational and character training he has been doing with the current Mustang team this spring and summer.

"At this point in m life I want everything I do to have an affect on someone's life," Gansz said. "I definitely feel I have something left to offer this team and this coaching staff. What you give will grow, What you keep you lose."

It's apparent the respect and admiration Gansz has for Jones and the June Jone's Foundation.

"We are kindred spirits," Gansz said. "Working with him is a true joy. Everything he does validates what type of man he is. This trip was just another example."


Pony Stampede Top Stories