What is a Football Coach.....
1. Selfless attitude
Must understand and accept that it ain't about
him or his coaching staff, but about the guys bangin' heads on
2. Leadership skills
Like a good battle tested soldier, he must get
them to do things they are not aware that they can do. For
those of you that played, remember the first two a day workout?
You had no idea you could run 20 straight 100 yard wind sprints
without passing out until you had no choice... or the first
time you found yourself in the 4th quarter with time running
out and had one more shot to score to win it.
3. Unquestionable ethics
There are plenty of chances to do the wrong
thing in this position. The true test is being able to do the
right thing even when it doesn't benefit you or the team.
Teaching that it is just as important to hold you head high
in defeat as it is in winning.
4. Knowledge of the game
Many of you likely think that this belongs at
the top of the list. I beg to differ. Without #1-#3, #4 doesn't
matter. I've seen a lot of coaches who put 1-3 at the bottom
of the list or take them off all together and very few of them
are still coaching today.
You think John McKissick knew he would still
be coaching when he first walked onto the field at Summerville
over 50 years ago? You bet he did. You think he envisioned a
winning program like Summerville has? You bet he did. Those
things don't just happen. You want to see a gentleman and a
class act, hang around this guy for a day or two.
Many will argue the order I've put these in, but few will argue
the necessity for these qualities in any adult that is leading
our youth in any sport or activity. Having coached myself at
the youth level over the last 25 years, I can tell you first
hand how tough the job is. I can only imagine the pressure
and politics for a High School Football Coach or AD, but
that does not relieve them of the responsibility for teaching
our young men that above all else, you have to be able look
yourself in the mirror when it is all said and done. Those
that have paid the price to teach the lessons and those that
have been the benefactor of that teaching will rest easy
knowing that they can be proud of who they are and in some
small way, maybe not so small, relate that to a guy with a
whistle around his neck and a ballcap on that kept telling
you "You can do it", until finally you believed him.
How many people in your life can your look up to and call "Coach"?