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Coach TonyM
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Last practice of the year tonight.. bittersweet.  Last game tomorrow night.  As I am walking to my truck, one of the dads comes up to me.  I have coached his son the last two years.  He is one of those gruff rednecks.  He says" coach, I just wanted to tell you how much I have enjoyed having Vaughn play for you the last two years.  I know the wins and losses didn't turn out like you would've liked, but you did a heckuva job with all the injuries, It's been a real pleasure watching these games.  The boys fought hard in every game. I really appreciate it."  Before you know it, another dad comes up, and another.. several congratulating me.

WE ARE 2-5...2-5.  We should win tomorrow but right now we are 2-5, and parents thanking me. Wow, I must be doing something right off the field at least. 

I haven't had the first issue with playing time or positioning either.  That is a first.


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mahonz
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Nice job Tony.

Better than winning a Championship.  🙂

What is beautiful, lives forever.


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Threepwood
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Several years ago, I had an 0-8 team.  It was like my 3rd year coaching.  I was thinking of hanging up my whistle - until the banquet.  At the banquet, everyone thanked me, told me how much fun they had, etc.  Made me come back for another season and I'm glad I did.  My teams have had a bunch of championship games since then - but I will never forget those kids and parents.  There was something magical about them. 


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Coach Brad
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I know how you feel. We are currently 1-5. Yet this is the most appreciative group of parents I've ever had. Possibly because this team last year was not only winless, but didn't score a single TD until the last game of the year. So simply having scored in half our games seems like a good accomplishment in context. We are playing the team that our win came against this Sunday. They probably never even imagined a TWO WIN season before I showed up.  😛


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Last practice of the year tonight.. bittersweet.  Last game tomorrow night.  As I am walking to my truck, one of the dads comes up to me.  I have coached his son the last two years.  He is one of those gruff rednecks.  He says" coach, I just wanted to tell you how much I have enjoyed having Vaughn play for you the last two years.  I know the wins and losses didn't turn out like you would've liked, but you did a heckuva job with all the injuries, It's been a real pleasure watching these games.  The boys fought hard in every game. I really appreciate it."  Before you know it, another dad comes up, and another.. several congratulating me.

WE ARE 2-5...2-5.  We should win tomorrow but right now we are 2-5, and parents thanking me. Wow, I must be doing something right off the field at least. 

I haven't had the first issue with playing time or positioning either.  That is a first.

I know you know this, but kids enjoy playing for you. Kids know the score, and the score isn't always on a scoreboard (what makes not keeping score stupid).

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You can't learn to make the parents and kids love playing for you. You can learn to win more games. Congrats.


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WE ARE 2-5...2-5.  We should win tomorrow but right now we are 2-5, and parents thanking me. Wow, I must be doing something right off the field at least. 

My team last year was like that.  I got a lot of compliments on what I thought was an under-achieving 3-5 record.  Parents didn't see it that way, I received a ton of compliments.  We only had like 19 kids, so playing time certainly wasn't an issue.  I'm sure that helped.

I don't believe I'll get that this year despite likely finishing again at 3-5. This year we ARE under-achieving, but we also have 29 kids so player placement and playing time have become a significant issue.

So nice job Coach - I'm sure you deserve it.  If parents are complimenting you, you most certainly are doing a lot of things right. Hard to see when you're in the middle of it.


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chucknduck
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Great job Tony.

How you practice is more important than your record.  Winning is great but if your athletically superior, any moron with a whistle can have a winning record. 

Some of my mediocre teams were some of my favorites.  Kids with good attitudes and good personalities make it fun for me.  Not teams loaded with talent.


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patriotsfatboy1
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Just finished my worst season record-wise. We were 3-6. Lost 2 games in OT, but we were not the most talented team.

The season was successful from my perspective, though. I wanted to:
- have them want to come back
- learn some good football
- learn how to be good people
- teach the coaches who never coached before how to coach

Record was not in my season goals even though I want to win every game and it pains me to lose. For example, I had been 5-0 in OT up to this year and 0-2 this year. I look at OT games as coach losses.

So, walking off the field today after losing in OT, I had kids and parents who were sad, but each was thanking me and saying they are coming back.

Enjoy when you have made them better regardless of wins and losses.


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