First win with new HS team
Well, it's been an "interesting" year. I wound up coaching somewhere different than I thought I would. That's a long story. Now I'm serving as the OL/DL coach for a HS that had won 1 game in 4 years before I got here. We are badly outmanned up front on both sides of the ball, going up against teams who outweigh us by 100lbs per man and are much, much stronger in the weight room. With the kids and coaches I get to work with, I still wouldn't want it any other way. I love these guys.
Things started out rough this season. I've coached at much smaller schools and never had I seen such a motley crew of linemen. Then, before the season began, we lost our best 2 way OL/DL for the season with an arm injury, then lost another starting OL to a broken leg in the first game. We see a fair amount of DII linemen prospects as well as some legit D1 players up front. It's a challenge.
We opened the season against a couple of decent teams and lost each game by 1 TD. In the first one, we jumped out to a quick 3 TD lead but let it slip away. In the second, it was just too little too late in the second half. In each game, we were so close and fought so hard. We came in as double digit underdogs and looked light years better than this team had looked the year before, but the kids left with their hearts broken when we couldn't make enough plays to seal the deal.
Finally, we broke through on Friday night! We won 34-6 on their turf, holding our much bigger and stronger opponent to under 120 yards of total offense for the game and rushing for over 200 on the ground behind the efforts of that ragtag OL I mentioned. Even our own local media predicted us to lose by at least 2 TDs. Our OC, who's awesome to work with and has coached at this school for 15 years, said it was the first time he can ever remember being able to run the ball to close out a win AND the first time he ever got to put the 2nd team in when we were on top. Afterwards, the kids were in tears with their arms around each other--this was just the second win our seniors have ever had after being so close in our first two games.
It's not been easy. At times, I've doubted myself as a position coach because we're not getting the kind of performance I feel is necessary... but then I look at what we're working with, how far the kids have come, and how the other coaches on staff say this is "the first time they've had 5 legit OL" in years. These kids give everything they've got, are very coachable, and watching them grow as young men and football players over the summer to this point has been a real treasure. The coaches I get to work with are just plain awesome guys who are in it for the right reasons, especially our HC. I couldn't ask for better guys to work with.
And now we're 1-2 on the year, which isn't great... but this school hasn't had a record that good in over 7 years. With 7 games to go the playoffs are a very real possibility. We've got our toughest opponent yet coming up on Friday--an archival who's set offensive records last week and features a future D1 OL/DL up front. We have some surprises in store for them. Then we play two of our state's championship contenders back-to-back the next 2 weeks. We'll see how it goes, but one thing I don't doubt is that our kids are going to bring everything they've got.
To all you other coaches on here, thank you for all that I've learned from you and been able to apply with our kids this year. Good luck to you on your journeys this season!
Keep the Passion Coach I would love to be a position coach somewhere.
I think our HC would, too!
Poor guy spends so much of his time dealing with discipline, equipment, and logistical issues that he barely gets to coach.
I couldn't ask for a better guy to work for, though.
With the kids and coaches I get to work with, I still wouldn't want it any other way. I love these guys.
Not surprised that you feel that way about the kids, but when you can find a group of coaches you like coaching with, then you've struck gold.
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The Mission Statement: "I want to show any young man that he is far tougher than he thinks, that he can accomplish more than what he dreamed and that his work ethic will take him wherever he wants to go."