The game of football has interested me since an early age. I would often attend College football games with my father; absorbing the tradition, camaraderie, and passion of the game. Since those days, I have decided to become a football coach as a career, followed by becoming an administrative assistant at a collegiate football program.
I have been asked numerous times, why be a coach? Why not choose another profession? My reason for this, since I was 14 years old, boiled down to a simple goal I want to achieve: become a role model for the kids and young men I one day coach. I played basketball and baseball through high school and have been coached by tremendous men and role models, most notably my father. Playing a sport itself was fulfilling, but understanding the core values of teamwork, accountability, respect, and integrity was rewarding.
The most significant value I have learned and maintained is character. I once heard a Head football coach emphasize at his introductory press conference, “Character wins in life….”. This quote made me look at life and sports in a different, yet important, light. I have learned over time character is a value that is most consistent with your actions. Character also brings the best out of yourself and people you are around.
Coaching football is important to me, but teaching kids to show good judgment and sound responsibility in the classroom, community, and with others can help them become role models themselves.