My first football coach...now gone
Posted 08 March 2013 - 12:33 PM
To be honest, since he was also the father of my best friend growing up, he was a lot like a second father to me. And sometimes, almost more of a dad than my own was, if I'm being completely honest.
It was almost 40 years ago that he first coached me on how to play the game that I'd only been watching for the past few years. I still remember being an eight-year-old sitting in a classroom seeing him draw a formation on the board, learning the explanation of holes and gap numbering and etc. Indeed, he taught me everything I needed to know to play the game of football.
(he also taught me a number of words that my Mom preferred I not repeat)
His name was Virgil, but as you might expect, none of us addressed him by his name or even as "Mister". It was always "Coach". Thinking about that, it's funny for me to realize I'm at the other end of things now, with little fellas running up to me and saying "Hey Coach". Things really do go in circles, don't they?
I'd be remiss not to mention that besides being a good coach, he was also a good man. Extremely devoted to his family, a bit of a hellraiser when he was young but mellowed when it came time to grow up. And in his later years when he was no longer coaching, became a literacy volunteer teaching adults to read.
Got the word of his passing just a little while back. Technically, I've been an orphan for a while now. But today, I feel even more like one than I did before.
So long, Coach...and thanks.
For those who played, how do you remember your first coach? Is he still around?
Posted 08 March 2013 - 02:13 PM
Posted 08 March 2013 - 02:31 PM
My short term memory's starting to go as I get older though
Posted 08 March 2013 - 04:11 PM
He was my Pop Warner coach & became the varsity DC a few years later. When I was a freshman, there were a rash of injuries & I got bumped up to varsity. Found out later that it was pretty much all him convincing the HC to give me a shot.
I'm not one of those guys who think that football taught me teamwork, brotherhood, yadda yadda, but being a 5'5"119lb & having your coaches not worrying about the guy you're covering does build confidence...
Posted 08 March 2013 - 07:44 PM
Posted 08 March 2013 - 08:23 PM