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Coaching Philosophy Taken to New Heights

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Athletic Director Jeff Hamilton letting the football athletes know what he expects for this season.

Athletic Director Jeff Hamilton letting the football athletes know what he expects for this season.

Ashley Skinner

Ashley Skinner

Athletic Director Jeff Hamilton letting the football athletes know what he expects for this season.

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It may be too early to say Bandera football has been turned around after countless losing seasons.   However, there is no denying that Bandera is putting in the work to change our football culture and remuneration is fully expected.  Changes in the sport of football are obvious even to those who don’t play.  With a recoiled fire inside of Bandera’s new coaching staff, it has clearly affected the team in a positive way.  Whether it’s a full coaching staff lined up down the hallway encouraging everyone to get to practice, or the even keeled manner of Coach Hamilton as games approach, this coaching philosophy is one that should remain constant.

As the 2015-2016 season began, key players like offensive and defensive lineman Nick Salas could see an obvious promotion in not only coaching style, but the standard that the team is being held to.

“The coaches fully expect higher success and a better work ethic due to recent success,” Salas said.  “Expectations will always be improving and this is why I feel we will be better than in recent years.  Our work will definitely be noticed.”

Work ethic from a coach’s perspective is very similar and a definite requirement for our football team.  Kicking coach Clifton Tierney as set high standards for his specific group of players he oversees.  

“I expect my kickers to come to practice, and work hard to prepare themselves for game day,” Tierney said.  “When my players go out there and push comes to shove, they should get the job done.”

Together, the coaches have developed a discipline plan to minimize undisciplined behavior.  

“If we see a lack of discipline, then quite simply we fix it through discipline.  This can involve pushups, running, or squat jumps,”  Athletic Director Jeff Hamilton said.  “In a way, players decide their own outcome, and so, if no playing time is an outcome of being late to practice, than the discipline did its own work.”

Another key coaching point that has been notable is the idea of football not only being fun, but making better people for the near future.

“I’m here for the kids.  I’m going to make sure they become better men and women, that’s the bottom line,” Hamilton said.  “We as a coaching staff are just trying to make the athletes better people.”  

The Football team considers this positive reinforcement the reason for its success.  The combination of life values and a belief in doing what is right all the time may be what has translated such positive outcomes not only on the gridiron, but in the classroom and all around the hallways.

“These coaches have showed us what character really is, whether it’s cleaning the locker room, or respecting the trainers,”  senior Tryston Butler said.  “They have really shown me what it takes to be a better person both on, and off the field.”“These coaches have showed us what character really is, whether it’s cleaning the locker room, or respecting the trainers,”  senior Tryston Butler said.  “They have really shown me what it takes to be a better person both on, and off the field.”

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Coaching Philosophy Taken to New Heights