High School Football is ready to go.
This weekend Massachusetts High School football teams will begin the 2012 season. After months of preparation, we are anticipating another season of exciting games, outstanding individual performances, and team championships. It is our hope as coaches that our athletes will not only learn how to become better players individually, but will also learn how to compete as members of a team that values everyone’s participation, skills and personal growth.
As coaches, we like to think that through our mentoring and by example we have a hand in teaching our players life lessons as well as the skills of the game. All of us coaches can recall our own coaches who taught us how to compete, how to win, and how to lose. We all remember the lessons we learned by those special coaches and mentors in our lives who showed us how to get back up when we got knocked down. In football, as in life, whether you are taken down by a 240 pound fullback, a 300 pound tackle or the slim 150 pound sophomore, out for the first time, the advice will always be the same. Get back up and keep trying.
On a personal note, I am pleased to have the opportunity to meet with all the Massachusetts coaches. I enjoy listening to their stories about the coaches who meant something special to them or taught them something lasting and made a difference in their lives, I am reminded of all the lessons I have learned from all the coaches in my life and throughout my career as a player and a coach. In the last two years, I have lost two of those coaches as well as my father-all members of the “greatest generation” who knew a thing or two about sacrifice and who taught me a lesson or two about toughness.
So it with them in mind, that I look forward to another season of high school football. I know all of us who coach remember those who taught and challenged us and hope we will forward those lessons and inspirations on to our players, parents and fans who have come to enjoy the game.
President, Mass HS Football Association
Head Coach, Masconomet