(Special to the American Press)
Last Modified: Tuesday, October 08, 2013 9:17 PM
DRY CREEK — The East Beauregard football team has four wins this season, its highest total since 2006. But the Trojans don’t seem interested in stacking up results as a way to measure success.
Head coach Gordy Glaser and his staff spend as much of each day preaching the importance of development and responsibility as they do going over plays or running drills.
“I have a wonderful staff,” Glaser said. “I have a staff that mentors kids. They don’t just coach kids, they mentor kids, and that’s exciting. We’re more concerned about growing young men than growing a record. These kids really understand this.”
Since an 18-12 loss to LaSalle in the season opener, the Trojans have won four consecutive games, snapping a 13-game losing streak that stretched back to 2011.
Oddly enough, East Beauregard’s focus as it entered the season wasn’t some big turnaround or improvement in the win column.
“Coming into the season, we didn’t talk about wins at all,” said assistant coach Joey Bartz. “We were not even looking at getting any wins. Winning is a by-product of what we’re trying to bring to the program. We’re not in the business of winning football games, we’re in the business of winning kids.”
The coaching staff is a mix of new and old, a group of leaders who have seen the ups and downs of many seasons of high school football, but clearly recognize how to deal with their athletes.
Bartz said Glaser claims he’s only head coach by title, and he epitomizes a team player who knows how to bring out special talents from his fellow coaches as well as the kids.
As the players hydrate on the sideline between drills, the coaches goof around with each other and make jokes. But as soon as the team gets back on the field, they’re able to turn around and belt out instructions and advice.
An extra player lines up on the field during a punting drill, which would result in a possible costly penalty in a game situation. Glaser handles it like a veteran, yelling to ask what he’s doing on the field, and the player trots off. He quickly follows by humorously letting the player know he appreciates his enthusiasm to be part of the drill.
It’s those moments when East Beauregard’s coaching staff and athletes show their strengths.
“A lot of these kids have gone to kindergarten together,” Bartz said. “Of course they all know each other. With a newer staff this year, they had to get to know us and our style. They had to buy in to what we were approaching them with, and that’s firmness, fairness and friendliness. We’re not friendly all the time, because we’re football coaches. We’re always trying to find that harmony.”
Despite the Trojans’ strong start, which includes wins against Oberlin and Merryville in their last two games, they realize they will be tested with difficult opponents in District 4-1A.
“It’s expanded and we don’t know where we stand in the district as far as the top or the bottom and we really don’t care, honestly,” Bartz said. “Of course everyone loves winning. I love winning, every one of these kids loves winning, but more important to us is knowing how to win. That’s what we’re trying to teach them. It’s all about the attitude we bring.”
Whether intended or not, that attitude has helped usher in an era of wins the team hasn’t seen in recent seasons.
But even if the Trojans were to win every game left on their schedule, Glaser said it will be a while before he knows if the team truly achieved.
“We want to build faith in God, good husbands and good fathers,” he said. “I’ll know whether we were successful 10 years from now when they want their kids to play.”
Posted By: Beverly On: 10/12/2013
Title: Proud to be a Trojan
Hooray!!! My son graduated from EBHS in 1994 and this is one of the great things I remembered about the school - teaching and mentoring in life skills. Great job
Posted By: Dawn On: 10/10/2013
Title: Proud To Be A Trojan!
The Coaches Are Doing a great Job, I'm Blessed To Have Such great Men To Be An Influence To My Son Besides The Great Men We Have at Church! His Daddy Would Be Proud!!