The Turnaround is back for 2015

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Here we are! Another season is upon us!

All across Texas and the United States, everyone is 0-0. Hope is on the horizon. It’s the dawn of a new day. Whatever phrase you want to use, insert here. It’s time to get excited. America’s game is back!

This will be my fifth season at Lubbock High School. Stepping onto the field as a Texas high school
head coach never gets old, even five years into it. It is a tremendous feeling to be a head coach in this great state. It’s something I do not take for granted.

It’s hard for me to put into words the feeling I have about being a head coach in Texas. There is just something special about it. The game is so big here. The people are passionate. This is the state that put high school football on the map. When you think Friday Night Lights, you think of Texas. This is the place to be. I landed here and I will cherish every minute while leading a Texas program.

I’m jacked — the coaches are jacked — the kids are jacked — and readers of this blog better be jacked. It’s time to kick this off!

My attempt is to always write one entry per day during the season. If you follow this blog, you know I write as therapy. It’s the last thing I do at night before bed. I write — and then I write some more. Yes, football coaches can write and we do enjoy things outside of coaching. This is my down time. My relaxation. This is my therapy.

I have a bunch of things to talk about this year. I’m going to add some new things to the blog. I’m looking to give some new perspective on what it takes to rebuild a program. I will definitely create some new angles for an inside look into our madness.

This blog is meant to share our story and hopefully give coaches all across America some ideas they can use. We work in a sharing profession. We have no problem sharing with our fellow coaches. It’s what makes this profession so great.

I hope you enjoy 2015 through the lens of a head coach in Lubbock, Texas!

This is new to the blog this year.

In this section I’m going to pick a coach to talk about and suggest you follow him on Twitter or in the news. It’s a coach doing something right. We all need someone good to read up on, so this section will be perfect place to do this.

The first coach I’m going to suggest you follow is one right down the street from me. It’s a no-brainer to me. This guy is making things happen.

Kliff Kingsbury is heading into his third year as the head ball coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders. He has this fan base energized. He is on the verge of busting TTU out and onto the map. If I was a high school player being recruited, I would have to consider TTU just based on Coach Kingsbury alone. He has the “it” factor.

Here is why you need to pay attention to Coach Kingsbury — he is himself.

He knows who he is and doesn’t try to be someone he is not. When I was at practice last Saturday you knew who was in charge. The energy was great. The music was loud.

The best part? The players respond to him. They are all in. You can see it. I heard it while standing there, too. It is a great atmosphere.

So coaches, take a page from Kliff — be you and do it your way! Stay true to who you are. I learned that from one practice with Coach Kingsbury. I’m still pumped about what I saw!

So follow Coach Kingsbury! @TTUKingsbury

-Yankees are in first place despite doing nothing at the deadline. Brilliant.
-Fighting in the locker room or on the field isn’t tolerated by me. Why? Just take a look at the Jets QB situation. That’s all you need to know. Teammates do not fight.
-Donald Trump.
-Texas is awesome. In every sense.
-Jim Harbaugh wears nice pants. I just need to end this blog with that nugget.

2015 is here. Westerner content coming tomorrow with a Week 1 recap.

Football is back!!


by Jason Strunk
Lubbock High School Head Football Coach
Follow @WestTXCoach

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Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.