The Turnaround: Start of Week 2

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by Jason Strunk
Lubbock High School Head Football Coach
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Well, all good things come to an end, so they say.  Dimaggio’s 56 game hit streak, the 2007 New England Patriots, etc.  I can go on and on.  You get the point.

After seven straight solid practices we hit a wall today.  We were flat to start practice.  You could see the proverbial two-a-day wall creep in and whack us in the face.  It was just one of those days.

Despite our flat start to practice, the kids found a way to bounce back and salvaged the practice.  It wasn’t awful; it wasn’t great.  We just kind of leveled off today, which is going to happen.

The thing to take away from today is this: it wasn’t our best and it certainly wasn’t our worst.  I have seen some bad practices, ones in which you could just flush that one down the toilet.  This was not one of those and the kids did everything they could to recover and make the best of practice.  That is the sign of a good team.

Tomorrow is a new day.  We will be ready!

Popsicles for All!

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Lubbock player enjoy popsicles.

My focus this year is to have fun.  It’s an essential element to football.  What better way to have some fun then to give the kids popsicles after practice?  It was hot today…brutally hot!  So we decided to give the kids popsicles, a treat to help cool them off after a hard day in the sun.  Looking at the pictures (here and below) you can tell they enjoyed it and appreciated it. This is what our game is all about.  Have fun and let the kids have some good ole fashioned refreshments in the form of popsicles.

Don’t Be That Coach

You know, off days happen.  We all have bad days.  Coaches, bank tellers, moms, squirrels and maybe even sharks. Who knows.  I just know that all living organisms have an off day.

We are human…plain and simple.  You cannot do anything about that.  You are subject to your own mind.

So please, do not tell your kids that when you played you never had an off day and always gave 100%.  That is impossible.  I have been around coaches that claim this.  Wears me out.  Thankfully, nobody on my staff proclaims this feat.

Bottom line is bad days happen.  Just roll with it.  Pick your kids up and tell them tomorrow is a new day.  The worst
thing you can do is act like Superman; the best thing you be is a human.

Standing Out

Lots of kids are starting to put their best foot forward and I do my best to talk about all them in this blog over the course of the year.  I think today is a good time to mention some Westerners.

Kwammi Wilborn – Great leadership qualities; hard worker.

Will Austell – A fighter; tremendous work ethic; has gotten better each day!

Pooh Bear Ambriz – Senior, three year starter in the OL.  This has been his best camp.

Tyree Johnson – Tearing it up playing DL; looks great thus far!

Eric Puente – Wow! This guy is Mr. Consistent.  Hasn’t not let up one practice.  Hard work, good skills. Looking for big things from him this year on the DL.

Mental Health Tip

Pick each other up…daily.  Go out of your way to do something nice for a fellow coach.  It will make you feel good about your day. This is always paid forward.  Trust me!


-I am a Texas High School Football Coach.  I don’t know if anyone can ever possibly fathom how awesome it is to say this.  What an honor.  What a privilege.  I do not take it for granted.  Life-long dream to get here and I did it.  What else can I say? I love it.

That’s it. I have nothing else to say!



Popsicles for all as Week 2 of Lubbock HS camp begins

About the Author

Jeff Fisher
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.

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