every coach wan Ts To win, bu T some seasons,
when tragedy strikes or budgets get tight, winning isn’t the
coaches lead in many ways, but perhaps the most im-
portant is the way in which a coach sets an example for his
players. in our cover feature, we share stories of four coaches
who showed leadership in the face of adversity.
highland Park (Texas) coach randy allen showed support
for a member of his staff, blake spivey, who lost his 2-year-old
child in a drowning accident before the start of the 2015
season. allen taught his players how to grieve as a family.
Paulding county (ga.) coach scott hamilton remained com-
posed and focused in the face of a tumultuous period for his
school administration while working under three principals
and four athletic directors in a span of five years.
corona centennial (calif.) coach mark logan had the
foresight to understand how a shift in the host site for the
california state championship would impact his team’s
budget 12 months out, and started raising the extra $50,000
his team would need for the 2015 season.
brandon high (fla.) coach dean eychner took over a 1-9
program four years ago, and asked his players to trust him
as he demanded more. This year, the team was 9-2 with a
at its best
DAN GU T TENPLAN MELISSA MACATEE
COACHES WILL UNDOUBTEDLY FACE VARIOUS FORMS OF
ADVERSITY THROUGHOUT A FOOTBALL SEASON. PLAYERS,
PARENTS AND FANS RELY ON COACHES TO TEACH LIFE LESSONS
DURING THESE MOST IMPACTFUL MOMENTS.