Golf has their conference tournament today down by Fort Madison. I am expecting a title but will be satisfied with a top two finish. Good luck to Kaleb Hagge, Kolt Rossiter, Sam Jennings, Kash Rossiter, Zach Davis and football alum Thayne McElhinney. Hopefully we see some low scores on a nice day like today.
Track is gearing up for the conference meet tomorrow at Pekin. Those of you that are going to support tomorrow night make sure you pack clothes for a blizzard, a monsoon, a tornado, or a heat wave. You never know what it is going to be like over there. Hopefully we are going to be a full strength and can bring home some top place winners in some events. Good luck to Coach Doerring and Coach Klopfenstein. They have done a nice job this year with the boys and have improved all times, heights, and distances in all events.
Now for a serious note. As educators and coaches we are the only job that people feel the need to tell us how to do our job. No one calls their accountant and tells him how to do their job. Pretty sure no one walks into the doctor's office and tells them how to diagnose an illness or perform surgery. No one goes into McDonalds and critiques the fry maker. It is astonishing how many people think that they know more than the coaches and the teachers of their students. As an educator and teacher we are in this profession to teach students and help them grow as individuals. As a coach we are trying to instill values of hard work, discipline, accountability, and other values to help make your child a well rounded individual. Sometimes they have to hear the truth, whether they like it or not. We build relationships with this young people so that when it comes time to drop a truth bomb on them they understand we are doing it because we care for them too much to lie to their faces and tell them what they want to hear. A saying I hear a few years ago reminds of this. You don't get what you want, you get what you deserve. In sports and school this applies to how hard you are working to learn a concept or how much work you are putting in to improving you craft. We are trying to help them realize that in life as an adult, you don't always get what you want, and also that sometimes the answer is "NO".
We pick up our lifting reteaching tomorrow and talk about the hang clean. A really important lift and complicated lift. I am excited to reteach this lift as it was my favorite when I was in training. We have a meeting this afternoon for football players going out next year and hopefully we have some great numbers and a good looking group of young men that will dedicate themselves to becoming a better group of players and young men.
For those before us, those of us now, and those that follow, WE ARE WMU!