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Offline MHcoach

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Ex Player comes & visits
« on: September 06, 2018, 07:40:54 PM »
So a player I coached in the 90's came & visited today for a few hours. His family is at Disney, 2 children 3&1. It was so incredible to see him & of course the staff was flying the barbs. All around it was great. It was perfect Thursday so simply a walk through. It being a walk through it reminded me of another walk through when he played for me. Our RT went off sides & I lost it, I took off my shoes & threw at the player. We laughed at the story then he told he had just seen the RT in July. The RT reminded him & told him " man I miss Coach Joe".

He told he coaches today because he remembered what an impact I had on his life. I was very emotional but stayed stoic. Over the last few month's I have had 6 former players come & visit. They have all been from NY, if ever I needed a reminder why I coach they have provided it.

Joe
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Re: Ex Player comes & visits
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2018, 01:33:44 PM »
That is awesome!

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Re: Ex Player comes & visits
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2018, 01:57:16 PM »
I hope that one day I have even one player come up to me an tell me that. Great story Joe.

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Re: Ex Player comes & visits
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2018, 05:25:27 PM »
C

Give it time. Nothing beats going to get a beer & you hear "Coach Joe". Your guys aren't that old yet. They will be & it will happen.

JOe
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Re: Ex Player comes & visits
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2018, 05:35:20 PM »
I had a beer with one of my ex players for the first time last year. He is only 12 so it was a bit weird. Actually the kid was 23 and we had a fun talk.

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Re: Ex Player comes & visits
« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2018, 09:38:07 PM »
C

Give it time. Nothing beats going to get a beer & you hear "Coach Joe". Your guys aren't that old yet. They will be & it will happen.

JOe
The oldest guys I actually coached are juniors or seniors this year. What is weird is when you watch kids grow and eventually out grow you. There is one kid I coached starting at 5 years old and now he is 13 and taller than me. It is crazy. My son is almost as tall as me and by next year this time, I expect he will be as tall as me or even taller.
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Re: Ex Player comes & visits
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2019, 10:44:33 AM »
I am the player who Coach Joe is referring to. A little history. I had the opportunity to play for Coach Joe in 1995 and 1999 for 2 season's. Early on in my HS career and then later toward the end. Back then we were a consistent 2 back I, pro and basically power I team. Later on we utilized a mobile QB inside the same offense and some of the things you see today he taught back then.Definitely a  Coach ahead of his time. With that I do have to say Coach Joe left a long and lasting impression on my life and other young men. As I have grown older a lot of the things he taught us back then have been life lessons well past the HS level and into adulthood.
So fast forward to this past September. I currently Coach a HS team and am the Head Coach for a Semipro team. Coach Joe invited me to one of his walk through's prior to a game the next night while i was on vacation in FL. From the opening stretch's to the final whistle I must have filled up 2 pages of notes on my phone. In 90 minutes I learned so much and was extremely thankful. Anytime I have an issue or just want to pick Coach Joe's brain he is easily accessible and always seems to have the answer. Take advantage of this site and use the nuggets he drops. They have so much value. Thank You Coach

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Re: Ex Player comes & visits
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2019, 02:33:25 PM »
Wow!

I really don't know how to respond, only to say it is quite humbling & gratifying. The period in my life that I coached this fine man was one the most difficult times of my life. Not only personally but also coaching wise. I have admitted here many times how I made horrible mistakes coaching wise. I often wished I could go back & change them, & apologize to those players. It is clear that the players were never really aware of them, but I realize that I grew from those mistakes.

Over the past several years I have been in contact with many of my former players. I am proud to say I have been very fortunate to coach so many wonderful men.

Joe
« Last Edit: January 03, 2019, 05:35:29 PM by MHcoach »
"Champions behave like champions before they're champions: they have a winning standard of performance before they are winners"
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