SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Greatness with reach for next CHS coach

Published: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 05:30 PM.

Day said that he and fellow committee members are servants to Crestview’s student-athletes and the general community. He believes the committee would best serve the community by taking the time to get this hire right.

The next coach should embrace the same servant attitude that Day and the committee have.

Yes, the coach will become the face of Crestview football. In many ways, he also will be the face of the Crestview community. But he should take note that the greatest leaders are those who also serve.

If I could pick a model football coach, I'd look to a man like former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden or maybe Tom Landry, the Dallas Cowboys’ legendary coach. Both were great coaches, in part, because they were great servants and leaders.

I constantly hear that the Crestview football program is on the cusp of greatness. The school has the athletes who, with proper coaching, can take the program to the next level.

The field house and weight room are perhaps the best in Okaloosa County, so the facilities are in place to train the Bulldog athletes for that greatness.

But there's no doubt about it, the job at hand is not for the weak of heart. The Bulldogs will play in the new District 1-7A starting in the fall. And many starters from last year won't return due to graduation; some underclassmen have left the school.

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