Lol...those days are over. You can get a handshake at one of the Cardinals games next year.
I doubt I'll make that! Move to Belmont so you can be a Red Raider!
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Posted 07 January 2017 - 10:32 AM
Posted 10 January 2017 - 01:33 AM
Everyone I have talked to in the freedom community are excited about coach Bryant coming to freedom. I have read and heard nothing but good things about him and I am looking forward to seeing what he does at freedom.
Congrats to you guys! I believe within 3-4 years you will have a run at consecutive 3A state championships.
Coach Bryant brought Havelock to new heights during his tenure as the head football coach at Havelock. If you look at Havelock's yearly records since 1970, you'll see about 4 - 6 losing seasons with 3 of those years coming just before Coach Bryant's arrival. Over those years, Havelock scheduled very tough opponents (ie #1 3A Farmville Central of the 1970's) and continued to win.
With Coach Bryant, Havelock developed a robust weight lifting program as well as an off season workout program. He instilled a lot of discipline within the program and his players had a healthy fear of him. He would remove a player from the team if they were a discipline problem, no matter where the player was on the talent chain. Recall that Coach Bryant removed his best player (an All-America who is now a redshirt for Florida State) from the team close to the playoffs last year because of disciplinary problems and did not reinstate him. A few years back, he released a player from the team because of too many missed practices. The young man is now playing DIV I football.
A lot of parents did not like him because he made sure they all knew that HE ran the team and not the parents. If you could only imagine how many parents got angry because they thought their son was the "man" and wasn't playing. Coach Bryant had reasonable expectations of his players with regards to work ethic on the field and in the classroom and reasonable expectations on how they represented the themselves in a positive manner. If the player did not meet those expectations, then they weren't playing or they were gone. He chose starters based on merit not on favoritism.
Coach Bryant never influenced grades during his stay at Havelock. He was gracious to the teachers and did NOT interfere with classroom business. Teachers were clearly in control of the decisions they made whether or not to pass a academically borderline performing player.
I really envy you guys at Freedom. You've got a great Coach!