Our Opinion: Coaches doing right

June 06, 2001

High school football coaches are easy targets, but the truth is few people have as much influence on molding a community as the local high school football coach.

For good or for bad, but mostly for good, such coaches forever influence the lives of strong and vibrant young men, and for that they are remembered for lifetimes. They can also bring pride or dissent to a community.

What local high school football coaches did last weekend was bring pride to our entire Imperial Valley. The Imperial Valley Football Coaches Association staged its inaugural all-star football game for local high school seniors. The game and the turnout at Imperial High were outstanding.

We are happy that things turned out so well. Such a game allows many high school players one last chance at fun and glory on the gridiron because many will not strap on the pads again. Many of the young men involved played as if it were their last game, which made the action that much better.


Maybe more important than the game, though, was the induction of a host of local luminaries into the IVFCA Hall of Fame. This initial class inducted into the hall was a special one, and while we won't list all of those selected, the group represented some of the Valley's all-time great athletes and coaches. It is unfortunate that a couple of former Central Union High stars were not inducted into the hall, but that oversight was no fault of the IVFCA and should be remedied as soon as possible.

Still, that doesn't take away from what happened over the weekend. High school football is an important element in Imperial Valley life, and preserving precious parts of it and honoring those who have excelled in it is a worthy endeavor.

The hall of fame and the game are not the only worthy endeavors of the IVFCA. The group, which has strong participation among coaches throughout the Valley, sponsored a coaching clinic a few weeks ago in which coaches from all levels of the game were exposed to new techniques and strategies by experienced hands.

Another thing the IVFCA will promote, either coincidentally or intentionally, is better relations among local football coaches. While open disputes between coaches have been few in recent years, and while rivalry can be a good thing, hate and ugliness is not. If the IVFCA can promote sportsmanship and honor among coaches, and the coaches can then take those lessons to their players, our Valley will be a better place.

The IVFCA is still in its infancy, but in its first year it has done some fine things for our area. We look forward to it continuing with all the good it is doing and even starting more worthwhile programs.

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