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Local coaches share Words of Wisdom

Posted at 2:12 AM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-01 04:12:28-04

There's no guide book to help a coach deal with these unprecedented times, so we asked what advice they might have for their players during this difficult period.

From canceled title runs to suspended seasons, its been one first after another this high school sports season.

"Kids need to understand just how unique this circumstance is, at the end of the day, we're all going to get through it together," Pueblo South football coach Ryan Goddard said.

Typically, pride themselves on being a go-to source of information, and yet these days, their best attribute is providing perspective in a time of great confusion.

We need to change our mindset, because the biggest thing that sports teaches us is that life isn't fair," Pueblo West baseball coach Dan Sanchez said. "Right now it's not fair that thousands of people are dying because of this virus, so that's what I'm trying to tell our kids."

However, sometimes sports can be a good way to make sense of circumstances which seem rather senseless.

"The game of football; there isn't a better teacher for the adversity you go through in life," Fountain-Fort Carson offensive coordinator Jeremy Mercer said. "The ups and downs of the game are just like the ups and downs you go through during things like this."

With the COVID-19 outbreak causing one concern after another, coaches can play a pivotal role in keeping their teams grounded and focused on the future.

"We call ourselves "Trojan Tough" and so we tell our guys, "Tough times don't last but tough people do," Fountain-Fort Carson football coach Jake Novotny said. "That's the biggest message, is we're going to fight through the adversity, get through this and be ready to go come August time."