How a High School Coach’s Vision for Greatness Can Stick With You

Legendary high school track and football coach Wayne Steffenhagen challenged young men. Photomontage: M.M. O’Keefe.
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Lessons learned in sports

Say it loudly: Winners never quit

When toughness was taught as a virtue

Teaching boys they have what it takes

Coaching is about inspiring

“Even years after their playing days are done, athletes still remember the valuable lessons their coaches taught them,” says Martin Davis, author of the soon-to-be published book,`30 Days with America’s High School Coaches.’

“What these coaches teach students about self-discipline, character, the importance of team, managing the vicissitudes of day-to-day life are lessons that apply to everyone.”

A legend in the making

High school sports can test if you have what it takes. Photo by Timothy Eberly on Unsplash

Hitting the wall

Proclamation of faith

“O’Keefe, you’re a good one,” he boomed. “You’re going to be a GREAT one.”

We have a liftoff

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Measuring results

“Great job, O’Keefe.”

Teaching growth

“The competition part certainly enters into it,” Steffenhagen said, “but I would say it’s basically the relationships with the young men and being able to teach and see them grow as a student and an athlete. That’s really the driving force.”

A legacy that lives on

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