For some reason, being a coach makes me want to be a better person than just being a teacher does. I remember my first year of coaching, a while ago now, and whenever I felt like doing anything wrong - having a few too many drinks, for example - I would always imagine my players' faces, and their eyes, looking at me. There was one kid (I'm not sure why, because he was kinda bad), and I would actually think to myself, "Oh, what would Emmanuel Jackson think of you right now?" whenever I felt like doing something that wasn't something I would, say, want them to be doing. And, often, I didn't do it, or I felt guilty about it if I did.
I guess it's because I get to know the kids on a much different level. Today, for example, I've received six cell phone calls from students, and my text-message inbox is full of students' messages. Or maybe it's because I'm tougher on them than my regular students. Something. It's kind of a good feeling, I have to admit.
Today was the first day of tryouts. It was cold as hell. I was happy with the four pleasant surprises. There is no JV team. I will have to make cuts.
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