After the Eufaula Athletic Banquet I could not help but dwell on the importance and impact coaches have on their athletes. Coaches are in some cases parents, counselors, mentors and friends to all types of athletes. When I listened to Eufaula keynote speaker Rusty Griffis talk about Paul Bell, he always said coach. That’s a title which stays with that person for the rest of his or her life. Griffis was part of two national championships at the University of Oklahoma and became a very successful businessman.
“I owe everything to Coach Bell,” Griffis said. The impact and responsibility a coach has for his or her athletes and program are instrumental in the foundation that studentathlete develops in life.