Wins have been tough to come by for Berea’s football team this season, but first-year Bulldogs coach Robbie Cole knew patience would be part of the package.
At the same time, Cole is keeping the program on the move off the field.
Last week, the Bulldogs paid a visit to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Greenville.
“It was a wonderful experience,” Cole said. “The patients got a big lift out of it. I think it gave our players some perspective, to be grateful for their physical abilities, and also some perspective about having more patience when they get to feeling sorry for themselves. Some of the things we get upset about are so frivolous.
“Several of the young men made comments about it even on Monday. One kid in particular played real well, and he mentioned that that was on his mind during the game.”
On Monday, Coy Wire, who played at Stanford and then for nine seasons as a safety and linebacker with the Buffalo Bills and Atlanta Falcons, will present an hour-long seminar on “Guiding the College-Bound Athlete” at 7:30 p.m. in Berea High School’s auditorium.
The seminar is designed for athletes in grades 8-12 and their parents. All are welcome, and admission is free.
“One of our goals is to make sure our kids have a first-class experience and that we give them every opportunity to make the most of their experience,” Cole said. “We want to educate them and their parents on the process of choosing a college, getting noticed and being eligible. If they do have the talent and desire to play at the next level, we want to make sure we’ve done everything possible to help them achieve that.”
Berea (1-8) will play its final regular-season game Friday on the road against Travelers Rest (1-8).