Job Shadow: Blackman coach readies for football season

Job Shadow: Blackman coach readies for football season

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Job Shadow: Blackman coach readies for football season

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David Watson, the new head coach of the Blackman High School football team, tries to stay cool and out of the sun under his big straw hat as the Blackman Blaze competes in the 7-on-7 Bojangles Passing Tournament on Thursday, July 9 at Riverdale High School in Murfreesboro.

David Watson, the new head coach of the Blackman High School football team, tries to stay cool and out of the sun under his big straw hat as the Blackman Blaze competes in the 7-on-7 Bojangles Passing Tournament on Thursday, July 9 at Riverdale High School in Murfreesboro.

MURFREESBORO – This summer David Watson is getting his new team, the Blackman Blaze, ready for another season on the gridiron.

Watson, 43, said he has been teaching math and coaching football for 21 years, and he is still awed by the way his student-athletes grow and mature throughout their high school careers.

“Seeing the student-athletes enjoy being a part of something that enhances their lives, the camaraderie of high school football and the togetherness that they experience,” Watson said. “The memories, lessons and experience of high school football is so beneficial and worthwhile to the players.”

Being a football coach is about more than practicing and game time, Watson said.

“We spend a great deal of time game planning for opponents, studying new techniques and schemes in the off season, fundraising, tutoring students, maintaining and upgrading the facilities, and most importantly helping student-athletes become productive citizens, fathers and husbands,” he said.

Watson served as the offensive line coach and offensive coordinator for six years before taking over the team after Philip Shadowens resigned in February.

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