What’s fantastic about this is that it has translated into success on the field as well. I found the improvement of the team to be astonishing between the Georgia Southern game and the Penn State game, both of which I was at.JWG wrote: ↑Fri Jan 10 1:54 pmMy wife used to work for a department that interacted with new students including the athletes (into 2014) and we have friends who still do so and manage some of the programs surrounding new students. Now, each year, a new football player or two will do something off putting, questionable, or inappropriate. Based on coach's response, here's what I'd say:
- Mason: Can't remember, but was never a discussion
- Brewster: Was a dumpster fire, no desire to manage or discipline beyond required levels, probably lucky nothing significant happened here
- Kill: Cared, had boundaries, addressed issues as notifed of something - dealt with the issue 1-1 with the player
- Claeys: Not around to know in this example, but public forum tells us what we need to know
- Fleck: Proactive, reaches out to the department to ask they keep his staff informed, promises exlempary behavior, has staff who actively manage the "social" part of his "athletically, socially, spiriturally" speak. This past fall, one new player did something requiring Fleck's staff be informed - the entire team wrote individual apology notes.
Here's where Fleck differentiates himself. Our other coaches coached football and built athletes with some focus on building students. Fleck builds men / adults leveraging the bond of football. His regimen is not about just a successfull football product, it's about preparing 18-22 year for life. It sounds like a bunch of "speak" when he talks, but it's not.
If I had a student athlete, I would 100% want them to play for Fleck - no quesiton. I would trust him to do what's right and not compromise integrity for success.
It’s nice to see the program be both functional and successful. Coyle has done a very nice job since taking over!