By Laura Leigh Majernik @LLMajer
The college football offseason was rocked by the revelation of the Baylor University football team sexual and physical assault cases. As more allegations came to light, my college football fan heart hurt to hear such horrible stories.
How could I ever enjoy the game again? How can college football culture change to keep these stories from happening? Those questions raced through my mind as I prepared for the upcoming season.
After some soul searching, the answers came to mind: Focus on the positive. Let everyone know there are people who are doing the right thing.
I’m excited to introduce Coach Chuck Faucette as someone who is doing “the right thing”.
Coach Faucette serves as Head Coach at Bishop Lynch Catholic High School in Dallas, TX. He’s played at every level of football, from the University of Maryland to two seasons with the San Diego Chargers. In addition, Faucette has experience with coaching collegiate and professional programs.
With so many accomplishments, what brings Coach Faucette to the high school level?
The chance to have his family settled in one school and the opportunity to mentor young men. As a family man, Faucette decided to give his daughters the chance to graduate from one high school and remove his family from the “coaching carousel” and its subsequent moves to different cities. As a coach, his wife said it best when she told him he was, “happiest when you were mentoring young men”.
His happiness is contagious, and I felt his enthusiasm as he discussed the need for high school coaches to teach their players “how a real man behaves”. He sums it up by saying mentoring and teaching character development are crucial at the high school age. “If no great life lessons are taught now, they won’t be taught at the next level.”
After our interview, I felt my spirits lift. I know a coach who believes teaching his players about life to be just as important as teaching them the game of football. Best of luck this season to Coach Faucette and the Friar football team at Bishop Lynch Catholic High School.
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