Head Jacket ready for season
Chad McClure has been through mulitple pre-season football workouts at Hayesville High School as both a player and an assistant coach. This year, however, things are different as McClure is now the man leading the Yellow Jacket varsity program.
According to him, McClure’s new position was brought into reality by a higher power. “After the interview process, the administration approached me and asked if I would be interested. I prayed about it, talked to my wife about it and just felt like the time was right and that God was leading me down this path.”
Being in charge of a varsity football team has been a dream of McClure’s for a long time. “When I got through playing college football, my dream was to be a football coach.” McClure said he was a ball of emotions when hearing the news that he had been picked to lead the Jackets.
Although he’s been around the game his entire life, McClure is now seeing aspects of the head coaching job he’s never had to deal with. “There’s so many things behind the scenes you have to do and I guess that’s been the biggest surprise, dealing with all the extra stuff besides coaching.”
McClure said he was very excited about the spring practices and seven on sevens from the summer. That excitement was visible when the head coach said, “I’m ready to get this thing cranked off in a couple of weeks.” When asked how a Chad Mclure coached team differs from past teams, McClure answered with, “I’m going to try to bring to this program a different culture. A culture that takes pride in what they’re doing, takes accountability in what they are doing and teach these guys that they have to hold each accountable.” McClure also said there’s no replacement for hard work, a philosophy he is implementing with his team.
Success in sports is measured in wins and losses, but often times a first year coach might focus on personal victories. “We’re talking to these kids about winning championships,” McClure said. “ That’s the culture we are trying to get them to believe in — that they can go out and compete with anybody on any given night.” McClure acknowledged the first step towards a championship is to have a winning season, something that hasn’t happened at Hayesville since 2007.
Putting a team on the field that Hayesville and Clay County can be proud of is another goal of McClure’s. “You know the community, so far has been nothing but supportive.” McClure said he wants to field a team that represents this community each time out. “When they leave the game, win or lose, they can be proud of these boys and know that they played the game the right way and gave everything they had.”
Jacket Nation can get a look at the 2019 team Friday, Aug. 16 when they host Fannin County, Ga. for a scrimmage at 7:30 p.m.