In the Tank: Lee Ozmint

New Arab football coach Lee Ozmint gives junior high players some advice at the close of spring practice last Wednesday.

If you haven’t heard, Arab’s new head football coach has been making a big difference with a lot of folks already, in the weightroom, on the practice field, in the schools and around the city.

Lee Ozmint spreads a positive and powerful message, to young and old alike.

But mainly to the young. His speech to fifth graders at the DARE grad-uation a few weeks ago was very well received. Some called it inspiring.

A week ago today, Ozmint and his staff held the second of two spring practices with the players who will make up the seventh and eighth grade football teams later this year. His high school team begins spring practice today.

When practice ended last Wednesday, Ozmint called all the players into a group in front of him. He demanded their respect. He got it.

Ozmint pleaded with the players to get outdoors and do something this summer.

“Stay off the Xbox, please,” he said. “Xbox and PlayStation are straight from the devil.

“Get outdoors. Walk. Ride a bike. Something. Anything.”

At that point, Ozmint stopped and asked the players, “Who wants to get faster for next season?”

Everyone raised their hands.

“Then ride a bicycle this summer,” he said. “Riding a bike is the best way to get faster.

“If you have a bike, ride it. If you don’t, ask your parents’ to get you one. If they can’t get you one, come see me. I’ll get you a bike.”

Ozmint, I am certain, will make a difference in Arab football. His track record is that good (seven straight playoff appearances at Glencoe) and he’s inheriting a team that is growing, in numbers, size and ability. Players who survived last season, equipped with the education of hard knocks, now will become the hunters, and Ozmint and his positive approach will be the ideal person to lead the way.

I remember when Ozmint was approved as the new head coach back in January. Two things stand out about what he said that day.

“I’ll tell you how we’re going to play,” he said. “We’re going to hit you, then we’re going to help you up.

“Then we’re going to hit you again and help you up again.

“We’re going to run the ball and we’re going to hang on to it. We do that, we’ll be succcessful.”

Then he concluded with: “Thanks for giving me this opportunity, and you will not be disappointed.”

I believe him.

If you haven’t heard, Arab’s new head football coach has been making a big difference with a lot of folks already, in the weightroom, on the practice field, in the schools and around the city.

Lee Ozmint spreads a positive and powerful message, to young and old alike.

But mainly to the young. His speech to fifth graders at the DARE grad-uation a few weeks ago was very well received. Some called it inspiring.

A week ago today, Ozmint and his staff held the second of two spring practices with the players who will make up the seventh and eighth grade football teams later this year. His high school team begins spring practice today.

When practice ended last Wednesday, Ozmint called all the players into a group in front of him. He demanded their respect. He got it.

Ozmint pleaded with the players to get outdoors and do something this summer.

“Stay off the Xbox, please,” he said. “Xbox and PlayStation are straight from the devil.

“Get outdoors. Walk. Ride a bike. Something. Anything.”

At that point, Ozmint stopped and asked the players, “Who wants to get faster for next season?”

Everyone raised their hands.

“Then ride a bicycle this summer,” he said. “Riding a bike is the best way to get faster.

“If you have a bike, ride it. If you don’t, ask your parents’ to get you one. If they can’t get you one, come see me. I’ll get you a bike.”

Ozmint, I am certain, will make a difference in Arab football. His track record is that good (seven straight playoff appearances at Glencoe) and he’s inheriting a team that is growing, in numbers, size and ability. Players who survived last season, equipped with the education of hard knocks, now will become the hunters, and Ozmint and his positive approach will be the ideal person to lead the way.

I remember when Ozmint was approved as the new head coach back in January. Two things stand out about what he said that day.

“I’ll tell you how we’re going to play,” he said. “We’re going to hit you, then we’re going to help you up.

“Then we’re going to hit you again and help you up again.

“We’re going to run the ball and we’re going to hang on to it. We do that, we’ll be succcessful.”

Then he concluded with: “Thanks for giving me this opportunity, and you will not be disappointed.”

I believe him.

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