A Leader In Every Locker, Week 8; Enthusiasm

Enthusiasm is the Week 8 leadership trait in our “Leader in Every Locker” series and I wholeheartedly believe is the reason we have extended our home winning streak to 18 games. 

St Johnsbury running back Jacob Silver, surging ahead and setting the example of determination and enthusiasm. Photo Credit: Michael Beniash, Caledonian Record

Enthusiasm is the display of sincere interest and exuberance in both the individual’s and team’s performance.  Displaying interest in a task, assignment, or responsibility and a healthy optimism believing it can be successfully completed greatly enhances the likelihood of success. 

Late in the 4th quarter on Friday night tied at 28, versus a very good team from Essex High School, our running back caught a 1-yard pass on 2nd & 17 and broke several tackles to put us in 3rd & 1.  He then turned to our bench and flexed reinforcing his belief in all they could accomplish together.  That act of enthusiasm inspired us to covert a 4th and 1 when it appeared we were stopped a yard deep in our backfield.  Then, just across midfield, he broke off a 24-yard run breaking five (5!) tackles before going down.  He got up pounding his chest reinforcing to all what we were capable of when working together.  His acts of enthusiasm inspired our offensive line and receivers to block even harder for him as he reeled off a 16-yard run on the next play putting us on the 7-yard line where our QB ran in on the very next play. 

Enthusiasm is contagious. As coaches, we need to recognize its spark and channel it in the right direction. Having seen what our offense accomplished, and feeling the ground swell of enthusiasm and confidence, Coaches challenged the defense to do their part. Essex started an impressive drive threatening our Red Zone, but as the clocked ticked down and tensions up, the defense rose to the challenge by thwarting the opponent with an interception in the waning seconds of the game. 

Now, with a “bye-week,” and two weeks until our next game, we’ll need to maintain enthusiasm in practice, meetings, and carry forward all we benefitted from in the win against a tough opponent.

Coach Rich Alercio is available to discuss coaching philosophy, X’s & O’s, or teach his O-Line “techniques in the trenches.” Contact Coach at richalercio@gmail.com and share http://www.olineskills.com with your colleagues and friends. Thanks for supporting this blog and joining our conversations, and as always, thanks for your time! 

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