Players said to be much tougher ‘back in the day’

‘Tougher’ in 1930s, ’40s, ’50s vs. 1980s; in 1902 vs. 1939

As a high school football coach, I attended many coaching clinics. Those clinics had many formal sessions in which Xs and Os were presented by distinguished speakers.

My coaching mentor, Don Ward, always guided me to the informal sessions where coaches conversed about the Jimmies and Joes and the puzzles that coaches face. These gatherings opened my young coaching eyes to the challenges of the profession.

In 1987 I was in Atlanta at a coaching clinic sipping an adult beverage in an informal session when an older gentlemen, sitting on the stool next to me, began a conversation. We exchanged a little of our backgrounds and began to talk football.

As the conversation grew deeper, he revealed that in the ’40s and ’50s he had coached college football in the Big Ten and told stories about strategies of the victories and losses in his career.

I was locked in.

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Academy private-to-public switch: Wells leaves CAK for HVA

HARDIN VALLEY – A new era for Hardin Valley Academy boys basketball has begun.

The school has hired former Christian Academy of Knoxville head coach Shane Wells to take the reins of its boys program.

Wells was introduced as Hawks’ coach Monday, May 18. He replaces Shane Chambers, who resigned earlier this spring.

“One of the things that appealed to me about Hardin Valley was, I think that it’s one of the few places in Knoxville where you have a community school because Knoxville is so big,” Wells said. “Knoxville is so big, so you’re just in Knoxville.

“Hardin Valley is kind of by itself and you know where your kids are coming from,” he added. “They’re coming from Hardin Valley Middle School, they’re coming from Cedar Bluff Middle School and you get one or two from Karns (Middle)and one or two from Farragut (Middle). You have an elementary school, a middle school and a high school on the same campus, and being at CAK really prepared me for that.”

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FHS sports programs to wait until June 1

While Farragut area high school sports programs had the green light to begin COVID-19-sensitive workouts Tuesday, May 26, for the 2020-21 season, Farragut High School teams will wait until Monday, June 1, “to make certain we’re ready to go,” Donald Dodgen, FHS athletic director, said.