Good coach, good man

Dear Editor:

I had the honor of attending this year’s Potter football banquet, and I must say it was a privilege to watch these young men who have worked so hard, receive the recognition that they deserve. However, the following day, I received some very sad news. Rick Prescott, the head coach of my beloved Potters, had decided to spend more time with his family and turn the reigns over.

Rick was not just a football coach to these young men, he was a life coach. One of my first conversations with Rick after him taking the job was about just that, he wanted to coach these young men at life first, football second.

The sad part about all of this, and the reason for this letter, is that the record books will only show wins and losses on the field. You see, Rick may not of won an OVAC title or a state championship, but in my book he won a lot more. Rick won the hearts and minds of a group of young kids, many of which have never felt love and respect like he shared with them.

In a time when family values are pretty much nonexistent, Rick worked very hard to instill some of those values in these young men. Rick built a foundation that will live on for many years at ELHS. For the first time in many years, these young men know what is expected of them; they cherish the privilege of being a Potter and most of all they have learned to respect themselves.

Whoever the next coach may be, I promise that this tradition of dedication, self-respect, and teamwork will live on.

Men like Rick Prescott are far and few, I personally am pleased to have had the pleasure to stand beside him on many Friday nights.

To Rick, I want to say thank you for your service to our children, may God bless you and your family, and good luck in your future endeavors.

Brian Allen

East Liverpool