The Friday night lights illuminate plenty of interesting sights. Throughout this high school football season, we’ll spotlight some of those who play an integral part in the action beyond the field.
What are your responsibilities on game days?
Making sure we have ball boys, cards for our signalers (who relay the play call from the sideline), making sure they know their responsibilities, and I personally, am one of the two signalers.
How did you get involved in student coaching?
I had several head injuries (while playing), and one day I talked to (Georgetown) coach (Jason) Dean about wanting to stay in the program without playing, knowing that there is life after football, and knowing that I want to be a football coach. Our offensive coordinator at the time, Mike Wall, really took me under his wing and showed me the ropes of what it takes to be a coach.
Is coaching something that you are interesting in as a career?
I have always wanted to be a college football coach since about elementary school. My grandfather Jim Champion was a defensive coordinator and assistant coach for several NFL teams, as well as coaching at Mississippi State, so it runs in the family. One of my many goals in life is to be a FBS offensive coordinator.
What is it like to work with the Georgetown coaching staff?
It’s great. I look up to these guys, and they have taught me a lot. When I transferred into student coaching, I thought I knew football, but I have learned 10 times more than what I knew coming in.
What is your relationship like with the players, who also are your classmates?
It’s pretty funny. I have picked up the nickname “Coach Champ,” over the past few years. Sometimes in class, when the work is done, we will go over their assignments or look over the scouting report. If they don’t know what to do, they can usually ask me.
What other roles have you held in Georgetown’s football program? What do you like doing the most?
I have served as a card guy, ball spotter in practice, and I have even helped out with the “dirty work,” doing laundry. I am always willing to do anything coach asks me to do because I am blessed to even have the opportunity to work with the staff. Being a card guy last year was a lot of fun because some of my good friends helped out with it as well.
If you were to coach another sport, what sport would you like to coach?
If I had to coach another sport, it would be basketball. There is something about the “swagger” that most basketball players have on the court and to me, that really makes it interesting.