Goodbye to a role-model: Coach Bud

Posted: May 14, 2011 in Coaching Chronicles, High School Football, Memoirs, Tributes
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I just found out that Bud O’Connor passed away.

I can still remember an August morning in the high school auditorium.

Humma humma! … Daylight’s a burnin’!” the gritty offensive line coach hollered.

Michael Jackson’s Man in the Mirror blared from the speaker.

Coach Bud would put his trucker’s hat on and knowingly smile as he delighted in waking the team up before 6am.

Up we would go on our morning run.

Coach Bud made a kid want to be a better person.

He was demanding but flexible, always motivating, ever positive.

If you didn’t do it right this time then “dad-gummit,” you’d do it right next time.

You had better focus.  He could challenge you at any time… make you stand up for what you believe in.

Getting ready to play football.

Getting ready for life.

Much love and respect to a great teacher.

R.I.P. Coach Bud

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