Class is in session at Canyon Ridge High School. I am not only referring to the all the students who are receiving a high-quality education from caring teachers, staff members and administrators, but additionally I am referring to the varsity boys basketball coach,
Jacoby Fox, who is a class act.
I have observed Coach Fox first-hand behind the scenes and on game day. I have seen up close how hard Coach Fox works and how well he interacts with people, especially student athletes, coaches and parents. In the things that really matter in life, he is everything you want in a teacher and a coach. He is knowledgeable, positive, caring, organized, hard-working, honest, fair and inspiring. In short, he is one of classiest young coaches I have ever met. As a young coach, he is obviously not the most experienced in the conference, but he knows the sports he coaches as a high school athlete who has played and as a diligent coach who has studied the game. He outworks his opponents to prepare his football and basketball teams for success and to give them every opportunity to win. I don’t think he can do much more to help his basketball team win outside of shooting free throws for them or making game-winning layups.
I would like to see any other experienced coach get more out of his team this year than he has. Why does he sacrifice so much personal time for his student athletes? I’ll let you decide, but one thing is for sure it is not for the money. In terms of pay, coaching at the high school level is more like a hobby. If you do the math per hour, you would learn that coaching a high school sport works out to be something like 25 cents an hour, especially with how many hours Coach Fox puts in for his basketball program.
In the arena of competitive athletics, the in-your-face goal of winning drives all the hype around the games we enjoy and sometimes the ugliness that makes you wonder what people are thinking. More importantly, however, the goal of winning pursued with an honorable coach drives life lessons that mold young athletes into productive, upright adults.
The varsity football, basketball and track teams on which I participated at Twin Falls High School never made the state finals, but I did learn critical life lessons with the help of some classy coaches — lessons of dedication, hard work, cooperation, enthusiasm, tenacity, optimism, and to always do my best and never give up.
My son is learning those same life lessons even more so by playing for Coach Fox. I wonder how many other teams could face each game with such determination to do their best and never give up under the current situation.
Let’s all remember: what you get by pursuing your goals is not as important as what you