Steve Adams, a Batesville resident with two sons (Logan and Lucas) playing for the Nightmares B-team offered kind words for the coaches as well, commenting on their ability to teach life skills as much as the fundamentals of football to the children involved.
“It’s a bunch of people who care and get along,” Adams said of the staff and the heavily-involved groups of parents. “My sons learned a lot.”
Feelings were mutual among members of the coaching staff.
“It’s the best feeling in the world to teach kids the greatest game in the world,” Coach Rick Carroll said.
Jeff Beisel emphasized the culture of respect for one another the kids are expected to maintain and added that making certain the players were always having fun was key.
“This is just the best group of kids,” Beisel said.
The board members behind the team, in addition to those previously mentioned, include President Newt Shackelford and Treasurer Lynne Jarman. Shackelford and Jarman are two more parents who got involved in the program and have helped preach the team’s tenants of family, friends and football.
The team has also helped those parents forge friendships among one another, whether or not they ever expected to become “football moms and dads.”
Coaches Ralph and Lang emphasized the inclusive aspect of the Nightmares program and the ability for students who otherwise might not have an opportunity to play be given a chance to do so.
“It says a lot about our coaching staff and a lot about our kids,” Lang said of the team’s recent championship victory.
“But it’s not just about football. It’s about letting them know you love them and you care.”
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