TROY — School is about to start and that means football season is here. Troy High School football coach, Matt Burgbacher, shared his thoughts and plans for the team at Troy Rotary’s weekly meeting on Aug. 15.
In his third season leading the Trojans, the team is ranked 4th in the informal State preseason divisional poll. This ranking is a signal that the reputation of Troy’s football program has improved and moved past its recent history of losing seasons. By focusing on helping each player reach his full personal development, Burgbacher has seen better attitudes and improved personal pride in each young man. This is evident in clean locker rooms each day and a winning attitude on Friday nights. He stresses that each member of the team “gets to” work hard, practice, and become leaders on and off the field, compared to the “has to” mentality that often leads to negative thoughts and defeatist behaviors.
While winning is important to the future of the program, Burgbacher and the staff preach education and personal development over the win/loss tally. This holistic system of doing the right thing day in and day out helped the team achieve a 10-2 season in 2016, a record that exceeded the goals and expectations of the program. Burgbacher praised his assistant coaches and the daily work they do with the players. He relies on his staff to convey and emphasize their holistic approach.
In addition to working with the staff and players during the regular season, Burgbacher runs an off-season leadership program for all athletes at the high school, not just those who are on the football team. As the program has evolved, Burgbacher has seen more maturity in his players, with a better conditioning regimen and positive mindset towards the football season, as well as everyday activities. For more information on the football program, including this year’s schedule, visit www.troy.k12.oh.us/Athletics.
Troy Rotarians and the Troy Rotary Foundation support several community projects annually. During the 2016-17 Rotary year, over $16,000 in scholarships and community aid was distributed from the fund, including support for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program, Rotary’s annual Shoe Project, academic and community service scholarships, and sponsorships to summer camps at Brukner Nature Center and WACO Air Museum. In addition to the financial support, Rotarians volunteered nearly 400 hours to several service projects. The Troy Rotary Club is a member-involved, goal-oriented service club focused on socio/economic issues that have an impact both locally and internationally. Follow the club’s activities on Facebook at Troy Rotary Club. To learn more about Rotary and membership in the club, please visit www.troyohiorotary.org.