By Joe Lombardi

The Cove Herald

Nearly 100 distaff Bulldawg backers got “coached up” for the 2008 season at the second annual Central Texas Football Clinic for Women Aug. 21 at the Holy Family Catholic Church social hall.

Interjecting humorous stories with nuts and bolts football philosophy, head coach Jack Welch and his staff gave the ladies an intensive two-hour course in the basics of the National Sport of Texas, high school football.

“It’s nice to be around so many nice ladies,” said Welch. “Usually, this time of year, I’m stuck with a bunch of guys in sweaty clothes, so this is a nice change.”

Offensive coordinator Tracy Welch diagrammed basic plays and described the players’ responsibilities, while defensive coordinator Reb Brock gave a talk on defense.

One of the evening’s highlights was a presentation by Texas Association of Sports Officials member David Thornhill on why penalties are called and how they are enforced, using members of the coaching staff to demonstrate various infractions.

After a question and answer period, Welch pointed out the value of extracurricular activities and high school athletics in particular.

“About one-half of the athletes are at-risk kids,” he said. “They know that to stay in our program, they have to pass their courses and they have to act right. As coaches and teachers, we have the opportunity to influence people and change lives. That’s exciting.”

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