Parents pack Bulldog Stadium for Meet the Coaches
By Sandy Jennings BCC Contributor
Hundreds of Bulldog parents filed into the stadium Monday night to listen to Athletic Director and Head football Coach David T. SIne discuss the rules and expectations for the upcoming season and introduce the football, volleyball and cross country coaching staff.
Sine started the meeting by introducing all coaches with an individual anecdote for each one. Bandera is adding several new coaches to their roster at both middle and high school campuses.
"This is the best coaching staff that I've had the honor to work with in my 22 years of coaching," Sine said. "They work hard for your children - support them. I promise they are good!"
Sine encouraged parents if they ever have any questions or concerns to please call and schedule a conference. He stated that although he prefers an "open door" policy, time does not allow and scheduled conferences work best.
The requirements and structure of treatment of injuries was next on the agenda. Sine introduced BHS Head Athletic Trainer "Doc" Bolan and the implementation of "the Pit" program.
"The Pit is basically an alternative workout program for injured athletes," Bolan said. "The program focuses on cardiovascular and strength training to compensate for missed workouts in the weight room."
Sine stressed that an injured athlete must communicate with their coach and Bolan to coordinate a treatment schedule. Most treatment will be administered before school at 6:45 am. Sine also discussed precautions taken to prevent injuries such as, helmet maintenance and teaching proper tackling techniques.
The Booster Club was thanked for their support in purchasing much needed items and parents were encouraged to join. Sine held up an FNF magazine that boasts the Bulldogs on the cover and thanked "Boosters, Mrs. Jennings and the Mayan Dude Ranch for achieving something I always wanted to do."
Sine encouraged parents to buy the magazine and Bulldog Nation flags. He also introduced the new weeklong "Shop Bandera" fundraiser, which consists of a coupon booklet highlighting many favorite restaurants and stores in Bandera, and can be purchased from a football, volleyball or cross country athlete, for twenty dollars this week only. Sine said the community support was incredible and the funds will be used to offset student athlete meals.
"I want all of our kids to be fed," Sine said. "Every sport has money budgeted by our school district for teams to receive meals, but I believe we need more. Every team will be fundraising for extra meal money."
Sine ended the meeting expressing his excitement for the new season.
"We're running a double-wing T slot offense and a 10-1 defense - we're running hard and we're going to hit them in the mouth," Sine said. "It's a bit of 'old school' and I feel really excited about it. We're trying to make it fun for the kids."
Encouraging parents to come watch the practices, Sine said Bulldog athletes are "great kids to coach" and thanked the parents for "doing a wonderful job in raising their kids."
"We're going to take care of them - and work their tails off," Sine said. "Six and 34 no more! The past doesn't matter - it's about now and the future. So get your popcorn ready and Go Big Blue!"