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Teaching discipline and heart

Posted on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 11:09 am

Continuing the makeover for the Washington and Lee High School football program in his third year as a Head Coach, Joe Taylor and his team opened the season with a three-day, two-night, intensive Eagles Camp this past weekend.

It’s been at least two decades since the school hosted an overnight stay for the football team, but the timing seemed right to dust it off and reinstall the event with this year’s group.

“Eagles Camp 2019 was a huge success,” said Taylor.  “It was tough and grueling, but the guys were up for the challenge.”

Turning the school’s cafeteria into a dorm, Taylor, the coaches, and the varsity group pulled out the wrestling mats and used the time from five in the morning to lights out at 10 p.m. to not only go over the offense, defense, and team goals and philosophies, but also to teach life lessons.

“It was tough to wake up early and work hard every day,” admitted senior Wide Out and Corner Shane McNeill, “but we pushed through it and became closer as a team and as friends.”

There was a full itinerary that spanned everything from a 5:30 a.m. wrestling workout with the school’s head wrestling coach, to learning how to tie a neck tie, to having a talent show, to a special ceremony to break camp early Saturday evening.

“All of this would not have been possible without the support of so many people, including school administration, the food service team, and our coaches,” explained Taylor. “On his own initiative, Mr. Matt Birdsall, a teacher at the school, barbecued pork and chicken to provide the team with an awesome meal, and Major Wayne Morris (USMC) came all the way down from Quantico to spend time with us and talk to the guys about values and life lessons that will make football a transformative experience for them.”

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