Football Coach Remembers Lessons From Mentors

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Byron Quinlan just finished hosting the Payson High School football camp that drew more than 500 athletes from around the state. He’s now readying himself to lead the Longhorns into the 2011 season.

Most know Byron as a hometown boy who starred in football, basketball and track and field at Payson High School.

After graduating from PHS, he went on to earn his degree at Northern Arizona University and spent several summers working for the Forest Service as a helitack firefighter.

Today he’s a Rim Country Middle School counselor and beginning his second year as head football coach.

Today’s Extra Points is being turned over to Coach Quinlan to express some remembrances and gratitude.

He writes:

“Growing up as a young man in Payson, I was taught various life lessons by many teachers and coaches. Although many teachers were very influential, it was the coaches that spent their extra hours outside of the classroom that made the largest imprint on my life.

“As I begin my journey as a head coach, I often reflect back on many of the stories and lessons my former coaches taught me.

• Dan Dunn — Never Give Up,

Composure, Perseverance

• Max Foster — Brotherhood, Hold the

Rope, Love for Players

• Pete Greer — Dedication, Character,

Integrity

• Chuck Hardt — Hard Work,

Commitment, Endurance

• Don Heizer — Knowledge, Patience,

Persistence

• Dennis Pirch — Heart, Passion,

Desire

• Jim Quinlan — Faith, Family, Friends,

Academics, and Athletics (Priorities)

• Dan Reid — Humbleness, Confidence,

Technique

• Randy Wilcox — Faith, Generosity,

Kindness

“As I begin my second year as the varsity football coach in Payson, I often reflect upon the lessons these fine men taught me. All but one of these gentlemen still lives in Payson; however, he still has property and has deep roots embedded in our wonderful community. Each trait listed above sums up the great commitment and spirit that was exhibited last week during football camp.

“As a community, we played host to over 500 athletes and coaches. My sincere gratitude goes out to the throngs of Payson community members that helped run a successful and prosperous camp. Although I listed the coaches who played a role in my life, it would be unfair to generate a list of volunteers and helpers that graciously gave of their time because ultimately someone would be left out.

“However, my sincere appreciation goes out to all of those who stepped up and made this event a memorable one for all involved.

“The great town of Payson and Payson High School should be proud of the function we were able to pull off for our out of town guests.

“The football program definitely benefited from the services of all the volunteers. However, we were also able to raise monies for other athletic programs at Payson High School.

“As a football program, we were able to donate over $14,000 into other athletic accounts, in addition to the profit the football program was able to generate. All of this wouldn’t have been possible without the graciousness, hard work, and teamwork our community showcased.

“On behalf of the Payson High School football program, thank you.”

Coaches honored

The National High School Athletic Coaches Association at its annual banquet in Grand Rapids, Mich. has honored a pair of small-town Arizona coaches.

Lakeside Blue Ridge football coach Paul Moro and former Winslow girls basketball coach Don Petranovich were honored for lifetime achievement in coaching.

Petranovich retired at the end of the 2010 season in which his Lady Bulldogs beat Window Rock in the state finale to give him his eighth state championship.

Moro has won 11 state championships but was denied his 12th last fall when the Yellow Jackets lost to Show Low in the state championship game.

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