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Walker: New Orleans youth coaching icon Firmin Simms lived to be 91, but his legacy will surely live forever –

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It's been 40 years since Will Clark last played a baseball game for Firmin Simms.

Yet Clark still made it a point to always make a phone call and reach out to Simms at least once a year.

That's the type of impact Simms had on every single life he touched.

"He was just such a big influence growing up," Clark said. "Not just baseball, but off the field-wise too."

Simms, one of the most influential men in New Orleans youth sports, died of natural causes on May 9.

He lived 91 years.

His legacy is sure to live on even longer because of how much he meant to the life of not only Clark, but everyone he ever coached.

That list reads like a Who's Who of athletes from New Orleans, stretching from the baseball diamond to the basketball court to the football field.

Former major leaguers like Clark and Rusty Staub, basketball stars like Sean Tuohy, Kerry Kittles and D.J. Augustine, and ex-NFL running back Leroy Hoard played for Simms at some point.

"The list just goes on and on," said David Moreau, one of Simms' former players who is the athletic director at Jesuit High School. "And it's in so many walks of life. Priests. Teachers. Principals. Doctors. Lawyers. And so many of those people did so many things for so many other people. So he's a legacy coach. The things he taught you were so far beyond the ball fields and courts. They were things that you go on to teach your children and grandchildren."

Simms was inducted into the Allstate Sugar Bowl Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame in 1986 and is also in the Babe Ruth Baseball Hall of Fame. His inclusion into both were surely no-brainers.

Simms' teams made it to the Babe Ruth World Series 16 times. They won it all five times.

He also won 10 national championships for Biddy Basketball and one world title. Simms went on to become the national director for Biddy Basketball for more than two decades.

A coaching career that began as a teenager at St. Cecilia and Bunny Friend Playground in the Ninth Ward eventually took him all over the world and into the lives of so many.

"There is no doubt in my mind that had I not played ball for Firmin Simms, that the good things that happened in my life in athletics would not have occurred," Moreau said. "I think all of us felt that way."

How did Simms find the time to do all that he did, going from one sport to another for 365 days of the year while also working a full-time job?

"I have no idea, to tell you the truth," Moreau said. "Any of us who ever played for him are grateful to his family for the sacrifices they made so he could make the sacrifices he made to have an impact on the lives of all of us who played for him."

Simms made those he coached better baseball and basketball and football players.

But more importantly, he made them better people.

His faith was important to him. Taking his players to Mass after a game or practice was common. So were prayer services in hotels on road trips.

"All of his teams knew God was first, teammates came second and 'I' was last," said Jerry Simms, his son.

George Hebbler, an attorney, still attends Mass every day because of Simms.

"He brought God onto the playing field for us," Hebbler said. "He made great men out of boys. He was just a prince of a guy who really deserves more accolades than he received. But I don't think he ever cared about accolades. If we had more men like him in this world, what a great place it would be."

A funeral Mass for Simms will be held Friday at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Metairie. Visitation for the general public will be held at the church from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Until then, those who knew Simms will continue to share stories about their former coach. They'll talk about the games and the road trips. They'll mention the lessons. They'll bring up "De Colores," a song that Simms often taught his players. The song, popular in Spanish culture, is also often used in the Catholic church. It's a song about things like loving all colors and God's grace and bringing souls to Christ.

"That's what he really believed in, and that was his cause," Clark said.

In fact, some often just refer to Simms as "De Colores." And others, like Clark, simply just called him "Coach."

But as David Moreau's brother Doug will tell you, Simms wasn't just a coach.

"He was about developing good people and faithful people," Doug Moreau said. "It was about what they became as men. And to him that was bigger than any wins or championships."

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral Mass at 2 p.m. on May 22 at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 105 Bonnabel Blvd, Metairie, with a private burial to follow. The funeral Mass will be live-streamed from the church for those who are unable to attend. Live streaming can be accessed here: A visitation for the general public will be held at the church from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Struggling with Issues Related to COVID-19? – Hernando Sun

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Local Practitioner Offers Complimentary Emotional Support Calls

Perhaps now more than ever, people often find themselves in need of someone to talk to; someone to converse with about the stresses and frustrations facing them at this most uncertain and frightening of times. Yet also more than ever, when so many are isolated and confined to their homes, that kind, caring someone may seem illusive.

Those feeling alone and stressed in the time of COVID-19 now have a new local lifeline, in the form of a free telephone line.

Diane Friedberg, wellness coordinator at WellCome OM Integral Healing & Education Center in Spring Hill, is offering Complimentary Emotional Support Calls to anyone struggling with issues related to COVID-19.

This is our way of giving back to the community, and falls in line with the work we do anyway, said Diane, a certified professional life coach with more than 30 years experience. Everyone is affected by whats going on right now, and we need to help.

The help that Friedberg offers comes in the form of free 30-minute sessions in which she speaks to callers one-on-one to discuss and offer comforting guidance in regards to their challenges, concerns, and goals in these troubled times.

There are so many levels and layers to this crisis, and people are worried about their futures, said Friedberg, a Certified Wellness & Life Coach, accredited by The Coaches Training Institute. Many people were facing hardships before, that are now coupled with the current world situation. And they might be isolated from family and friends, the ones they usually talk to about their problems.

Friedberg stresses that her phone service is not an emergency line, and that she cant offer concrete solutions to individual problems.

What I offer is guidance, said Friedberg, whose background includes life, wellness, oncology, program development, energy work, seminars, management, marketing, and public relations. I listen to them as they express their feelings and tell me what is going on with them.

Beyond listening, Friedberg--a certified HeartMath Coach, a Reiki practitioner, and PureBioenergy specialist--offers basic suggestions to help callers alleviate their fears and concerns. She might take them through basic breathing and relaxation exercises, refer them to books and videos that demonstrate yoga and meditation techniques (particularly helpful for those who find it difficult to visit gyms and studios right now), suggest distracting household activities (everything from watching a light-hearted movie to cleaning out a closet) and generally help them achieve a calmer, more positive mindset.

I try to help them connect their thoughts and their feelings, to give them good thoughts and positive visualizations, she said. Once you realize you have an issue, the main thing is how it affects you on an emotional scale. When you eliminate your fears, you learn how to cope. When you have a more positive perspective, you think more clearly.

At the completion of the call, Friedberg hopes to give the caller the tools that will help them face and master their challenges.

Once we get to the root of the fear, the caller can achieve the right emotional attitude, she said. Then they can take it from there.

The next step, in the minds of some, might be an in-person holistic wellness session with Friedberg at the WellCome OM Center, 4242 Lake in the Woods Drive in Spring Hill.

Were still here, offering the same services, said Friedberg. We take extreme precautions and practise social distancing, but we are open.

Callers are under no obligation to schedule an in-person session; indeed, Friedberg says that she simply wants to give callers the tools and the initiative to seek their own peace of mind, on their own terms.

To schedule a Complimentary Emotional Support Call, visit

Our goal with these calls, said Friedberg. is to empower.

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BAY CITY, MI -- The Bay County Sports Hall of Fame has turned the big 3-0.

And its still going strong.

The local organization unveiled its 30th induction class Sunday on a Facebook Live event, revealing the eight individuals and two teams joining the hallowed hall in 2020. More than 700 Life Members are eligible to vote for the induction class each year.

The induction banquet is set for Nov. 8 at the DoubleTree hotel and conference center in downtown Bay City. Visit for more information on the banquet, how to nominate a candidate or how to become a voting Life Member.

Jim Davidson circles the bases after hitting a home run for Handy in the district semifinal in 1975.


T.L. Handy baseball had a proud postseason history, and this was the team that started it all.

The Wildcats of 1975 pulled off a miraculous comeback in the district semifinal, then rode the momentum all the way to a state runner-up finish. Handy won its first district and regional championships behind the likes of Paul Nelson and Jim Davidson.

Handy captured the Saginaw Valley League crown and finished with a 28-5 record that season under coach Dave Petrosky.


In the 10th varsity football season at Essexville Garber, the Dukes delivered a season to remember for all time.

Coach Ed Harveys squad powered to the first 9-0 record in program history, capturing the Northern B Conference crown. The nine wins still stands as the programs single-season record.

The Dukes went unblemished while outscoring the opposition 266-31. The defense posted four shutouts and no team scored more than once against them. Jim Mackey led the offense with 1,427 rushing yards.

Dan Revette laughs with his players after practice at Coryell Field in Bay City during preparations for the Pony League World Series.


For a quarter-century worth of ballplayers, Revette was the face of Bay County Pony League.

A 25-year volunteer for the age 13-14 baseball organization, he taught the game to wave after wave of ballplayers and gave them the foundation for success on the diamond and beyond.

"If you talk to any of the boys who played for him over the years, they would all tell you they had the utmost respect for him," said Gary Stefaniak, the longtime Pony League official in 2019. "But many of them would simply say they loved him -- because they know how much he cared for them."

Revette was frequently chosen as head coach of the primary All-Star team, and he guided them to success at the state, zone and World Series level. Bay County competed in the World Series 12 times during his tenure. His 1998 team was the first in 15 years to qualify for the grand stage and his 2006 team was the first to score a World Series victory.

A longtime basketball and football coach at Bay City Western Middle School, he also served as the first head coach of the Delta College baseball program after helping launch the endeavor in 2009. A mentor to dozens of kids who went on to play college and professional baseball, Revette died last September at the age of 66.


After a solid prep career, Bach erupted at the college level, becoming one of the most accomplished performers in the history of the Oakland University swimming and diving program.

She garnered eight all-American honors, the most possible for collegiate divers, while becoming a fixture at the NCAA Division II championships.

Bach captured the GLIAC diving championship all four years on the 3-meter board and added a fifth title on the 1-meter board, establishing school records in each event. She placed among the top-10 in the nation four years in a row, finishing as high as third on two occasions.

She helped Oakland capture two NCAA national championships and two national runner-up finishes and was inducted into the schools Hall of Fame in 2009.

A 1992 graduate of John Glenn, she placed ninth in the state as a senior before going on to bigger and better things.


Some two decades since her last game, Gifford remains the biggest name in Ferris State University softball history.

A two-time All-American and three-time all-Great Lakes Region first-teamer, she led the Bulldogs to back-to-back World Series berths, including a third-place finish in 1998. The 1999 graduate rewrote the Ferris record book and still owns program highs with a .373 average, 277 hits, 193 RBIs, 19 triples and 31 home runs.

Gifford powered her Bay City Central squads to great heights as a 1995 graduate. She led the softball team to the state semifinals with a 37-4 record while earning all-Saginaw Valley League and all-state honors as a senior. She sparked the basketball team to a 45-4 record and two district titles in her final two varsity seasons.

She is now the varsity softball coach at Lapeer High School.


From humble beginnings with the John Glenn volleyball team, Morin rose to greatness as a Division I collegiate star and beyond.

A 6-foot-1 force at the net, she put her leaping skills and powerful arm to potent use as a four-year standout at Western Michigan University.

When we recruited her, she had a very whippy arm, WMU coach Cathy George said in a 1997 story. With how fast her arm was and the right set of circumstances, she could be something special.

That would loom true as the 1996 Glenn graduate became a three-time all-Mid-American Conference honoree at WMU. She still ranks among Western Michigans top-10 in seven career stats, including 3.38 kills per set, 4.39 points per set, 406 total blocks and a .345 attack percentage.

Morin earned invites to join the U.S. Olympic Training Center and the Pan-Am Games training team. She went on to play professionally in Austria for two years before competing in the Midwest Professional Volleyball Association and on the Extreme Volleyball Professional Tour.

She was a three-time all-NEMC first-teamer, earning all-state her senior year at Glenn.


After leading Bay City Central to great heights, Petty went on to duplicate that feat at Ferris State University, making her one of the most accomplished volleyball players in Bay County history.

A versatile player who played setter and middle hitter, the 1992 Central graduate emerged as one of the states top prep players. She led the Wolves to league, district and regional championships in back-to-back seasons and a 101-15 record. She garnered Saginaw Valley League MVP and all-state Dream Team honors as a senior in 1991.

Petty kept delivering big things at the Division II college level, becoming one of the all-time greats at Ferris State. The four-year setter still ranks third in program history with 204 service aces and fifth with 3,443 assists. She was a two-time all-GLIAC honoree and earned all-Great Lakes Region honors in 1994, when she led the Bulldogs in assists and attack percentage.

She currently serves as Bay City Westerns varsity volleyball coach.

Bay City Central assistant Gene Rademacher gives Jeff Mackey instruction on the sideline.THE BAY CITY TIMES


A fixture on the local football scene since 1971, Rademacher has been a driving force and a guiding influence for nearly 50 years worth of athletes at Bay City Handy and Bay City Central.

A quarterback at Western Michigan University, he put his playing experience into action as an offensive mastermind. He was part of the staff that led Central to the state title game in 1994 and was one of five 30-year BCC coaches named Assistant Coach of the Year by the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association in 2014.

"To stick around that long, that tells you a lot about the character of these guys," said Morley Fraser, the former Central head coach, in a 2014 story. "Their time and dedication and their loyalty to the kids and to the program, you can't put a value on all of that."

Rademacher spent 16 years coaching at Handy, serving as head coach from 1973-77. He made the move to Central in 1987 and has been entrenched in the program ever since. He also assisted with basketball, baseball and track during his tenure.


Smith joins his father, Namon Smith, in the Bay County Sports Hall of Fame after a dazzling career in football and track.

The 1989 Bay City Central graduate roared to the Class A state championship in the 100-meter dash. He also notched a pair of fifth-place finishes at the state meet and shattered school records in the 400 relay and 3200 relay, as well as the long jump standard once held by his father.

A first-team all-Saginaw Valley League performer on the football field, he rushed for 1,409 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Wolves over two varsity seasons. He took those skills to the Division I college level, lettering for three seasons at Northwestern University.

Smith ranked among the Big Tens top kickoff returners in 1989 with 19 returns for a 19.3 average.

A situational running back, he ran for 237 yards and caught eight passes in his collegiate career. In 1991, he was named Player of the Game in Northwesterns 16-13 win over Michigan State.


A natural born leader, hes taken the reins and driven his team to success at every turn along a whirlwind sports adventure.

The 2003 Bay City Central graduate led the Wolves to their first Saginaw Valley League baseball championship in 19 years, setting school records for hits and stolen bases in a career and ranking among the all-time leaders with 21 wins on the mound. He batted .515 with 44 RBIs as a senior and was named first-team all-state for the second time.

In the 11 years Ive coached, hes the best leader Ive yet to meet, then-Central coach Mark Krzysiak said in 2003. People want to follow him. Theres just something in his nature that brings that out.

Vrable led Grand Rapids Junior College to the NJCAA World Series crown in 2004 then went Division I at Coastal Carolina. He helped the Chanticleers to the Big South Conference title and a program record for wins, leading the team in batting average and stolen bases in 2006 and setting records for assists and putouts as a second baseman in 2007.

Vrable currently serves as assistant coach at the University of Louisville, where he has helped the Cardinals to a pair of World Series berths.

Charlie Beaver was head of the Bay County Roadrunners youth wrestling club for 25 years.


For 25 years, Beaver carried the torch and showed the way for youth wrestlers of Bay County.

He served as president of the Bay County Road Runners youth wrestling club, introducing hundreds of kids to the sport and paving the way to spectacular careers. He helped launch the Mid-Michigan Wrestling Association and the Northeast Michigan Wrestling Association, expanding opportunities for kids across the state.

Beaver died May 7 at the age of 77.

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When Bret Page was 3-months-old, he sat in the stands watching his dad, Rick, coach football. Now as a father with almost two decades of coaching experience, Page often finds himself on the same sideline where he used to play middle linebacker as he serves as Bryans head boys track and field coach and an assistant football coach.

Page grew up moving from place to place while his dad was a defensive coordinator at high schools including Wylie and Pasadena for 20 years. The Page family eventually settled in Bryan when Rick Page was named the Vikings assistant athletic director in 1992.

Similar to Pages years growing up as a coachs son, he took pride in being an athletic directors son. It meant going to every Viking sporting event, and he eventually joined in on the fun as a freshman. Page played almost all the sports Bryan offered. In middle school he participated in football, baseball and basketball before adding track and wrestling in high school.

Football was always my love, Page said. The wrestling was good for me, and I liked doing that. Track started for me because I wanted to get faster at football, but it was a great atmosphere and I got to spend time with my buddies.

After graduating in 2001, Page earned a spot on the Mary Hardin-Baylor football team as a middle linebacker for longtime coach Pete Fredenburg.

Four years later with a life sciences degree and a new appreciation for coaching and teaching, Page made the decision to follow in his dads footsteps. Luckily for Page, moving around as a kid forced him to make new friends quickly and adapt to new environments, something he said helps him handle coaching 100-plus kids in football and track each year.

After college Page joined current Bryan head coach Ross Rogers at Harker Heights for his first coaching experience as a freshman football coach in 2005. When Rogers came out of retirement to head the Vikings football team, he said Page was the only coach on his list of must-have assistants. One thing that stood out to Rogers was Pages extensive experience with well-known Texas coaches.

You get a lot of young, energetic coaches that know what they know, Rogers said. But I think the thing that stuck out to me is that Page had different experiences and under some outstanding coaches.

Page also credits his love for coaching to his history working with coaches like Fredenburg, former Bryan head coach Marty Criswell, A&M Consolidated assistant coach Bill Hoppers and especially his father.

I think my father was a big contributor to that, and then of course it didnt hurt to have all these great coaches that I had coached for and played for throughout the years, Page said.

Page has been back at his alma mater for eight years. While many of his coaches helped him improve his coaching skills, he also says having kids of his own has helped him instruct with more empathy and patience.

Its something he and other coaches and teachers are getting a crash course in this spring. With school now conducted virtually due to the coronavirus, Page said hes reminded why he has a passion for coaching and mentoring kids.

Its so hard because now we have to do things through social media and Im going from seeing these kids sometimes more than my own kids to now not seeing them at all, Page said. I think thats why most coaches go into this business is to [be a role model].

He gets an A+ from his father on becoming a role model. Rick Page retired in 2007 and now sits in the stands while his son does the coaching and he couldnt be prouder.

Its been a treat, Rick Page said. So many people get to see their kids play high school football and then a very few are fortunate to watch them play in college. But then the icing on the cake is to then follow his career after graduating from college as a coach and still be a part of his life and his career as a coach.

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RIO RANCHO, N.M. They say Charity begins at home, and for the new Cleveland High School volleyball coach, home has been in quite a few places.

Soon, itll be in Rio Rancho.

The new Storm head coach, Charity Gomez, the fourth for the Storm since its first match in the late summer of 2009, says, I think I have the best job in America.

Chosen from a field of eight candidates and picked over fellow finalist Ashley Rhoades, a former Rio Rancho High School volleyball and basketball standout, Gomez replaces recently dismissed Storm coach Brian Ainsworth.



Theres no argument about Gomez having experience; she has an intriguing rsum.

Although she was born in Oklahoma, where her father had played college football, the family later moved to Roswell and then Socorro.

She played volleyball at Socorro, graduating in 1994, before heading to play for Seward County Community College for two years, where she made All-Conference and All-Region teams both years.

Gomez then played two years for the Mustangs of Southern Methodist University, where she made All-Conference her senior year and was an NSCA Strength and Conditioning All-American in 1997.

Gomez coached at New Mexico Military Institute (2001-06), Frank Phillips College (2006-08), where she led her teams to an overall record of 81-10 and was named the District D Coach of the Year, Region V Coach of the Year and Western Junior College Athletic Association Coach of the Year in 2006 and 07. In 2007, her squad (42-3) was ranked No. 1 in the nation during the season and was ranked No. 4 at seasons end.

In 2008, Gomez accepted the position as assistant volleyball coach at SMU, then headed to Portales in 2013 when her husband was hired as a member of the Eastern New Mexico University baseball coaching staff. Gomez became the head volleyball coach at Portales High School.

The Rams went 54-39 in her four seasons there as head coach.

Gomez has been involved with the game for most of her life. Her athletic roots came from her father and an uncle.


Dad played college football in Oklahoma; I was born there, she said. He was a former athletic director and coach at NMMI.

An uncle, Tony Valencia, was the boys basketball coach at Socorro High.

I started (playing volleyball) in like the seventh grade; Id been a gymnast (in Roswell) till then, she said, and never left it.

Why coach?

Just being around competitive spirit I have it in me, she said, admitting shell sometimes go after an official if shes unhappy with a call.

In my case, I know what my girls do in the gym every single day, she said, offering a call on a perceived double-hit.

Its a subjective (sport); a double to me might not be a double to somebody else, (but) I dont really love to get after the refs have to stay focused, Gomez said. I just want the game called fairly.

Shes not worried about being in Class 5A after spending time in 4A; facing big-school powerhouses like La Cueva, Rio Rancho, Cibola, etc, doesnt faze her.


My teams at Portales, all jump-served, from top to bottom, and played other sports, she said. We had to have a way to get an advantage, have that give us a bit of an advantage.

She doesnt ask much from her players: I just want them to come every day and give me 100 percent of whatever that is; I ask them to bring good, competitive energy to the gym every day, she said. Well do some fun things, play music, lift their spirits. I ask for their best for two hours.

Having fun comes with winning: We will have fun, she said. But I cant entertain (my players) every day; (theyve) chosen to be part of a competitive environment.

I coached college for a few years Ive seen it at the highest levels, she said. (The big difference is) the timeline is different your preparation is very limited.

Shes hopeful, in light of COVID-19, of meeting all her players and returning to the gym sometime in July, pending the governors and the NMAAs approval, but that might be optimistic.

She has no problem with sharing student-athletes with other sports.

I think multi-sport athletes are awesome, she said. In a sport like volleyball, you have a lot of mechanical things you have to do, so another sport is a good break for them, she said, knowing not all coaches like to share. Why not have the best high school experience available.

Gomez, wholl be teaching health and PE at Cleveland, oozes with confidence.

I believe Im a forward thinker and my teams are trained well, she said. I think I have the best job in America.

Rio Rancho High School volleyball coach Toby Manzanares said hes known Gomez and is looking forward to continuing a competitive rivalry between his Rams and the Storm, as he had done in the past when coaches Ben Wallis his former assistant and Brian Ainsworth led the Storm.

She brought her Portales team to our preseason Jamboree, he said, familiar with Gomez and her coaching.

Her dad (Charlie Saavedra; see sidebar story) called me before she did, Manzanares said. Part of my job to get these younger coaches ready to take the baton and grow the sport in the next few years. She is all volleyball all the time she eats and drinks it.

I think itll be a lot of fun working with her; shell be a great role model, he said. She expects a lot, so well continue doing the things weve done.

Charity Gomez.

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Global Business Resource Management Consulting Market Size, Status and Forecast 2020-2026

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Ron Ludington, an Olympicbronze medalist as a pairs figure skaterin 1960and a coach for dozens of Olympians during a career that spanned more than 50 years, died Thursday at the age of 85.

Ludington, or "Luddy," as he was affectionately known, was named to theFigure Skating Hall of Fame in 1999. During his coaching career, Ludington turned the Skating Club of Wilmington and University of Delaware into nationally renowned training venues for elite figure skaters.

At the Skating Club of Wilmington, that included 1984 Olympic pairs silver medalists Peter and Kitty Carruthers.

In 1987,Ludington became the director of UD's Ice Skating Science Development Center.

At UD, he coached 1992Olympians Calla Urbanski and Rocky Marval, a pairs team. Andhe helped train three-time national champion and two-time Olympian Johnny Weir, whose coach was Priscilla Hill;along with 2006 World Champion and Olympian Kimmie Meissner, coached by Pamela Gregory.

Ron Ludington trained dozens of Olympic skaters while coaching in Delaware from 1970 at the Skating Club of Wilmington and the University of Delaware.(Photo: Delaware News Journal file)

When Ludington officially retired from UD in 2010, he had coached skaters innine consecutive Olympics, more than 30 in all. Many of those skaters ended up having long coaching careers.

Thatincluded 1984 and 1988 Olympian Scott Gregory, an ice dancer.

"Luddy was such a powerful and great man, and everyone looked up to him with such respect," Gregory said. "He was such a great skater and coach that you were almost scared to have a lesson with him because you wanted to do so well for him."

Weir said he had a similar feeling with Ludington.

"He was at every one of my practices," Weir said. "He basically oversaw all the young talent at UD. He would always tell me to work hard, and that if I did that, I'd make it.

"I would work hard for my coach, just so she could tell him that. Luddy was such a stabilizing force for me."

When Weir was 13, Hill couldn't attend his first junior nationals in Slovakia. Ludington was taking other skaters there, so he served as Weir's "stand-in coach" for the event.

Ron Ludington, top row, center, and his skaters at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo. Scott Gregory and his partner, Elisa Spitz are far left. Silver medalists Peter and Kitty Carruthers are second from right.(Photo: COURTESY OF SCOTT GREGORY)

"He had a great demeanor about him," Weir said. "He didn't yell or scream, but he definitely got his point across. He could be stern, and you would listen in a way that you'd listen to everything your grandparents would tell you because you'd want to please them, and because they experienced a lot and had so much knowledge."

That kind of instruction continued right up until the coronavirus pandemic forced the shutdown of public buildings, such as skating rinks, in mid-March.

Peter Bilous, the general manager of the Skating Club of Wilmington, said Ludington would often come to the rink on weekends to help coach young pupils and tell stories.

"I don't know if it was his teaching style as much as his demeanor, but everyone wanted to be coached by Luddy," Bilous said. "He just had an attitude on the ice of being a happy-go-lucky guy who always drew the best out of you."

Perhaps that happy-go-lucky attitude came from the near-death experiences that Ludington managed to avoid.

Ludington began his coaching career shortly after the 1960 Olympics, wherehe and his first wife Nancy won the bronze medal. As a young coach, Ludington had planned to accompany his pupils, pairs skaters Robert and Patricia Dineen, to the World Figure Skating Championships in Prague, in the Czech Republic in February1961.

Back then,coaches had to pay their own way, and Ludington couldn't afford the flight and accommodations, so he backed out at the last minute.

All72 passengers, including 18 U.S. figure skating team members and their coaches, were killed when the plane crashed in Belgium.Among the victims was Ludington's coach when he was a skater, Maribel Vinson Owen.

Ludington kept a picture of Owen in his office ever since. He attended every other world championship from 1957 through 1999.

"There was only one that I ever missed, and that was the plane crash," Ludington told the News Journal in 2010.

Ludington also escaped death during a propane explosion at the Indianapolis Coliseum during an ice show in October, 1963.

The explosion claimed the lives of 74 people.

"Somebody was blown across the ice right next to me, and he was dead," Ludington said. "So I guess you can say I'm pretty lucky."

Ludington's coaching career blossomed after the plane crash. Because many of the top coaches perished on the flight, he and other young coaches started training the next wave of Olympic skaters.

At the time, Ludington was based in Detroit. He would also coach in Lake Placid, New York during the summers. That's where he noticed Bilousin 1970. Bilous was 15 years old at the time.

Later that year, Ludington moved to the Skating Club of Wilmington. Bilous' family then moved to Allentown, Pennsylvania and commuted to Wilmington to train with Ludington.

"I didn't have a partner at the time," said Bilous, an ice dancer. "He said he had a partner for me. He had a host of high-level skaters, and he was always creative with what he put together."

That creativity began at an early age.

Ron and Nancy Ludington won four consecutivenational championships from 1957-60. The Ludingtons also earned a bronze medal at the 1959 world championships before winning the bronzeat the 1960 Winter Olympicsin Squaw Valley, California.

They are one of six U.S. pairs teams ever to medal at the Games.

At the height of Ludington's coaching career in the 1980s, he had eight pupils at the 1984 Olympics and six more in 1988.Many skaters represented other countries at the Olympics, but made Delawaretheir training ground.

That included1998 ice-dancing gold medalists Oksana Kazakova and Artur Dmitriev from Russia.

It also included Gregory, who competed at the Olympics withElisa Spitz in 1984. He then paired with Suzanne Semanick in1988.

Gregory was living in central New York, in a town named Skaneateles, when he moved to Delaware as a 20-year-old in 1980 to train under Ludington.

Gregory's ice time at the Skating Club of Wilmington would often take place from 11 p.m. until about 4 a.m. Ludington would stay until about 2 a.m. because he had to get up early the next morning to coach more pupils.

But Gregory said the life lessonsfrom Ludington were just as worthwhile as the skating lessons. Later on, Gregory said he rented a house near the Skating Club of Wilmington for skaters training there. He said Ludington would stop over often to talk with the skaters and coaches, and just hang out.

"He was the most humble person you would ever meet," Gregory said. "He gave everyone the same respect, no matter what level of skater you were."

Added Weir: "He was so charismatic. He really revolutionized the way figure skating is done in the state. He leaves an amazing legacy. To make it to the pinnacle and stand on the podium as a skater, and then do it again as a coach, is amazing.

"Look at how many Olympians came out of Delaware, and it's all due to the base Luddy built in the state."

Funeral information is pending.

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by David Hood - Senior Writer - 2020-05-11 08:45:15.0

Swinney said he prepared for that Tuesday.

That Tuesday in 1990 was just like any other Tuesday for Dabo Swinney during football season. A scout team wide receiver on the Alabama football team, Swinney was in the process of getting beat up and beat on when a member of the staff said the words that changed his life: Coach wants to see you.

On a recent episode of ChumChat with Tanner Tessmann (and given to TigerNet), Swinney went in-depth on how he got into coaching and his early years at Clemson but reminded everyone that it started on that fateful Tuesday in Tuscaloosa.

My sophomore year at Alabama, it was a normal Tuesday practice. My redshirt freshman year I played in one game, Swinney said. I was just a scout team guy, just a grinder, and then my sophomore year it was about the fourth or fifth game of the year. It was just a Tuesday practice. I am over there on the scout team, just doing my thing, and all of a sudden an equipment guy comes over to me and says that Coach (Woody) McCorvey the receivers coach wants to see me on the offensive side of the field.

I was with the defense. I had no idea what I was going over there to see this coach - I was trying to figure out if I had missed a class, or what I had done wrong because this guy has never even said my name. And then I get over there and he puts his arm around me and he says, 'Hey, I have been watching you and I am going to give you a shot today. If you do well, you are going to play this Saturday.' Just like that. Out of the blue.

Swinney said there is a lesson to be taught in not only what he did after that day, but what he did to prepare for that fateful Tuesday.

There are two lessons in that - even though I wasn't playing and wasn't getting an opportunity, I had been preparing for my opportunity, Swinney said. The lesson is that you have to prepare for your opportunity, even if it never comes. Better to be prepared without an opportunity than to not be prepared with one. I had put in the work and I knew the plays. I had been grinding. I had made my mind up that I was just going to bloom where I was planted.

If I was just going to be on the scout team, then I was going to be the best scout team receiver that had ever come through there and everybody was going to know my name and they were going to recognize my work ethic. That was just my mindset. I quit worrying about the stuff I couldn't control, and I started focusing on what I did control, and I got my attitude right because my attitude wasn't very good the year before.

He then went on to say that hard work never goes unnoticed.

I thought if this is my role, then I am going to bloom where I am planted. I thought that I may never get a chance but if I did, I was going to be ready, Swinney said. I put the work in and I knew I was good enough, I just didn't know if I was going to get an opportunity. So, bloom where you are planted because you never know who is watching. I didn't even know that Coach McCovey knew my name, but he was paying attention, so you never who is watching. So whatever you do, no matter what it is, because somebody is watching. I played that weekend and never went back to the scout team. I got on scholarship and I lettered those three years and I played on a National Championship team.

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Q&A with Texas coach Tom Herman: What it will take to dethrone Oklahoma, which 80s movies he’s showing his kids and more – The Dallas Morning News

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Texas head coach Tom Herman, center, takes the field with his team before an NCAA college football game against Rice Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in Houston.

This week The Dallas Morning News college sports writer Chuck Carlton sat down to speak with Texas football head coach Tom Herman about the state of his program, his quarterback Sam Ehlinger and how hes making the best of trying times.

Here is the transcription of that conversation, edited for clarity.

Carlton: Im Chuck Carlton, with The Dallas Morning News. Were here with Texas football coach Tom Herman, whos headed into his fourth season -- fingers crossed that we have a season -- at Texas and is taking the time to join us in probably one of seven Zoom calls hes doing today. First, appreciate your time today, Tom.

What has a spring without football been like? I know youre doing as much as you can with your staff, with your players, but not being out on the field, not going through the ritual of spring practice, not doing all the things you associate with spring practice, whats that been like?

Herman: Before we start, I just want to make sure that you and everyone in your family is staying safe and healthy.

Carlton: Thanks for asking. Yes, and I assume you and your family are holding up OK.

Herman: Yeah, we are. One of the silver linings in all of this is as a coach, as Ive told people before, is the added family time that I get. Now Ive sat in front of Zoom meetings from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., sometimes I feel like Im working longer hours than I do in a normal year, but at least on the weekends, weve got some free time.

But that wasnt your question. Your question was about how are we doing in offseason without spring practice, without the normalcy of everything. Were doing as good as, I think, anyone in the country. Our kids are all working out. We have, or had Zoom meetings eight hours a week with our players for installation.

The one thing people may not realize is we got a lot of work done in January and February, too. The NCAA has relaxed a lot of rules over the last 10 or so years of what we can do as coaches with our players there in the offseason. We had two hours of meetings every week, which we maximized. We had position-specific conditioning drills, so our kids have been coached by their position coaches multiple times a week for two months. And just a couple of years ago they allowed us to have walkthroughs, so our players have walked through all of the base concepts.

Now the one thing that were missing is obviously the spring practice and the full-speed 11-on-11 body reps on some of these things. My biggest concern right now is the health and well-being of our players, their nutrition, them finishing strong academically with their finals going on right now, and then making sure that they have a place to work out and stay in shape.

As far as the Xs and Os go, Im not real concerned because we had so much time to install and walk through offense and defense in January and February and then eight hours a week with Zoom and the technology that we have right now with coordinators and position coaches being able to share video and telestrate on the screen, if you will. Its gone as smoothly as I could have hoped and really the one thing were missing is those 15 practices and the full-speed 11-on-11 reps.

Carlton: One thing thats come out of this is all the different scenarios out there. I know Big 12 coaches are talking about it, ADs are talking about it. How much attention do you pay to those? How much do you try to game-plan, as to, If we have this happen, if we come back in September instead of August, if we have conference-only like the Pac-12 is talking about, all these sorts of things? If you have a split schedule like Bob Bowlsby is talking about. Is that too far away? Do you have plans A, B, C, D, E?

That part of it is too far away. What the season is going to look like is way too far away. What were worried about right now is June 1. You know all the power five commissioners and conferences got together in late March and agreed on a bunch of different stipulations in terms of what we can and cant do with our players, but that was set through May 31. Well, were getting pretty close to May 31.

You know, every state has different laws. Our state just opened gyms, so does that mean we can open the weight room doors on June 1 for our players even though its discretionary or because some other state in our conference cannot? Are we bound by the lowest common denominator? Those decisions are being made well above my head by ADs and university presidents and commissioners and, first and foremost, government health officials telling us what is acceptable and appropriate and what isnt. I think the biggest thing the NCAA said is that we cant meet with our players during finals, so this week and part of next week, we havent met a whole lot.

Starting Wednesday of next week, well resume meetings with our players starting on Wednesday, the 20. Weve got contingency plans based on a lot of different scenarios that could happen June 1. As far as what the season looks like, I think the only thing that we kind of all -- and when I say all, all of us in the Big 12 and really most of the Power Five conferences -- have agreed on is that were going to need six weeks.

Whenever you tell us were going to start the season, whatever that season looks like, were going to at least six weeks prior to that to have the first two weeks kind of be an assessment -- a medical assessment of our players and see where theyre at from a physical conditioning standpoint -- and spend two weeks slowly getting them acclimated and then have training camp, and then go play the season. But whether it starts late or starts on time -- 12 games, nine games, fans, no fans, split season, spring season -- I think its way too early to tell. Again, were really just focused on: What are we going to be able to do with our players come June 1?

Carlton: During this time, youve been busy with fundraising and donations for various charities -- the Central Texas Food Bank, the Front Steps homeless shelter and I think about three or four others in Austin. What prompted you and Michelle to take those steps to go for it, and whats it meant to you on a personal level to be involved?

Herman: Well, to be honest with you, there wasnt much prompting needed. These were things that Michelle and I had done in the past. We try to lead as private a life as possible. Its something we believe in. Were fortunate enough to have resources to be able to help others that others dont. I think probably the biggest catalyst for us at least letting the world know what were doing is to try to encourage others to do the same in this extreme time of need. We werent prompted by anything. Were still helping the same causes weve always helped.

It was a matter of trying to get the word out to the Longhorn Nation and to the whole country to help these organizations that are in dire need at this point. Personally, my father died in a homeless shelter when he was 52 years old and he struggled with addiction issues. We werent able to save him. If we can help maybe save somebody elses dad, you know, were going to feel pretty good about that. You look at the food bank and Meals on Wheels, they usually spend, we toured on Tuesday the facility they have in southeast Austin, and what a massive facility, and the CEO Derrick Chubbs, told me in a normal week, they spend about 25,000 per week on food, theyre spending a quarter of a million dollars a week on food right now just to feed Central Texas alone.

That is a strain on them and their resources that is unimaginable. Then the Safe Alliance -- I witnessed some domestic abuse in my childhood, my wife has friends who have been victims of domestic abuse -- so we felt like with people being quarantined and stuck in the same house, all the statistics say that the rate of domestic violence has risen during these times because of that.

We wanted to make sure that the people who are supporting them have the resources to do so. In fact, we had a little special gift for them on Mothers Day which was kind of cool. Then the Boys and Girls Club, well, one, the emergency fund that President [Gregory] Fenves was near and dear to our hearts because the student population is our lifeblood. They are our biggest supporters so in this time of need we wanted to help them.

I was a club kid myself growing up. My mom worked her tail off but needed a place to send me after school and in the summertime. The Boys and Girls Club was always there for me in my youth so we wanted to be sure they have the resources to provide the same kind of education and nourishment that they provided me 35 years ago.

Carlton: Dont want to get you in trouble on this, so feel free to take the 5th if you want. Is there a favorite restaurant either in Austin or on the road when youre recruiting and is on your list to hit when we get back to normalcy?

Herman: Favorite restaurant in Austin, there are so many good ones. It would take too long. I literally dont have a favorite, theyre so many good ones. The one on the road that I love is in Houston is El Tiempo. I think its the best fajitas and Im a big fajita guy. Cyclone Anayas is also great when we lived in Houston. Here in town, weve, you name it -- weve tried it and everything downtown to out here to Maudies, all of the above whether youre in the suburbs or downtown, Austins got some unbelievable food.

Carlton: Now youre in the office and on Zoom calls for about 12 hours a day, waiting for calls from recruits, but you go home and theres only so much football you can do, whats it like for you? Have you developed any new hobbies, whats it like having that quality time with the family? Have things changed a little bit for you?

Herman: Oh, certainly and were not in the office so Im home all day. Im in the home office and you tell your wife and kids pretend Im not here, but that never works, so I usually get interrupted from time to time.

I think the evenings have been particularly special. I think were going on a couple of weeks in a row of all five of us sitting down to a family dinner. In all of the years combined, I dont know that we had 14 days just because of the kids different schedules, my different schedule, Michelles different schedule.

So, its been really important and then after dinner -- if theres not more recruiting calls to make -- we try to have a family game night or family movie night. Ive played more Uno then you can imagine. Monopoly, The Game of Life, Jenga -- we played the other night -- Cornhole, ping pong -- you see the ping pong table behind me.

Then we alternate -- do the kids get to pick the movie or do the parents get to pick a movie? Usually when the parents pick the movie its something that meant something to Michelle and I growing up that maybe our kids hadnt seen.

Our kids hadnt seen Ferris Buellers Day Off, The Breakfast Club, Top Gun, some of these movies that kind of shaped us growing up that we wanted to expose them to. They kind of grit their teeth and fight through it a little bit. Caddyshack isnt near as funny to my 12-year-old son as it was to me back in the day, but Ill be damned if hes going to grow up not having watched Caddyshack.

Carlton: How has the adjustment gone to the new normal in recruiting now? Weve heard about virtual recruiting, kids arent taking visits, youve had the dead period extended. What kind of adjustments have you and your staff have to make?

Herman: Weve got a greater appreciation for Facetime and Zoom. I dont know that -- had this not happened -- that we would have utilized those face to face interactions. We rely on texts and old school phone calls a lot where its neat to be able to see these kids face to face. I know its not in the flesh but its as close as we can get, so thats been good. Thats a change that will probably last well beyond the pandemic. I think its just constant communication.

Weve got virtual unofficial visits where well get a kid on Zoom. Hell have an opportunity to watch videos, some promo videos on our different departments, then talk to Brett Wohlers, [director of football student development], Kevin Washington, head of our player development department, the guy who leads our forever Texas series, our life after football series.

They talk to coach [Yancy] McKnight and they talk to me and the parents get involved. Thats the best we got, and get as creative as we can be virtually and get these kids and their parents and the key people in their lives who will help them make this decision feel as comfortable as they can with us and our program.

Carlton: A question from reader Diego, Texas fan: How much did you get done that you wanted to get done with Mike Yurcich and Chris Ash stepping in as your new coordinators and how much is left to get done in terms of that going forward?

Herman: Again, prior to everything shutting down, we had pretty much normal down and distance, normal field zone, offense and defense installed mentally. We went back and reinstalled it. Youre going to run out of things to meet about at some point, so we introduced some third down and red zone stuff on both sides of the ball, some specialty situations.

So again, the mental aspect of it is not a huge concern of mine. The kids are going to know this offense and this defense like the back of their hand mentally. Its going out and physically doing it, well have to accelerate that learning curve as soon as we get them back.

Carlton: At a place like Texas, changing one coordinator is a big deal, changing two is a really big deal. What made you decide that Ive really got to make these changes?

Herman: I think it all started offensively. I had become a jack of all trades and master of none. There are just so many things that tug at you as the head coach at the University of Texas. To be the best play caller that I could be, it was difficult for me to find the time to really dive into that and I was burning the candle at both ends.

Obviously, Im involved in the offensive game plan and our previous offensive staff, the guys that are no longer here, did a phenomenal job when I wasnt there. But being the primary play caller on game day requires so much more added time and film study that it was taking me away from them.

The second part was managing the defensive side of it. We did not perform to our expectations defensively, so to hire a guy who Ive admired from afar for a long, long time in Mike Yurcich, that was a big recruit for us. I dont want to name names, there were plenty of schools -- Power 5, big-time jobs that had offensive coordinator openings. He chose to come to Texas because he believed in what were doing, he believed in the vision and he believed in our ability to win championships here.

Then Chris [Ash] was a no brainer. Again, Chris had numerous, numerous offers whether it be in the Power 5 and even in the NFL. And this will be our third spot working together at Iowa State then Ohio State. We won a national championship together as coordinators there. I think his three-plus years as a head coach, he now has a great idea of what it means to sit in this chair. Hes done a great job of being head coach of the defense.

We underperformed on both sides of the ball at times. You look statistically, we were, I think, top 15 offense. We did some really good things offensively. Had the leading receiver in the country. Sam Ehlinger had statistically one of the best seasons in the history of Texas football. We bogged down at times, and so the only way I knew how to fix it is to look at myself as the leader of this organization.

How do we get to where we all believe that were headed? Dont get me wrong, Chuck, the trajectory is right where we thought it would be when we came in. 2018 probably, our kids played well above expectations, but weve now got a four-year starter at quarterback, a potential first rounder at left tackle from a signing class that was ranked 31st in the country or something like that.

So weve done a good job developing those guys and then having the class of 18 and class of 19 -- two classes that were top five classes now be mature guys that have been in the system, that have been with Coach McKnight and have gotten bigger, faster, stronger. We might have hit a bit of a dip -- its pretty easy to see the trajectory, the long term trajectory, is headed in the right direction.

Carlton: Another reader asks -- you can anticipate coming from somebody on the Internet -- he wants to know is Texas back? Whats it like being at a school where that takes on a life of its own because Texas is Texas? There arent many schools where people expect national prominence year in year out. It might be aspirational; it might be a hope. At Texas its expected, it seems to be.

Herman: When you win, its not enough, you didnt use the right people or call the right plays, and if you lose, God forbid the sky is falling. But I get it. I know what we signed up for.

We dont use the term back. I dont know what back is. Back means that youve settled. Youre not striving for anything beyond that. I dont know the definition of back. Our big picture goal is always to compete for championships in the months of November and December. We feel like were on our way to doing that.

We did that in just our second year here. Weve beaten two top 10 teams, one top five team and some pretty big time bowl games. We got to work out some of the kinks that had us stub our toe a few times too many last year.

In terms of us being in the national discussion, yeah, like I said I think the trajectory is there. Well never internally use that phrase back. A -- I dont know how to define it and B -- to me, youre settling for something. Each year were going to try to do this (points upward with his hand and arm). I don't know what that question means. I hope I answered it sufficiently though.

Carlton: Another question here, again, not trying to offer negative statistics. Everybody in the Big 12 knows Oklahoma has won five straight conference titles.

Herman: Were well aware, yes.

Carlton: Whats it going to take to knock Oklahoma off? From the standpoint of a competitor looking at a great rival, does that grate on you at all?

Herman: Sure it grates on us. It would grate on us if anyone won it five years in a row and it wasnt us. But for it to be our hundred and some odd-year rival and across the state line, it certainly sticks in your craw a little.

To answer the first part of your question, whats it going to take? Theyve had really good teams, theyve got really good coaches. Theyve had two No. 1 picks at quarterback, back to back years as well as a second-round pick this past year. We all know how important that position is in all levels of football. Theyve done a phenomenal job of recruiting and developing that position.

We beat them in the regular season. Couldnt pull off the second part of that, which was beating them in the conference championship game. Theres no moral victories at Texas especially when it comes to that school, but considering where we started, weve played them admirably and beaten them once in three years.

So whats it going to take? Its going to take a continued effort to recruit elite talent and to develop that talent and then hopefully one of these days theyll stop having first- and second-round draft picks at quarterback. But weve played draft picks, thats certainly not an excuse at all, weve played draft picks at quarterback damn near every week, but those three guys theyve had in the last three years were special -- really, really special.

We feel like were building something here that is sustainable and that rivalry is going to be, on a national perspective, I still think its the greatest rivalry in all of college sports because of the venue, because of the two states, because of the history of it. Weve got to do our part in making sure that we win some more of those battles.

Carlton: What do you know now? You were familiar with Texas as back up to Mack Brown, but what do you know now that maybe you didnt know when you were introduced four years ago?

Herman: I didnt know, when you take these kind of jobs, you take them sight unseen, so I didnt have a grasp at how far behind we were from our competitors from a facility standpoint. My hats off to Chris Del Conte and Greg Fenves for understanding that, realizing that and going out and raising the money to rectify that. Well have the finest facility in the fall of 2021.

What else didnt I know? I lived in Austin for two years as a graduate assistant. I had to live in Austin on $400 a month, which wasnt easy. I think on a positive note, I knew what a great city Austin was, but never had been exposed as much as Ive been exposed to what a remarkable city this is to live in and raise a family. That was a pleasant surprise.

I just think those are probably the two biggest things that I know now that I didnt know then. One, holy cow we got an issue here, and the other, holy cow, this is awesome.

Carlton: Beginning with the quarterback, Sam, seems like hes the sort of guy that seems like hes played more than four years. I guess what do people not know about Sam Ehlinger that youve seen behind the scenes that maybe people dont get about him?

Herman: The guys been on the cover of Dave Campbells magazine. Theres been a thousand articles written on him. I dont know that Im going to enlighten your audience much more than they already have been.

Ive been around some really powerful leaders in my coaching experience, but theres always been guys that are 5 stars and 2 or 3 that are 6 stars from a leadership standpoint. Elandon Roberts, middle linebacker at Houston falls into that category. Hes starting middle linebacker with the Patriots as a seventh-round pick. J.T. Barrett falls into that category and Sam Ehlinger falls into that category for me.

His ability to relate to and get the most out of so many different demographics of players on our team because the kids on our team -- theres 150 kids on our teams -- and they come from all walks of life, socioeconomic backgrounds, different parts of the country, different interests, different everything. He could put a dip in and go fishing with a few of the O-linemen and the very next day take the DBs and receivers to JMBLYA, the hip-hop music festival and nobody would blink an eye.

His ability to cross all of those boundaries. His leadership style is phenomenal to be a part of. My biggest regret is hes got to spend his senior year dressing in the visitors locker room because of this construction. Im certainly very proud of the fact that were getting a first class facility, but I wish for everything that hes done for this university and for this program and for the city of Austin, my biggest wish thatll never get granted, is that he wont get the opportunity to enjoy that as a player at the University of Texas.

As we always do in the offseason, we have a corner of our locker room set out for NFL players to come back to Austin to train in the offseason. Hell get to use it. Itll just be when hes in the NFL rather than wearing the burnt orange.

Carlton: Another position question on the offense, last year you had depth problems at running back.

Herman: I would say! Yeah.

Carlton: You were playing a converted freshman quarterback who was pretty darn good. Now with Keaontay Ingram back, Roschon Johnson, Danny Young and recruiting creating an awful lot of buzz coming from the top running backs from the country. How do you look at that position group now? And whats your comfort level?

Herman: Well if we stay healthy, its as healthy as its been in years here. We think Keaontay Ingram is an NFL player, we think Roschon Johnson is an NFL player, we think Bijan Robinson has superstar written all over him, and Danny Young is a great team guy and has his role in that position group.

The one thing, were a scholarship short there. Youd like to carry five on scholarship. Weve got four when Johnson comes in. We tried to sign two. Last year's class was really difficult when the second guy is looking across thinking youre signing the No. 1 running back in the country and hes my age, so that was difficult. So well sign two this year and well see what the future holds for Keaontay in terms of him coming back for his senior year or not.

We feel as good as we ever have at that position considering where we started and where we are now in terms of the quality and quantity of depth there. Knock on wood, we just got to make sure those guys stay healthy.

Carlton: Another reader question: You look at the top national contenders around the country. One consistent quality with all of those is the offensive line, having the big, strong mean guys up front. Its taken you a while to rebuild that. You mention Sam Cosmi being a possible first-round draft pick. Youve got multiple year starters at most positions coming back. How close are you to where you want to be with having the offensive line set? You know, going back to Ohio State, what an offensive line means to an entire football team.

Herman: Our first year there, the players we inherited at Ohio State, I think three of them were drafted. Then you move into the Taylor Deckers of the world who we recruited and wound up being a first rounder. We also had a guy named Ezekiel Elliott back there who was pretty good at covering up some deficiencies, if we had any in the offensive line.

We feel really good. Were returning three starters, playing Cosmi, [Junior] Angilau, [Derek] Kerstetter. Kerstetter will be a four-year starter. He was thrown into the fire as a true freshman and played admirably. Hes developed fine to the point where we feel like hell get an opportunity to play in the NFL, too.

The young guys have not only been developed by coach [Herb] Hand but by coach McKnight. Thats such a developmental position. Very rarely do you see freshmen or registered freshmen or true sophomores starting at that position, but unfortunately weve had to.

Well reap the benefits of that this year with Cosmi being a three-year starter and Kerstetter being a four-year starter. Angilau being a two-year starter and we feel like well have some pretty good position battles for those other two spots.

Carlton: Shifting to the defense, are you going to the four-man front with Chris Ash or a variation of the four-man front, with edge rushers, Joseph Ossai moving from linebacker to moving to one of those JACK positions for you guys. Whats your level of expectation for what that four-man front can deliver especially when you look at what it did in the bowl game, and whats the ceiling for Joseph Ossai as a pass rusher?

Herman: The biggest thing especially in our conference -- sacks are an overrated statistic in my opinion -- because in todays game the ball gets out so quickly. Youve got to make quarterbacks feel uncomfortable and youve got to disrupt them, youve got to hit them, youve got to bat passes down, the whole nine.

We felt like playing on the edges of offensive linemen gives us the opportunity to do that with our front guys rather than having to generate pass rushes from blitzing linebackers or safeties. We feel like in this league with all the RPOs -- sacks again may or may not come -- but we feel like were going to have a much better presence in terms of affecting the quarterbacks and making them uncomfortable.

You asked about the ceiling for Joe. How high can you go up? This is a kid that came in at 210 pounds, hes 255 pounds now. Hes put on 40 pounds of lean muscle. He's dropped his body fat percentage by 3 or 4%. Hes the best pass rusher weve got. Hes a very twitchy athlete. Hes a great leader. The sky is -- I dont want to say literally because that word is literally used out of context and improperly quite frequently -- but figuratively the sky is the limit for him. Hes got a very, very high ceiling for sure.

Carlton: Looking at your secondary which on paper looks like one of your most talented groups. A bunch of guys that came in -- top recruits, guys with all kinds of athletic ability hasnt really come together maybe because of injuries, maybe because of other things, but how do you look at that group and do you see those guys kind of stepping up now that theyve been on campus for a couple of years?

Herman: Oh yeah, if theres one position that weve recruited at a level at or even above anyone else in the country its in the defensive backfield. Theres going to be some big time battles for playing time and starting jobs.

You look at even just our corners. You look at the two deep and youre talking about Jalen Green, DShawn Jamison, Josh Thompson, Kenyatta Watson.

These guys are very highly recruited guys that anybody in the country would be proud to have, then go to the safeties and in 2018 we signed the No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 safety in the country. The very next year we signed a five-star in Tyler Owens.

Lets dont forget that especially in this league, well be in nickel personnel most of the time, so Chris Adimora and Anthony Cook will battle for that position. You look in the back end, youre talking about Caden Sterns, B.J. Foster, Chris Brown, Tyler Owens, the list goes on and on.

The old adage is iron sharpens iron. Our goal is to get every position group to that depth so that every day at practice is a battle so that these guys are making each other better just because theyre pushing each other.

Carlton: Are you still looking for a little help in depth in linebacker in the grad transfer market, or what is your comfort level with the linebacker right now?Herman: I think its the most nerve wracking position from a depth stand point on our team right now. We feel good about the move on DeMarvion Overshown, but hes inexperienced there. We feel like Juwan Mitchell has shown us in spurts that he can play at championship level.

Im excited to see about David Gbenda. You know Ayodele Adeoye and Marcus Tillman are both coming off injuries. Theyve been very diligent in their rehab. Marcus Tillman was a guy that was certainly turning heads before he got hurt as well as [Adeoye]. [Adeoye ]had started a few games for us as well.

But theyre all young and inexperienced so if we can find a grad transfer at that position that we feel like can help us win a championship, well look at that. Weve had quite a bit of success with grad transfers over the years coming in, but we also feel like weve got a great linebacker coach in Coleman Hutzler.

But if we dont, its not the end of the world. The guys that we have on our roster currently, will be developed to the point that theyll be an asset rather than a liability.

Carlton: You made a one day trip to South Bend to visit with Brian Kelly and when you look at Notre Dame and Texas you see some similarities in terms of the tradition, the media coverage and the fan expectations. Both of you guys even have your own network. What was your takeaway, what did you bring out of that meeting with Kelly? Hes been a head coach a little longer than you have, so what was your takeaway?

Herman: Hes been a coach a lot longer than I have, all the way back to Grand Valley State, and Central Michigan, and Cincinnati and Notre Dame so he went through a coaching transition, much like we did.

He had the luxury, I call it a luxury, the year that he made a few changes on his staff, they were 4-8, they didnt go to a bowl game. He had that whole month of December and January to hire his new staff and onboard them in terms of expectations of their culture.

We were getting ready to play the No. 10 team in the country on New Year's Eve. That made December and January pretty hectic for myself. I think the biggest takeaway was one -- that, some guys are built differently, and have different responsibilities.

There are head coaches out there that call the offense and the defense, and do a really good job at it, but if youre going to do that, youve got to make sure youve got the time to do that and the support system on both sides of the ball to step away from it.

The takeaway was hire coordinators that you believe in and you trust. Get out of the offensive meeting room from time to time, build your relationship with your players and make sure youre seeing the entire enterprise of Texas football from a 30,000-foot view rather than a play caller view. It was very helpful.

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With many of us currently stuck at home for most of our days, we have time on our hands to reflect on our lives and think of how we want our future to look like post-Covid-19.

A friend of mine always contemplated the idea of establishing a life coaching business; something she talked about every time we met over the years. She earned the required certifications but never got around to doing that because she was busy with her 9-to-5 job in the government sector. She was also confused about the best approach to setting up her business. Should she have an office? Should it just be an online coaching service? These were the kind of questions racing through her mind.

But by spending most of her time at home, instead of travelling with work, she finally had time to think her business concept through. She realised that there was a demand for online coaching sessions, and video conference apps made it easier for clients to schedule those sessions in. What took her years to implement was registered and online in a matter of weeks.

While we are living through turbulent times, and the future seems ambiguous, I do believe that the current situation presents an opportunity for those looking to starting a business. Why?

As part of the economic stimulus packages unveiled by many governments across the region, many fees are waived off for new businesses and SMEs, making it cheaper to register a business. Abu Dhabi banks, for instance, are offering reduced minimum average balance requirements for all SME account categories.

Advertisement rates across many platforms have declined, making it a great opportunity to increase brand awareness for your brand. In addition, with more people tuned in online, it could mean more potential customers exposed to your business and learning about it, especially if it is relevant to the current times. For instance, if youd always contemplated establishing an online life-coaching business, online therapy service, or an online financial advisory business to help individuals navigate their finances, then now is a good time to set up your company and market it. If you cant afford digital advertising, then you could try the old word-of-mouth tactic. A lot of people are in a mood to help during difficult times, and would love to support fellow community members, so you have more chance of people supporting your business by sharing a word or two about it. As part of their community support, some social media influencers announced that they would publicise local businesses for free on their platforms, which under normal circumstances they would charge thousands of dirhams for.

Many people have lost their jobs as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. As unfortunate as that is, this means that there theres an access of a larger talent pool that you could recruit for your business. You could also look at remote workers as an option which is more cost-efficient, and could be effective in a number of fields such as customer service, IT support and design.

A colleague of mine is setting up a mobile application business. Prior to Covid-19, he was exploring the option of working with an agency based in the region. The offers he received were above his expectations. He recently signed with a mobile app developer in another country who works on a freelance basis and who agreed to deliver the scope of work for 50 per cent less than the offers he received from developers in the region. He saved the other 50 per cent to spend on digital marketing over the next few months.

Given all that, take your time to build a solid foundation and dont rush through setting up a business too quickly. Figure out the most cost-efficient way to set up your business, evaluate the financing options, look for the most effective way to raise awareness about it, and build your clientele.

Manar Al Hinai is an award-winning Emirati journalist and entrepreneur, who manages her marketing and communications company in Abu Dhabi.

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