Q&A with Matt Rodgers, MCH Bulldogs Football Coach

Matt Rodgers - Head Football Coach, MCH Bulldogs

Matt Rodgers is in his second season coaching the MCH Bulldogs six-man football team. In 2011, the team was ranked in the 150s in the state. Rodgers’ first year of coaching in 2012 rocketed the team’s ranking up to the 70s. This year they made the top ten in the state and are one win away from playing in the championship game at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

Rodgers took a few minutes from his day to share more about his experience and his philosophy in coaching the MCH Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs will play in the semi-finals this Saturday, November 23 at 1:30 p.m. against FEAST Home School of San Antonio in Brenham’s Hohlt Park.

Q: You have had such great success with our six-man football team the past two seasons, what do you think has been the most important factor in leading the team to success?
A: What’s key is that the team is learning the right plays and I am using them effectively. More importantly though, I always remind them to never give up, keep believing and know that we’re never out of a game. I also want them to know that I’m here fighting for them. We’re in it together. They have to trust their coaches and I have to make sure what I say to them comes true.

Q: When you started this season, what were some of your goals?
A: I’m not big on goals. Instead of goals, I set forth a set of 2013 MCH Football Core Values for the guys to put in their lockers: 1) have a positive attitude; 2) have a good work ethic; 3) compete in everything; and 4) you must be willing to sacrifice. I also created a harder schedule for the team this year. I knew we’d be in the semi-finals this year, but I didn’t expect a 10-0 season.

Q: What are some of the challenges you and your team had to overcome?
A: It’s critical for the guys to rely on each other. If a teammate has a bad day, week or month, it’s a challenge to get them to be here to improve and learn. I teach them that when they do something negative or make a mistake, it will affect others on the team. I expect a lot from my team and I set them up for higher standards. I’m just trying to keep the ship steady while pushing them to get better.

Q: What does it mean to you to coach MCH youth?
A: In a traditional school setting, it’s more about the sport. Here, it’s how I live my life. I play a bigger role in their lives. I like to compete and prepare people to play the game, but more than that, I get the chance to impact lives. They know I’m open to whatever they need. Sometimes a door will open and I will have a chance to talk to them about God or a life situation. I want to be a positive influence for them and a strong role model. Hopefully when they leave, they are a better person because of the program.

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