Welcome to Field Notes, a new series that will introduce you to some of the coaches, team staff and players –what motivates them, what excites them, how they develop the work ethic, athletic stamina and collaboration skills to succeed.
We are kicking off with a conversation with Coach Travis Reeve, a 20-year coach veteran, whose team, the Cuero High School Gobblers, has a long-established tradition in football. Cuero High School has played in state championships for five consecutive decades and earned the Texas UIL Class 4A, Division II State Championship in 2018.
On his coaching philosophy
Coaching is about making a difference in the lives of the young men and women you have a chance to coach on a daily basis. Athletics is much more than the games they play while they are in school. It is a tool to teach kids about how to be successful in life. And that is, in a nutshell, what our program and our guiding principle is all about – make the difference in kids’ lives.
On the evolution of football
The game is the safest it has ever been. We have made tremendous progress in this area because of the way rules and technology, in particular helmet technology, are evolving. At the same time, it is also a much more explosive and exciting brand of football because the players are faster and stronger than ever before.
On winning the state championship
This is a tremendous accomplishment for our team and our community. We beat a lot of good teams along the way, and that is really hard to do in Texas. I am extremely proud of our kids, of how they overcame adversity and worked together as a team. They became a milestone in a long tradition of success.
On equipping the Cuero Gobblers with VICIS ZERO1
VICIS’ radically different technology, the soft deformable shell, has made a huge difference for the team. The kids really liked the comfort of the helmet. They reported they did not feel the brunt of the impact on contact. Above all, it kept our players healthy and on the field.
On expectations for next season
From a team standpoint, this is simple – we want to be the very best team we can possibly be and, hopefully, enjoy another long playoff run and another championship win. From a helmet standpoint, we want as many kids in VICIS as possible because we believe in the quality of protection VICIS provides.