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+ HaysFreePress., AFFORDABLE FOOD Food Bank, schools strive to stave off hunger. - Page 3B June 14, 2017 Page 1B BY MOSES LEOS III Hays CISD didn't have to look far to find the next varsity head gifts soccer coach for Lehman High. Last week, Hays CISD officially named Mi- chael Banning, current assistant football and gifts soccer coach, as the school's next head coach for the gifts varsity soccer team. But as one person was hired to fill a vacant spot, two more coaches announced their depar- tures ........... Chris Armatta and Brian Hempel, who have been coaches at Lehman High for several years, both announced they will depart for another campus in 2017. Banning, who was hired at Hays CISD in 2009, takes the role of head gifts soccer coach following the stepping down of Nauri Garcia in late May. Banning becomes only the second person to take the helm of the Lehman girls soccer program. Banning, a Bowie High alumnus who played soccer at the varsity level, said he was humbled and excited for the chance to take over as the head coach of the varsity team on an interim basis. Having worked as the gifts soccer team's junior varsity coach, Banning said familiarity with the program will help students understand what he expects of them during the season. "I think Garcia and my- self were hoping I would LOBO COACHES, 2B Michael Banning Brian Hempel Chris Armatta Lobo assistant girls soccer Lobo golf coach and Asst. football coach and coach now promoted to assistant football coach asst. boys soccer coach head girls soccer coach leaving for Bowie High leaving for McNeil High in in Austin Round Rock PHOTOS BY MOSES LEOS III Hundreds of area students hit the court this week for various Hays CISD boys and girls basketball camps held at Hays and Lehman high schools. The annual Hays girls basketball camp, run by Rebel varsity head coach Danny Preuss, taught pro- spective players fundamentals of the game. For the first time at Lehman High, the boys and girls basketball camp for young students meshed together for camp at the Lobo Den. The girls camp was runby head Varsity girls basketball coach James Halatin, while the boys Camp was led by varsityboys Coach Michael Whitten. More coaches should follow Deggs' lead From the Sidelines by Moses Leos III BY MOSES LEOS III If you've watched a sports movie at any point in the last two decades, chances are you've experi- enced the o1' rousing, rah- rah coach speech. More often than not, such speeches are filled with fluorescent yellow, nacho-cheesy sports cli- ch6s meant to rouse the team (and sometimes the audience). "Win one for the Gip- per" from "Knute Rockne: All American" immediate- ly comes to mind, as does "Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose" of "Friday Night Lights" fame. Reality, however, can seem more like a creamy brie than cheese whiz in a can. Matt Deggs, Sam Houston State University baseball coach, proved just that last weekend fol- lowing his team's 19-0 loss to Florida State, which ended the program's bid for the College World Se- ries. During his post-game press conference, Deggs reflected on how he has become a"transforma- tional" coach - one that helps builds character in student athletes, rather than just focusing on the wins and the losses. What struck me was how Deggs referred to his players and his program at Sam Houston as his "second chance" - how they helped him over- come a stretch in his life where he was out of the game for 430-plus days. P arily, he lauded the team's unselfishness, which he :said was "rare" in today's society. "That's something I wish we could get back to," Deggs said. "There's no greater honor than to sacrifice for abrother." Deggs' speech should resonate for the thou- sands of coaches and ath- letes across the cotmtry. Wins and losses may be important for a brand, for a program and for the welfare of a fan base. But teaching the next generation of athletes the importance of humility and hard work should rise above anything else. DEGGS' SPEECH, 2B + i !IT