Pauls Valley Democrat
Pauls Valley’s new head football coach gave a local civic club just a glimpse of how he views the world when he stepped in as a featured speaker on Wednesday.
Bill Green told members of the PV Kiwanis Club he still gets a thrill from winning.
Although that remains important, Green admits his coaching experience, which includes nearly three decades in the world of high school football in Texas, has taught him there are things even bigger.
“My main mission has changed from just trying to win games to trying to develop kids,” Green said.
“It’s important to win. That’s why I’m here,” he said.
“But it’s more important how we develop these young men. I’m trying to make a difference. We’ll see what happens.”
The early returns are also in on the coach, who was hired in April to replace John Inman after his departure to become the head coach in Lindsay.
“I think the kids are really excited to have coach Green here,” said PV athletic director Kirk Moore.
“They know about his resume and the things he’s done,” he said.
“I’ve heard a lot of good things from the kids. I think they’re just excited to have a shot at playing for him.”
Green’s first season leading the Panthers represents a move from Texas back to his home area.
Both Green and his wife Christie attended Duncan High School in neighboring Stephens County, where he played on two state championship teams before graduating in 1979.
He was later on a team at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond that played for a national title.
As a head coach Green led Windhorst High School, located near Wichita Falls, Texas, to two state titles in four appearances during his 18-year tenure, which included 174 total wins and a dozen district titles.
Last year Green was an assistant coach working for Gary Gaines at Permian High School in Odessa, Texas. Gaines is the coach who inspired the Friday Night Lights story.
Green says his hopes are to bring some of that here to PV.
“I want them believing in themselves, challenging themselves to do more than they thought they could,” he said about his Panther players.
The coach has already seen some examples of that during this summer’s workouts as a few players and even some cheerleaders were able to push themselves and reach levels they didn’t expect.
“I’m trying to get the kids to understand you do represent your community, you do represent your school.
“You’ve got to be able to count on the guy next to you. I’ve got confidence I can count on my players,” Green said.
The coach said he likes what he sees so far with the Panthers set to fill the roster this season.
“We have the talent, we have the skills.”
He also believes in “great defense, great special teams” and an offense that features both a power and option run game.
“Some might say we’re going back to old school football. If you mean blocking, tackling, catching, running and playing physical ball then we’ll be old school.”
A Red-Black football scrimmage is planned for Saturday night, Aug. 17. It’s expected to include an open house for the renovated fieldhouse, along with an ice cream and watermelon social at the band shell.