"Coach" takes place in a small, rural town in mid the nineteen fifties. It is the story of the town, the high school football coach and his players. The town's people and his players idolize Coach.
To be a football player for Coach is the ambition of every Highburg boy.
But, things happen in Highburg and not good things!
"Coach" takes place in a small, rural town in mid the nineteen fifties. It is the story of the town, the high school football coach and his players.
As was with most small towns of that time, Highburg was its own little world. Everyone knew everyone else and they all knew Coach.
Coach Carter has been at Highburg High for many years and has built a legendary program. His teams never fail to reach the heights of success, year after year. He has molded star players out of farm boys and has sent many on to notable college careers.
The town's people and his players idolize Coach. The opportunity to have played for Highburg and Coach Carter is savored by all who have done so. To be a football player for Coach is the ambition of every Highburg boy. It is worn as a lifetime mark of honor. It insures respect in the eyes of all.
The story begins in the nineteen fifty-six. It was a time when World War II was a recent memory for most and the Korean War had just ended. Civil rights were yet to be claimed by American minorities and communications were primitive by today's standards. Authority
figures at all levels stood tall and endured little, if any, questioning, criticism or confrontation.
Television was in its infancy and entered each home as a small, fuzzy black and white picture on huge, unreliable machine. Touch-tone dialing was the latest telephone innovation and mobile phones were nonexistent. Radios were often plagued by static and poor reception.
Portable radios were large, heavy and not easily carried in spite of their being sold as "portable" and recording devices were rare. Local communication relied primarily on newspapers and word of mouth.
Rumors were relentlessly conveyed, either correctly or incorrectly, over backyard fences or at the town watering holes.
Thus, is the setting of Highburg, its inhabitants and the story of "Coach".
As is the case with most writers, "Coach" incorporates some personal experiences of the author. The characters are all fictional, however many are based on real people. Actions and incidents contained in "Coach" are also fictional, but again frequently based on actual occurrences.
As you read, please remember that the language and biases in the book reflect those of rural, small town America in nineteen the fifties. In no way do they portray the views of the author himself.
Thanks for reading "Coach" and I sincerely hope you enjoy it.