Reed Between the Lines Sports Editor Scott Reed talks with Midget Football Coach Doug Devart


In this edition of Reed Between the Lines: Grafton Bearcubs Midget Head Coach Doug Devart.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I have lived in Grafton all my life. In high school I played football, track, and was a manager for the basketball team. I have a 13-year-old daughter named Leah.

What have you been doing with yourself lately?

Working and getting ready for the upcoming season.

Give me your thoughts about COVID-19 affecting school and sports.

Like everyone, I wish there was a surefire way to let the kids be kids and do it safely.

What is the most bizarre question you have ever been asked by someone about football?

I can’t really think of any other than, “why are there so many timeouts?” by my soccer-playing niece.

When did you first decide you wanted to get involved with coaching?

Well, my Dad was a long-time coach for Little League, so I guess I always wanted to follow in his footsteps.

What is one rule change that you’d most like to see happen in youth football?

I would like for youth football to be organized by grade instead of age.

What one word or phrase do you think describes you?

Soft-hearted.

If you could go back and change anything you’ve done in your athletic career, even if it’s just something minor, what would it be?

I would have played golf in high school.

What is your favorite movie about sports?

All the Right Moves.

Who do you think is the greatest football coach of all-time? Why?

Tom Landry because he guided the Dallas Cowboys to 20 consecutive winning seasons and five Super Bowl appearance with two wins.

You get to spend the day with anyone (past or present), who do you choose and why?

My Dad because he was the greatest man, and I would love to have even just one more day with him.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Still being involved in the community and watching my daughter become a successful adult.

What has been your greatest athletic achievement as either a player or coach?

Coaching the kids to a Mountaineer Youth Football bowl game a couple years ago.

What do you think you do well as a coach?

Teach the right techniques.

What do you think you need to work on as a coach?

Maybe be a little more patient.

Where is your favorite away venue to coach at and why?

Bridgeport because of the tunnel that you come out of onto the field.

Give me the name of one other coach in the county that doesn’t get the recognition he or she de- serves.

Lorraine Isner.

What would you tell a youngster who is nervous about trying out for youth football?

Always believe in yourself and remember that playing sports should be fun.

What makes the great teams in the state great? What did you think of these questions?

Great teams are made when you have the combination of dedicated players, inspirational coaches and supportive parents and community members all coming together.

What did you think of these questions?

They were awesome.

*Periodically, the Mountain Statesman will feature a coach, player, or personality from Taylor County.

We hope you enjoy the chance to learn a little bit more about them.

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