In this edition of Reed Between the Lines: Sports Editor Scott Reed sits down to talk football and coaching with Taylor County Middle School Football Coach Bobby Beltner.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am married to Leslie Beltner and have two children. Logan will be a senior at Grafton High School, and Natalie will be in the fourth grade at Anna Jarvis. I have been with the Grafton Police Department for 26 years. I have coached sports for the past 25 years, including football, basketball and baseball.
When did you first decide you that wanted to get involved with coaching?
When I was young, around the age of 10.
Who is your favorite sports hero and why?
J.J. Watt, but more so for his work off the field. He is always participating in Make-A-Wish and giving back to his community and his fans.
How do you deal with players’ and/or parents’ concerns regarding playing time?
I try to explain that playing time is earned, not given.
How do you try to make practices fun?
By changing them up. We try to add fun and competitive activities that the kids like.
How has coaching affected your life?
It’s allowed kids to see me in a different light and allowed me to have a positive impact on so many.
What is your favorite movie about sports?
Facing the Giants.
What qualities would make a player a good team captain?
Leading by example and putting the team before themselves.
What is the one thing you always do after winning a big game?
Watch game film as soon as possible, win or lose.
What are your best and worst memories in coaching?
Best: Seeing young athletes get better and succeed in sports, school, and life.
Worst: When a young athlete gets hurt. While coaching travel basketball this year, watching Blake (Moore) go down with an ACL injury was gut wrenching.
If you could be a successful coach in another sport what would it be?
What one word or phrase do you think describes you?
Give me one word to describe your current assistant coach Sam Jones.
Where is your favorite away venue to coach a game?
Right now it would have to be R.L. Bland. (I have only coached 4 away games so far at TCMS). That’s where I got my first win as the Knights’ head coach.
What would you say to a star player who is really struggling out there?
Trust the process. Part of the process is overcoming struggles no matter the talent level.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Still coaching sports in Taylor County.
What do you think you do well as a coach?
Organization and my demand for discipline.
How do you plan on improving as a coach from year to year?
The game, no matter the sport, is constantly changing, so I as a coach I need to be constantly learning.
What would you tell a kid who has never played organized football but is thinking about trying out?
Give it a try. Don’t be wishing or second guessing yourself later in life that you should have played.
What did you think of these questions?
They are good questions. It reconfirms why I do what I do.
*Each week the Mountain Statesman features a coach or player from a different Taylor County sport. We hope you enjoy the chance to learn a little bit more about them.