A man who was a front runner in starting up the Top of Texas League for one Texoma town nearly 20 years ago, could be getting a new title.
Mark Green is passionate about football. But he says it's not because he loves the game, but because of what it teaches his players off the field.
It's empty now, but it's here where Mark Green has coached about 240 Top of Texas games for the Archer City Wildcats midget's team in a sport he loves.
“I believe in football, to me football is the greatest sport to me that teaches real life lessons,” said Green.
“He makes the kids be responsible for on the field and off the field, for actions of any kind whether it's at school or here messing around. He's just a good father figure for a bunch of kids,” said Clay Reid, who coaches with him.
In fact he's coached about 200 kids and he says it's not so much about the plays they run, but the values they learn from the game that kid's can apply to their lives.
“Day one we only have only like for or five rules. Keep God in your heart, all the time. Take care of business at school, you know make good grades. Work hard on the field and off the field, yes sir, no sir, yes ma'am, no ma'am, that's going to take you further in life than football, but football helps teach that,” Green said.
Mark's wife, Michelle says the proof of his coaching is evident by the amount of past players that want to spend a Saturday night watching his team play.
“The older kids, these kids who have graduated come back and watch these little 3rd and 4th graders, to me that's cool,” she said.
Cool enough for Mark to be nominated for the North Texas region “Coach of the Year," in a contest by My Plate. The Texas based company where you can design your own specialty license plate.
But win or lose, Mark says he's already won, as he watches his players grow into men.
“It's about the guys and what they have done after. There are doctors, lawyers, highway patrol, architects, engineers, oil field workers welders, youth ministers, pastors, then we have young man serving our country,” said Green.
Mark is one of 20 finalists for the 2013 coach of the year in the North Texas region.
A winner will be chosen on November 9th and you can help Mark win, all you have to do is vote. You can vote once a day until November 8th.
Click this link to vote: http://www.myplates.com/Coach