By Trevor Kunkel
Welcome to Foley Sports Port, where we will be covering different sports and activities every week. We will talk about game coverage, tryouts, new players, interviews, and everything sports related.
As we all know, fall is Friday night football season! But that’s not all, we also have soccer tryouts going on this week, which we will cover next time. In this week’s edition, we have conducted an interview to get to know teacher and football coach, Coach Ott.
Coach Theodore Walker Ott is 36 years old and a graduate of Foley High School. He has been teaching for seven years in Baldwin County but with the Foley schools for three years. The 2018-2019 school year marks his 4th at the high school.
Coach Ott started as a Foley Middle School Physical Education teacher. He then transferred to Foley High School as a Career Prep and PE/Life teacher. Coach Ott attended USA (University of South Alabama) and obtained his B.S. in Exercise Science. He then attended UAB (University of Alabama at Birmingham) for his B.S. in Physical Education K-12.
While Coach Ott was in high school, he wanted to get his degree in Exercise Science and be a certified Strength and Conditioning Coach. Then he almost went to Officer Candidate School for the United States Marine Corps., but he went back to school to add on an additional degree to get a teacher’s certification.
Lastly, we asked Coach Ott to give his best advice to any current high school student. “Find your purpose in life; don’t focus on the stats. Everyone is here for a reason, and if you find that purpose, you’ll have a fulfilling life.” Coach Ott further expounded, “Remember that your education right now is your full-time job. Use every resource you can while you’re here to succeed. The teachers, administrators, and all the support staff are here for you. Lastly, don’t make excuses and blame someone else for what you did or didn’t do; be accountable for your actions and decisions you make.”
Soccer tryouts have been going on last week, and Monday and Tuesday of this week. Our boys and girls have been working hard to earn their spot. I have been informed by Coach Hammac that both team lists will be posted this week or at the beginning of next week at the latest.
Trevor is currently as Junior at Foley High School. He is in the drum line with the band, and has been involved for four, almost five years. Trevor used to play sports himself, with five years in baseball and two years in football, but quit to pursue drums in middle school. Trevor supports the sports team and activities around campus, and is a firm believer that extra curricular activities are extremely important for mental health and building social skills.