Letter: The true meaning of winning
The Gloucester High School boys’ basketball team did not win a game this year. Not one. But they were not losers. There were many positives. The boys never quit. They put forth the effort. They stuck together and did not point fingers. They were winners in life.
I think each one should be proud they represented Gloucester High School. I know as a parent I was proud of them. Did they feel bad about their record? Absolutely! But they held their heads high and gave the effort. They were a young team with only three seniors, playing in one of the toughest high school districts on the East Coast, if not the country.
One of the biggest reasons they stayed together was Coach Chris Morgan. Coach Morgan coached these kids every minute of every game, regardless of the score. I was the scorekeeper at away games. I got to hear most of everything that went on. In one game they were behind by 60 points with a minute and a half to go. Coach called time and coached like crazy to get them to try to win in the last minute and a half. He got on them, pushed them, patted them on the back, consoled them and was with them every step of the way.
Don’t judge Chris Morgan on the team’s record. He’s a good coach. He is at a disadvantage by teaching at Heritage and not Gloucester. It keeps him from those day-to-day contacts that can help the school team; but he certainly puts the hours in with the kids.
Coach Morgan cares about the kids. He will certainly get on them. But when they show improvement, he always lets them know it. I hope we have Chris Morgan for a long while. Hopefully one day soon we will have him here as a teacher. I want a coach for my kid that is there, good or bad. Chris Morgan was right there, every step of the way. Hopefully we have some wins in store in the future, but I was happy with my son’s experience. He learned much.