In his sixth football season with the Springfield Yellow Jackets, head football coach Dustin Wilson, an alumnus of the team he coaches, is building respect and character among his players.
Wilson said he tells his boys that he wants their Friday nights to be the best experience in their high school career and the thing that they remember most about high school, but he expects those memories to be made with an attitude of respect for others.
Wilson, who spoke to the Springfield Rotary Club on Wednesday, Sept. 13, said he's consistently holding his players to a high standard.
"It starts with 'yes sir' and 'no sir.' Every time, we expect that," Wilson said. "It doesn't matter if it is showing that in the locker room or getting on a bus. I tell them to be aware of their surroundings. It's not just from me, but everyone on our staff."
Wilson said the players on the team also work consistently with a character coach.
"My goal may be to win football games, but my purpose is to make those kids better," Wilson said. "It will help us in the long run, regardless of what we're doing. It's not all about winning football games."
Wilson said he keeps his football philosophy pretty simple, not only in regards to discipline, but also with everything else that involves the team.
"Being an alumnus, I just wanted to see a better place," Wilson said. "I just want the kids to act right. It will take them a lot further. We all know many of them are not going to the next level to play football. That's just a dream."
Wilson said he hopes his contribution to their football experience will make them better people in the future.
"What do you know, we've won a few football games with that philosophy," Wilson said. "It's working out well."