Coach's Profile: Don Bass, Niagara Falls

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Why did you enter the coaching profession?
To help boys turn into positive, confident and strong young men.

What is your philosophy in coaching?
You can't succeed unless you are willing to "go hard or go home".

What brings you the most satisfaction in coaching?
Watching "hope" in their eyes turn into reality.

What was your greatest win in coaching High School Football?
Beating Clarence in 2011 and giving Niagara Falls our first playoff win.

What were your most memorable moments in coaching High School Football?
My first win as a Head Coach coming back from 14 down to beat Clarence on the road in 2007; making the playoffs in 2009, and our first playoff win in 2011.

Who are the most talented players that you coached?
James Starks ('01-'05), Antwon Smith ('07), Darryl Smith ('08-'09), Dale Stewart ('09-'10), Bruce Hartinger ('09), Jeff Goldsmith ('10-'11), and Josh Salada ('07-'08)

What game do you remember the most?
My first win as a Head Coach...we were down 14-0 entering the 4th quarter and they refused to give up; the look on their faces as they told me, "Coach, we've got this."

What is your biggest thrill coaching?
Knowing that God has blessed and charged me with the task of helping instill proper values in these students/athletes.

How important are your assistant coaches?
On a scale from 1-10? A 15 -- we all want the same things for our students/athletes, success on, and more importantly, off the field.

What do you expect from a player?
Honesty, focus, effort, and more importantly, have fun.

What were the best teams you have coached?
2009 and 2011.

What was your most proud or memorable moment in playing football?
Every single one I can remember; I love the game!

Who was your mentor?
First is my former coach Paul Fortunate, and then John Faller (Sweet Home), and Len Jankiewicz (Lancaster)


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