Coach's Profile: Tom Langworthy

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Tom Langworthy, Jamestown

College: Mercyhurtst College
Family - Wife- Amy, Son- Noah, Dog- Backer

Spending time with family and friends

Pet Peeves:
Laziness, excuses, bad attitudes

Running, reading

Years Coaching:
9 years; 5 as head coach

28-19 (5 years as head coach)

Favorite Movie:
The Shawshank Redemption

Favorite Foods:
Chicken wings, ice cream, pizza

Future Plans:
Continue teaching and coaching

Football Career Highlights:
All- State, First Team in 1998

Favorite NFL Player
Shane Conlan

Favorite College Coach
Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern)

Why did you enter the coaching profession?
I entered the coaching profession because I am passionate about teaching and athletics. Coaching is a way to combine both of them. I also had the blessing of being around many influential coaches as a student-athlete and I wanted to give kids the same experience I had.

What is your philosophy in coaching?
My philosophy of coaching is to help students become better people through athletics. I want my players to play the game the right way, play as a team, give their best effort, have a positive attitude and overcome adversity. Those are qualities our players will need for the rest of their lives.

What brings you the most satisfaction in coaching?
I always enjoy the Saturday morning after a big win on Friday night. It is a chance to reflect with coaches and players about the night before. It is the one time during the week that you can relax and enjoy a victory. I also enjoy when former players come back to practice to visit and say hello. That tells me that they enjoyed their experience as Red Raiders and that it meant alot to them.

What was your greatest win in coaching high school football?
The greatest win we have had in recent years is our victory last season over Orchard Park. Orchard Park was ranked #1 in NYS at the time and we played them at home on our homecoming and senior night. It was a great game and both teams played hard.

What were your most memorial moments in coaching high school football?
I have been blessed with many great moments coaching football. Some great moments that come to mind is our victory over Riverside in 2010, when we were the #4 seed and they were the league champs and we beat them on the road 7-6. It was our first playoff win in over 10 years. Another great moment took palce at Kenmore West in 2011 when we beat them to go to Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Who are the most talented players you coached?
There have been some tremendously talented players that I have coached. More important than talent are kids who give everything they have for the betterment of the team. There are always the high-profile athletes that get their name in the paper but the kids behind the scenes are what makes good teams great.

What is your biggest coaching thrill?
My biggest excitement in coaching comes from watching players improve day to day and week to week. I am the most pleased when we win a game with great execution and all of the players get to play in the game. It is very rewarding for players and coaches when that happens.

What were the best teams you have ever coached?
The best team I have coached so far was last year's 2012 team. We had a great group of young men who played well as a team and did not care who got the credit. We made some great memories and had a lot of fun. We have a great group coming back next season so I am excited to coach the upcoming team.

What was your most proud or memorial moment in playing football?
I went to Southwestern High School and our big rival was Falconer. The rivalry was very intense when I was in high school and both schools were not fond of each other. In my freshman and sophmore years, we came up short against them but we won during my junior and senior years. During my senior year, we beat them on their field so it was very memorable and rewarding for my team. I was proud that we won that rivalry game as seniors.

Who was your mentor?
My father is not a coach, but he taught me many lessons about what it means to be a man. He is very intense and is a hard worker. I was able to be around great coaches when I was a student-athlete so I was able to take things away from them that I incorporate into my own style of teaching. My wrestling coach, Walt Thurnau, was very influential in my life because he was a coach who had a relationship with his athletics that went beyond athletics. His commitment to us was unconditional and we flourished because we wanted to win for him. I also learned a lot from Jay Sirianni, who I coached under at Southwestern High School for two seasons when I first began coaching after graduating from college.

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