Sept. 6, 2002
Cullowhee, N.C. - Jim Bullins of Burlington is this week's recipient of four free tickets to a Catamount home game after his question was picked in the weekly "Ask Kent Briggs" promotion. Bullins, who won tickets to the West Virginia Tech game, asked Western's first-year coach, "Since you played for and coached with Bob Waters, what influence did he have one your coaching philosophy?"
Coach Briggs's reply was the following. "Coach Waters had a tremendous influence on me both as a player and coach. What I hope to bring from his teaching is the fact that he always did what he said would do. What impressed me most was how he battled Lou Gehrig's Disease and his determination to not let it defeat him. He never gave up. As a player and coach, we could look up to him knowing he was doing what he asked us to do as far as overcoming adversity. Coach Waters would and did fight adversity just as hard as he asked you to both as a player and coach. He brought a coaching philosophy that predicated itself on the fact that football was a sport which helped a young man learn how to be successful in life by overcoming adversity, being discipline, learning to work together with teammates and making the right choices. That's what football is all about. And, that is exactly what life is about too."
The Western Carolina Department of Athletics will give four free tickets for the upcoming Catamount home game to a lucky fan each week. To qualify, simply click the "Ask Kent Briggs" icon on catamountsports.com and submit your question. If your question is answered, you win.