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Update: Tatum coach to receive 'Coaching Beyond the Game' award

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UPDATE: Tatum ISD Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Andy Evans will receive the "Coaching Beyond the Game" award from the Texas high School Coaches Association during the group's Leadership Summit in Houston on Feb. 16.

According to Tatum ISD staff, Evans is getting the award because of mentoring programs his coaching staff started at Tatum High School, including the Uncommon Man, which seeks to bring men in Tatum's community closer to students, many who come from single-parent homes.

The association is planning to introduce Evans by showing a CBS 19 news segment from Nov. 15, when members of the football team who were on their way to a playoff game helped a homeless family outside a Henderson grocery store.

 



 

TATUM (KYTX) - The Tatum High School football team was on its way to a playoff game, when a quick stop for snacks became a random act of kindness for a family in need.

Lessons at Tatum High come in uncommon moments.

"Uncommon means, when we fall short, we recognize it and we fix it the next time," says athletic director and head coach Andy Evans stopped with his team for snacks at a Henderson grocery store.

When Carlos Pocasangre exited the store, he noticed a family living in a truck.

"I just saw the guy get out, saw his kids, saw his wife," Pocasangre said, "and I just thought about, 'What if that was me? What would I want somebody to do?"'

So he gave the man change from his wallet. Carlos turned back, only to see teammates streaming off the bus, giving their change, too.

Teammate Taylor Garrett gave and then returned to give more. "I saw they had three kids, and I kinda felt bad because they were staying in a truck," Garrett said. "So, I took twenty dollars back to them."

The gesture was on Facebook before the Eagles kicked off their playoff game in Lufkin.

Coach Evans says it's fruits of the uncommon man and uncommon woman, two programs that bring Tatum's moms and dads into strong mentoring roles. The program's goal is far beyond a state championship.

"We'll know ten years from now if we've been a success or not," Evans said. "If you're a good dad or a good employee, or you've turned out to be a good man or good husband, those types of things are what we want to measure our success on."

Teammate Chris Starling says giving just made sense.

"We have uncommon men," Starling said. "We were like, 'There's no point in saying it if you're actually not going to be about it.'"

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