Three Questions with Scott Braswell

In his first two seasons leading the Tigers, Head Football Coach Scott Braswell has led the team to a pair of Prep League Titles. Last year the team also won the sportsmanship award and Coach Braswell was named the league's coach of the year by his peers. The coach took some time out of preparations for his third season at Woodberry to answer three questions.
Early ball starts next week. What are the first things you focus on when a team gathers for those pre-season practices?

There is so much excitement when the team returns from summer and we gather for early ball. I always want to set a tone of high expectations toward our work ethic, our upholding the school's  tradition of excellence in football, and the manner in which we will conduct ourselves. We want everything to be organized, up tempo, and full of enthusiasm.
What are you most excited about for the upcoming season?
I am excited to see how some of the new boys fit into our program, on and off the field. We had such a great culture last year. The team practiced hard, cared for each other, and carried themselves well on the field. Who is going to step up and provide that same leadership? Who will emerge as our "go to" players? How do we best put this team together to maximize our strengths and minimize our weaknesses? All of those questions are exciting to me. I can't wait to get on the field and start working this team. What kind of shape are they in? Did they hold themselves accountable and work out this summer? We will know the answer to that in the first days, and people will see it in the second half of our first game.
You're entering your third year as a member of the Woodberry community. What's the one thing that's stood out to you the most in your first two years on campus?
I'm not sure I can limit my answer to just one thing. The physical beauty of this place still stops me in my tracks. My wife, Rita, and I will still venture out toward the seventh tee box and watch sunsets.  Second, living together as a community allows you to develop closer relationships with your co-workers. Out of respect for family time, I had always tried to leave work at work. Here, your work and your home merge. Rita and I have really enjoyed the relationships we have developed with our neighbors and co-workers. I think the third thing that stands out is the interaction you have with the students, again strengthened by living together and seeing the boys on dorm.  Rita and I have loved having our advisees in our lives. We feel a real attachment to those boys and feel like they are our own while on campus.
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