Every now and again, life throws you a curve ball. You meet someone in an unexpected place, at an unexpected time and you make a new friend. My friend, Coach Greer, is such a person. As a Coach, he is admirable. As a friend he is, incomparable. He is that type of man that inspires, promotes, and brings out the very best in every life that he touches.
Over the past five years, I have watched his commitment to the development of JMAC’s young men. Teachers at JMAC are committed to developing the minds of Young Knights. Coaches help develop character, discipline and sportsmanship. No coach does it like Coach Greer: constantly encouraging brotherhood in the face of defeat or the glow of victory; promoting scholarship in partnership with teachers; and instilling discipline in the face of chaos. Most impressive is his enthusiasm in the midst of budget constraints, politics and “Inner City Blues.” For instance, JMAC did not need buses to show up on time. We had Coach Greer and his SUV. We have not had to worry about whether or not we would have a team, because we had Coach Greer and we knew he was going to recruit. We don’t have to worry about what our athletes will do after high school. We have Coach Greer who dares colleges to ignore our players because they come from the inner city.
On more than one occasion, I have seen Coach Greer take the incorrigibles and turn them into decent, outgoing, upstanding members of the JMAC community living by his own motto, “I am not interested in students winning games. I am interested in students winning in LIFE!” I could go on and on about Coach Greer, but I will close with this: “If you want to get to know a man, look at the fruit he bears!”
Christopher: a shy quiet fellow… won his who his first wrestling match to a thunderous audience of teammates, administrators, and spectators and has been unstoppable ever since.
Dequoin: a scrappy freshman, now a senior and Division 1A contender.
August “pull myself up by my bootstraps”: a college freshman and scholar.
Walter: Class of 2013, now, a committed family man. Last but not least
L.G.: My 8 year old nephew to whom you’ve provided comradery and male companionship, and the art of competition at a crucial time in his development… now a karate champion, first string basketball player, MVP soccer player and future Knight.
While we might not always say the things we should to the people whom inspire us. I am pleased that you have committed yourself to JMAC. Not many know that you have, over the years, turned down better offers. I know this to be true, because it is partially my fault. I can’t stop bragging about you. As a result, I am often asked by athletic directors, principals and organizational leaders to convince you to change your mind. I tell them I cannot change what’s in your heart. Coach Greer, you are a KNIGHT in service, spirit and heart.
– In the words of Ms. Brandi Williams, Attendance Secretary
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