Smiths Station wrestling coach Tommy Sanders entered the profession in a similar fashion to many other high school coaches.
When he began coaching 12 years ago, it was largely with the goal of making a difference in those who were a part of his team.
The results of those goals are apparent when you consider the Panthers' success on the mat. This season, the team has won five of the seven tournaments it has participated in and has an overall record of 18-2.
After 12 years as a coach, though one of his goals is still to help the team find success in competition, his ultimate goal is still to make differences in his athletes' lives.
Sanders spoke with the Ledger-Enquirer after the finals of the Smiths Station Invitational wrestling tournament last Saturday about his goals for his team on and off the mat in 2013.
What got you into coaching originally?
I always played football growing up and I really enjoy sports. I respected all my coaches. They were somebody that I looked up to. I still look up to them today. Hopefully, I can be that for somebody else.
What's that opportunity to help them grow like?
This is to borrow a saying from Sam Snider, the coach at Gilmer. Our job is to make them better husbands, better parents and better citizens. Hopefully we can do that and teach them character and how to approach life, because life doesn't always give you what you want.
To watch a video of the full interview, go to www.ledger-enquirer.com/valleypreps.