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Coach Nady, Boise State readies Parish Panthers for Playoffs
Posted 11/11/2014 02:17PM
Parish’s varsity football team heads into the playoffs strong as they celebrate last Friday’s 42-14 win over Ft. Worth Christian to become District Champs.
 
In a Preston Hollow People newspaper article this month, Coach Scott Nady shared his journey to Parish and the passion behind his vision for the varsity football team (to view the full article, click here). The last piece of that article especially resonates this week as the boys prepare for Friday’s playoff game (7 p.m. vs. Victoria St. Joseph).

Nady doesn’t necessarily view success in terms of wins and losses. He sees football as a vehicle for teaching life lessons.
“We probably talk 80 percent life and 20 percent football,” he said of his dealings with players. “I don’t know if I’m a successful coach until 10 years after graduation.”
Nady has his share of eccentricities. He can usually be found barefoot at practice, where he plays music and doesn’t use a whistle. He also doesn’t yell at players.
“The volume of your voice does not improve clarity,” he said. “If given the choice, why not have fun?”
The current Parish team has a handful of players that are being recruited by top college programs, just like his rosters of inner-city kids in California. While there might be some socioeconomic differences, there are plenty of similarities, too.
“A lot of my boys in California saw football as a way out. A lot of my boys in Dallas see it as something they love to do, but it’s not always a linchpin to their success,” Nady said. “It doesn’t matter if they live in a mansion or live in the projects. If you love kids, they’ll love you back. And if you respect kids, they’ll respect you back. My kids have played insanely hard for me. I want every Friday night for my boys to be special. My biggest fear on a Friday night is disappointing them.”

And, of course, let’s not forget that Friday night will be our first playoff game on the new blue field.
 
Adding to the fervor of last weekend’s game and preparing for playoffs, the Parish fans received a special recognition from Boise State University. During the university’s first visit to Parish (at the last regular season home football game) the two schools exchanged plaques of recognition to represent the budding relationship over Parish’s new blue field.  At half time, Boise State’s Jim Anderson, associate vice president for enrollment services, and Kelly Talbert, admissions director, presented their gift to the school, thanking Parish for its interest in Boise State and inviting students to “become future Broncos.”
 
“Certainly the athletic connection sparked this,” Anderson said. “Parish Episcopal School is innovative in its efforts to make the student experience special. That really resonated with us."
 
“In addition to the football connection, our top 
engineering programs, health professions programs and innovative new academic offerings also resonate with parents and students.”
Regarding the relationship with the university, Parish’s Dave Monaco said, “[Boise State’s] support in our field project this summer helped us not only lay a turf that primarily focused on the safety of our athletes, but gave us an opportunity to showcase, in an unusual way, the innovative, open-minded spirit of our school — both on the field and in the classroom.”
 
A blue field, a playoff game and our Parish Panthers. Let’s get ready for a Red Out game day and come cheer our Panthers on as they continue their success on the field.
 
Game Day details:
Football Playoffs, first round – November 14
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Join us for a RED OUT as the Parish Panthers take on the Victoria St. Joseph Flyers this Friday, November 14th at 7 pm at Gloria Snyder Stadium.  Join the Parish Athletic Booster Club for the free Pre-Game fun - enjoy pizza by the slice and fire pits for roasting s'mores from 6 pm until kick-off at 7 pm.  Come early and stay late to cheer on our 9-1 Panthers as they make a run for the State Championship.  The concession stand will be open as well and will have plenty of hot chocolate and coffee!

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