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ELKTON, KY - "I just want to be able to give back to the young men and women at the high school level." That is the motivation for Josh Robins, former U.S. Army veteran and current head football coach of Todd Country Central, to wake up and coach football everyday. "I just love the game so much and just wanted to be a part of it somehow and be able to mentor these young guys."
The Todd County Central Rebels completed their first season under new Head Coach Robins in late November. It's never easy to come in as a first-year head coach, but that task becomes even harder in 2020 when you're battling the restrictions of COVID-19.
"It's all about changing the culture right now," said Coach Robins. "The kids here are great, and [we are working on] making them mentally tough."
Coach Robins admitted the virus restrictions hindered his team’s ability to meet and learn from his new coaching staff. One major cancellation was pre-season camp. "Camps usually a big part of building that culture, building those relationships, so not having that kind of put us behind," said Robins.
Despite the challenging circumstances, Robins thought his team and coaching staff did a great job doing what they could to build the relationships needed to be successful early on, which lead to their 2-0 start on the year.
Robins has five pillars he hopes to instill in the Todd County Central football program not only on the field, but off it as well. Those five pillars are: Hustle, Courage, Knowing Your Assignment, Caring About Winning, and Loyalty. "If your momma tells you to take out the trash, you better stop what you're doing and go do it," Robins used as an example of living out the pillars.
Additionally, Robins has a put a strong focus on the players' academic success in his first year with TCC. "[There have been] too many great players who could have played at the next level, or could have gone to a good school, that couldn't accomplish that [due to their academic performance]."
While Robins says he wishes his team had more on-field success, (the Rebels would finish the year 3-5) he said he was most proud of how the team came together amidst the pandemic. "I think they came together, the academics improved, and the work ethic improved," said Robins.
Robins hopes these early signs of progress on the football field carry over into their everyday life and that his players can live by his core values. He said next season, in unison with his core values, the team's focus will be about finishing. "On the field, off the field....just being able to finish...and living by our five pillars.”
Xenith is proud to have Coach Robins and Todd County Central as a member of the family and wish them all the best in the seasons ahead.