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Coach of the Week: Darryl Thomas

November 13, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
After starting 13 sophomores last year and being pushed around by their opponents, the Covina High School Colts have pushed back in 2010.They came back bigger, stronger and better.

The Colts rolled to a 9-1 record, a league championship and a first-round bye in the CIF playoffs.

But for head coach Darryl Thomas, he doesn't define success simply by wins and losses.

"I believe football is a privilege," Thomas said. "It's not a right. We tell them that football is a sport that's in the limelight, and that's great, but people are also going to be looking at you."

At a school where the motto is, "Stay true to the shoe," Thomas wants his players to also be true to themselves, and he demands their best on and off the field.

"I consider him like my own father, my second father away from home," said one of Thomas' players, Billy Livingston."He's always there for me. He's also one of my teachers, so I can't get in trouble."

Thomas has been described as a true man of character and integrity.

As one of his players said, they don't want to disappoint him.