Tom McHugh

tom mchugh

Tom McHugh

My dad has been a coach as long as I can remember. From my sisters' little league softball teams, to high school softball, wrestling, and football - coaching has been a part of his life. For the last 10 years he has been the Varsity football coach at Pasco High School. His number one goal is to develop student athletes - emphasis on the word student. He expects his players to be model students and citizens, both on and off the field. Each Friday, the team dons their shirt and tie, that night the team eats together as a family, and he gets them ready for the game with a motivational speech.

Every coach's desire is to win the game, but even more so, my dad's goal is to reach his kids and to make a difference in their lives. He goes above and beyond what is required of a coach - even long after his players have graduated and moved on. He continues to text and call his athletes to check in with them and see how they are doing. This impact is especially noticeable on his birthday and Father's Day, when his phone is ringing with warm wishes. His dedication to his team is unrivaled.

Many of his student athletes have earned scholarships to play at Division 1 schools, and this week, two of his former players signed with professional teams. (Janarion Grant - Ravens Joey Ivie - Kansas City) . He holds the record for the most wins at Pasco High School (84-42-0), has been named Coach of the Week by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Pasco County Coach of the Year.

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