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SAN ANGELO – While Wednesday afternoon’s 45th annual Angelo Football Clinic featured Alabama’s National Football Champ, head coach, Nick Saban, and Thursday’s 11 a.m. close out speaker was Clint Hartman, head coach of the Midland Lee Rebels, believe it or not, both coaches do have two common things. First finding ways to become better. Second, academic and personal development of their players.

Coach Hartman when he spoke Thursday to a smaller crowd of high school coaches, he certainly made his point out of the box when he stated that his emphasis was not about X’s and O’s but the foundation to football was related to character. Hartman’s presentation was titled--Yearly Organizational Plan, Coaching Character and Multiple Offense Made Simple.

“At Lee High School, our head coaches in their respective sports have to give us a yearly plan at the beginning of the year.” “And what is their character development plans going to look like” said Hartman.

Hartman followed up by specifically stating that the character development plan addresses premarital sex, drugs and alcohol. Hartman’s concept was to build men of character. When Hartman added on the Xs and Os, to come along side of football, he knew the foundation of his team needed to have was character. 

Hartman said when he played for Hardin Simmons football coach, Jimmy Keeling, and later was on his staff, it was there that he took from Keeling what he implemented at Lee, building character on your football team through personal development first, with the fundamentals of Xs and Os being second.

When Hartman was hired as the new coach of Midland Lee in March 2016, MISD Superintendent, Dr. Ryder Warren stated it best why he was the best applicant out of 40 who applied for the position.

“It was important that he was a coach of kids rather than a coach of a sport.” 

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