Coaching brings Willinghams to Cuero
By Robert Proctor
The Cuero Record
New to the coaching profession, Jake Willingham will embark on his third season and first in Cuero this fall. It wasn’t until his first year in college at Texas A&M-Kingsville that he first felt that itch to coach. After five years as a corrections officer, Willingham accepted his first coaching job at Cumby ISD in 2018 before making his way to Cuero earlier this year.
Understandably, the past several months have been a challenging time for players and coaches alike. With spring practices cut short due to COVID-19, the focus remains on safety.
“It is definitely different right now trying to put the student-athletes in the best position possible to be successful and also keep them all safe,” Willingham stated. “All of us coaches have been doing our best to communicate and enforce the rules that have been put in place by the UIL (University Interscholastic League). I think all coaches and student-athletes have learned that communication and safety is key in making sure we are able to have school and sports in the fall.”
A former player himself, Willingham is no doubt hopeful for a full season this year. Growing up in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, he graduated from Van Alstyne High School in 2009 before accepting a scholarship to play for the Javelinas and finishing college in 2013.
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