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Grace Community To Add Football

First, it was TK Gorman, then Brook Hill, then All Saints.  Now, Grace Community School in Tyler is becoming the fourth private school in East Texas to start a football program. The school made the announcement at a press conference this afternoon. They also introduced their new head coach. He is former Tatum assistant coach Tim Truman. Truman also has experience starting a football program, helping do so at Southwestern Assembly of God University in 2000.

"All of those experiences that I brought with me from that have led me to believe more everyday that the foundation and the way in which they established this program will lead to it's ultimate success," said Truman.

Head Administrator Jay Ferguson said the move of soccer from a fall sport to a spring sport was a big reason why Grace decided to add football.  But, it was the prospect of developing integrity and character in young men that sealed the deal.

"Kids grow under pressure," said Ferguson.  "We all grow under pressure when we face adverse times. And, while football and athletics are artificial pressure, they're pressure nonetheless. So there's tremendous opportunity for growth from young men here."

Grace plans to use this fall as a developmental season.  They will then add a junior high and JV team in 2006, a varsity team with an independent schedule in 2007, then a full Tapps 5A varsity team in 2008.

Kevin Berns reporting.

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