New coaches finally working with student-athletes

New coaches finally working with student-athletes
Corrigan coach Joe Willis breaks down a weight lifting session on Tuesday (Source: KTRE sports)

CORRIGAN, TX (KTRE) - Coach Brett Ratliff is finally meeting his high school athletes.

Corrigan hired Ratliff in the middle of the pandemic shutdown. With the UIL resuming activities the week of June 8, Ratliff has been able to finally meet face-to-face with his team. In the month since he was hired Ratliff has been meeting virtually with the athletes.

“That has been challenging but it is something I have learned and embraced and hopefully will help us in the years to come," Ratliff said.

Corrigan will start their football specific workouts next week. This week the district is only focusing on speed camp for all high school and junior high athletes. Over 100 students have shown up the first two days.

These first two days have been less about strength and conditioning and more about getting to know their names and them getting to know where I am from," Ratliff said. “I think they were isolated for so long that they needed that. They wanted to come around and visit with us and have conversations.”

In Tyler Joe Willis has spent more time away from his Tyler Lee athletes then with them since being hired at the end of January.

“The thing that happened over those two months was I got to know a lot of them over zoom meetings,” Willis said. “Some have reached out on social media and I get to see the work they are doing there.”

When it comes to the workouts, Willis and the students are learning together.

“Anytime you have new procedures in place there is going to be some time to get things worked out,” Willis said. I thought it went great. We had around 200 kids. Our trainers have done a great job at making sure everything is done right and is safe."

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