New Football Coach Brings Winning Edge to BSU
By Randall Bell
Discipline, faith and hard work are essential attributes needed for a successful team to flourish. These are the same qualities that Bowie State's first-year head football coach Damon Wilson has instilled in his team to guide them to a 6-2 record, winning the last five games.
After starting the season 1-2, Bowie has taken big steps toward becoming a successful program. "Believing in the system, willing to put in the necessary work, and along with facing an early tough schedule," are some of the reasons that have helped to turn around the team this season, Wilson said.
Wilson was also aware of the importance of going into last weekend's homecoming prepared to put on a "nice display" because he is an alumnus of the university. Since returning to his former stomping grounds he has noticed positive changes that have developed: an increase in enrollment, Greek life, and an overall school spirit, as well as the sprout of new buildings and renovated facilities on campus. This spirit seemed to be the edge in the 14-0 homecoming victory this past weekend, pushing the team to a 5-0 record in the CIAA.
But this is no mistake, the team is winning as of late because they are focused on the things needed to be done in order to win and most importantly focused on themselves. Only they can control their success, and Coach Wilson says he has "no fears" about entering the later part of the season. "Everything is on course and fans should be proud of their football team," Wilson said.
The coach is also proud and impressed by his team's resiliency and willingness to accept change. Entering his first season at Bowie, Wilson knew he had to change the mindset of the team, being just average was not going to be tolerated. Being a player's kind of coach, he also expects his athletes to be tough, coachable and intelligent.
A play caller on game days does not fill the void for Wilson, he also wants to "develop young men" and to have these young men graduate. He wants his players to be accountable for their actions, and not just football either.
But as far as football goes, Wilson said, "It feels great... good to come back home and lead my team to victory."