PLEASANT GROVE, Ala. (WIAT)- Nick Saban and Gus Malzahn spend their entire weeks preparing for their next opponent. It consumes their every thought and waking second. High school coaches, similarly, have their mind loaded all week too; however, they have a lot more to think about than football! Pleasant Grove High School Defensive Coordinator Scott Lowery recently let us spend a day in his shoes, and trust us, those shoes get worn out quickly!
His day typically starts around 6:00am, as he heads out to the high school after helping his wife with their five-month old baby. His schedule includes teaching four Health classes and two ACT Prep courses. He brings a laid back approach to the classroom, saying, “I just try to have fun with it, because that’s what I want to do, I want to have fun in school. A lot of times that produces a positive attitude where they can learn.” During lunch, he scarfs down tuna (which he’s had every day for five years for lunch) while preparing the practice schedule for that afternoon. At 2:00pm he heads over to the field house to supervise baseball work-outs (he’s also the head coach of the team). At 3:00pm he trades the ball cap for his football visor. In addition to running the defense, he coaches the defensive backs, bringing the same energy he infuses into the classroom onto the gridiron. Practice lasts until 6:00pm, when the coaches gather to watch film of that weeks opponent until 8:00pm. Coach Lowery then heads home to put the baby to bed, and then: back to work. “Some days I watch film until 1:00am,” he says with a laugh.
All that hard work paid of the week we spend time at Pleasant Grove High School. The Spartans knocked off Parker High 21-7.