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Coach Ross Els

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University of Nebraska Linebackers Coach Ross Els was the keynote speaker at the annual Coaches Clinic on Wednesday night.

YORK – Coaches and business people from York gathered Wednesday night at Chances R for the 2012 Coaches Clinic.

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University of Nebraska Husker Linebackers Coach Ross Els was the keynote speaker for the night.

Els is a graduate of Lincoln Northeast High School and the University of Nebraska at Omaha as well as the son of a longtime high school coach.

“Clinics like this hit home for me,” Els said. “I understand what you guys do as coaches and athletic directors and the sacrifices you make.”

He began with a note of encouragement for the gathered coaches.

“You guys make a huge difference,” he said. “You get to teach kids the difference between right and wrong.”

Els also gave a quick run down for the audience of what’s happening in the Nebraska football program. He talked about recruiting strategies and what he as a coach looks for in potential recruits.

He said he’s ecstatic about the quality and level of talent the program will be getting with the recently completed 2012 class.

Els spoke about the different parts of what he calls the Husker Linebacker Doctrine for his players.

One of those parts was about doing things right in every part of your life.

“You are what you are when no one else is around,” he said.

“Do you continue to lead the correct life when you’re alone? That’s the true meaning of you.”

Outworking the competition, maintaining a positive mindset, being a part of the team, developing successful habits, showing appreciation for the military and giving back to the community are all important parts of the doctrine as well.

Influencing the youth is one of the most important parts, Els said.

He said that he tells his players all the time that there are young eyes watching them and setting them up as role models.

“We need to make sure we’re projecting and living a positive image,” he said.

Els told a story of a time when he got in trouble during high school at Lincoln Northeast.

He wasn’t kicked off the basketball team, but he and several other players were sat down in their coach’s office.

“He told us, ‘you don’t realize there’s guys in the driveway right now, pretending they’re you,’” Els said. “Boom. That hit me.”

Els also told the crowd about the coaches’ part of the doctrine.

Communicating honestly, being enthusiastic, being an involved coach, backing up what you say and progressing and improving are important things to keep in mind, he said.

It’s important to contribute and compromise, he added. Recognizing that each coach has his or her own talents and expertise is important.

You should combine the positive to enhance the environment of success.

The evening was sponsored by York General Health Care Services, York College and BryanLGH Medical Center.

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