John Waugh heads into his 17th season as the Cougars head man. Not so much because he's built a perennial power but more so because of his big picture coaching style - one that continues to evolve.
John Waugh has been coaching at Crockett for almost two decades.
"Yeah! Seventeen years ago, I was the youngest coach - Head Coach in 5A," Waugh said.
He was just 31-years-old when he took over in Cougar country and as the clock keeps on ticking, Waugh's former players keep on growing up.
"I've got a guy that's a major in the U.S. Army and he is now teaching at West Point and he was one of my first players here. And those guys that are successful and they do that, and they come back and attribute part of that success and the things that they learned in high school football. And that's the great part about this job," Waugh said.
Although he's nearing 50, Waugh continues to find ways to relate to his teenage players.
"You never watched wizard of Oz?" Waugh asked one of his players.
"No," the player replied.
"Oh my goodness! That's your homework," Waugh said.
The old-school coach is even embracing new-school technology and using iPads on the field.
"Well... It's not! Old school is listening to that 16 millimeter film click through…and then, you know - VHS! We've been through a lot," Waugh said.
"The iPad helps us in film and on the field you can watch it right there. So, If we need to correct anything - the iPad helps," Crockett senior wide receiver Trevon Louis said.
And while the Cougars have actually lost more games than they've won in Waugh's tenure, Crockett Principal Craig Shapiro knows a true winner when he sees one.
"I'm looking for leadership, and I'm looking for somebody who's a role model for kids and sometimes we learn - not just in the wins and losses but we learn in how do we react to them and I've never been disappointed in five years I've been here, Shapiro said. "If the team wins - it's a wonderful experience for the kids - teaches them how to win. If they lose, he teaches them how to lose with grace and dignity and to learn from it."
Things are about to get really interesting for Waugh. He'll soon be coaching his own son at Crockett along with the sons of some of his former players.
Statesman experts Rick Cantu and Danny Davis joined FOX 7 to talk about Crockett and how they will compete this season.