Video testimony of high school football coach praising player for quitting has gone viral on social media
Kurt Hines, the head coach of Coronado High School in California, posted the short video to Twitter on Wednesday after one of his players left the team. The video has been liked over 28,000 times and retweeted over 3,000 times.
Hines wasn’t ranting and raving like the classic mental image you might have of a soccer coach. Instead, Hines declared his respect for the anonymous player for acknowledging the truth: he didn’t enjoy the game.
“I just brought in a young man and quit and I really couldn’t be happier,” Hines said. “This young man has struggled all season to get to training, to commit. Never looked happy. [He has] stuff is happening.
Hines expressed his appreciation for the player who returned his uniform and gear “washed” when he informed him that he was leaving the team.
Hines shook his hand and asked the player to sit down for a minute.
“He started to explain how his family has always been a family of footballers,” Hines said. “They always loved it, my dad, my brother. I stopped him and asked him, “Do you like this?”
Hines said the player breathed a deep sigh of relief. “No,” replied the player.
“I’m so proud of you,” Hines told him.
“I saw his whole face change. He was smiling from ear to ear, ”Hines said. “I said you were doing the right thing. Football is not for everyone. I couldn’t be happier. Coaches, support your players if they want to be big. And if they want to be great at something other than football, support them anyway. “