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‘Pioneer Wars’ starts new era for Crockett

Since the December 2012 hiring of Jeremy Bosken as the new David Crockett High School football coach, the Pioneer program has undergone a dramatic facelift.
The outward changes include a new logo and preparation for new uniforms.
The inward changes, however, are much more profound, evident after school every Monday through Thursday in the Pioneer weight room.
Bosken was met with a tall task when he accepted the head coaching position at Crockett — turn the team into an annual contender.
One of the first steps in moving toward that goal was developing an effective offseason conditioning program.
Pioneer Wars was the result. The program divides the football team into six smaller teams, each drafted by an assigned captain.
The teams earn points on attendance, weight room performances and good grades or positive reports from teachers. Bonus points are available for serving others and doing good deeds.
“Everything with this program has a purpose,” Bosken said.
Each person who shows up to the program gets one point, but if everyone on a team shows up, that team gets a bonus.
“This teaches accountability and trust, something we hope translates onto the football field,” Bosken said.
Bosken is also intent on developing the character and leadership skills of his young players.
“The way we see it, football is not who we are but what we do,” Bosken said. “We don’t only want to be good football players, but a good son, a good student, a good brother. We are really trying to show them how rewarding it is to serve other people and how to be a role model and leader.”
The results of the program thus far have been positive for not only the players and coaches, but also for teachers.
“If we teach these kids how important school and books are now, that is one less thing we have to preach later,” Bosken said. “They are doing great, they have adapted better than I would have ever imagined, and I am getting a lot of positive emails from teachers who are seeing improvement in the classroom.”
Voluntary offseason conditioning programs rarely attract a large number of willing participants.
In the past, the team would have been lucky to get 20 participants. This year 51 kids are involved, and 20 of them are new to the team.
“I have been recruiting kids at the school for football left and right,” Bosken said. “We have 51 in the program right now, and that’s not counting the kids involved with spring sports.”
Aside from weightlifting, players participate in warm ups, tug of war, and recently something called “the Harlem Shake.”
“We want to make working out fun, so we try and incorporate different activities that the kids will enjoy,” Bosken said. “We also have family talk on Tuesdays and Thursdays, where we gather and talk about important issues going on in their lives. We teach there is a time to work and a time to play.”
Every aspect of the program has been crafted by the coaching staff to serve a purpose, in sports and in life.
Whether this leads to more wins on the football field is anybody’s guess, but if Bosken’s first two months on the job are any indication, the future of Crockett football seems bright.