Dear Skyline Community,
Hello and welcome to Skyline Football 2021. I am excited to start my 3rd year with the Skyline Football family. In the time that I have had the opportunity to work with your student-athletes, I have discovered that they are wonderful people committed to success. You have raised them well. You should be proud. They have been working hard and showing a commitment to Skyline Football’s future.
I have spent the last 25 years with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and held the rank of captain the last 15 years. I have been in command of various areas throughout law enforcement some of which included: SWAT, Lake Patrol, Special Investigations, and various patrol districts. In my time as a law enforcement officer I learned that all people are fallible and anyone can make mistakes. I learned not to judge others because you may not have all the evidence to make an educated assessment.
I grew up in Chicago, on the Westside of town. I grew up in a two-parent household with five sisters. I am the youngest. My first introduction to organized sports was in high school, the first sport being football. Throughout my high school career at Carl Schurz High School, I played football and wrestled. I excelled at both sports, but it took almost my entire high school career for that to happen. After successful junior and senior years, I was scouted by college coaches, but I didn’t have the grades needed to go straight to a 4 year school, so I was left with the option of junior college. I attended the college of DuPage in Glen Ellen, Illinois where I was named to the All-American team in 1987. After completing 2 years at the community college I went on to attend the University of Iowa on a full athletic scholarship. I competed in both football and wrestling at the University of Iowa. I can safely say I had twoof the best coaches in the country, Dan Gable for wrestling and Hayden Fry for football. After spending 3 years at the University of Iowa I was given the opportunity to join the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent. I was coached by Bill Belichick in his debut as an NFL head coach. After moving to Arizona, I joined the Arizona Rattlers organization where I was coached by Danny White.
I am a father of a 19-year-old son who I was lucky enough to coach at Chandler High School. My son’s name is Tyrese. Tyrese was part of three state championship teams at Chandler High School.
I began my coaching career in Arizona, in 1999, as a Defensive Line Coach at Mesa Community College. At the conclusion of my first season at Mesa I had six defensive linemen receive college offers.
I coach football not for the championship or the accolades, but because I know firsthand what positive impact a football coach can have on the life of a young man. The lessons learned in this sport will be used throughout their lives and will allow them to soar higher than they ever thought possible. I know because that was the lesson my teammates and I received from the game. Today we share stories on how much the discipline that we once hated helped us later in life. My goal as a football coach is to ensure that the players I coach are given the same opportunities to benefit from today’s experience tomorrow.
I believe people can achieve great things if you get them to believe in themselves. Every child can make positive contributions to something greater than themselves. If you commit to a goal, dedicate yourself to the work it takes to accomplish that goal, persevere through the difficult times you encounter while pursuing that goal, you can achieve the seemingly impossible.
Playing time is earned through practice habits and skill development. The best players will play. If your child is not playing, he likely knows what areas need improvement. Parental involvement doesn’t determine playing time. Player involvement determines playing time. Practice is not optional. If a practice is scheduled, all players are expected to be present barring an emergency. In such cases I do expect a call or a visit from the parent prior to the player’s absence. Missing practice could affect a player’s playing time. Accountability to the team is a very important aspect of team sports. In order to prepare a team, the team must be present.
Football doesn’t start in August or September it starts with off season conditioning and strength development which begins in December or January. Championship teams give championship effort.
If you have a question for me, you can always reach me on my cell phone at 602-290-2685.
Together we will succeed.
Coach George Hawthorne
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