Father, son coaching tradition carries on at South Terrebonne
Thu. October 31, 2013 at 10:03 a.m. | By Kelly McElroy/Staff Writer
Archie Adams (from left) stands with his son Dylan Adams, and David McCormick II stands with his son, David McCormick III, on Tuesday at South Terrebonne. Dylan Adams and McCormick III are seniors on the South Terrebonne football team, and their fathers are assistant coaches. (Photo by Kelly McElroy/Staff)
Nearly a decade ago two South Terrebonne High School assistant football coaches were joyful that their sons were finally old enough to be ball boys for the Gators.
Now those two former ball boys — Dylan Adams and David McCormick III — are senior captains for the Gators, and their dads — Gators assistants Archie Adams and David McCormick II — have been there every step of the way watching them grow from boys to men.
“We can remember when both of our boys were ball boys for the first time,” Archie Adams said. “It kind of blew you away because it was like, ‘Wow, they are old enough to be ball boys.’ Then we blinked our eyes, and they are senior captains of the football team. But beyond football, both of the boys are honor students and have their heads screwed on right. That is what we are most proud of. They work hard and excel in sports and academics. You are blessed to have children like that.”
Dylan Adams is the team’s starting center and long snapper for the Gators, and Archie Adams coaches the defensive backs; however, Dylan has still always been able to ask his dad for advice because of one specific fact.
“When he was in high school, he played what I play now — center and long snapper,” Dylan Adams said. “He has really been able to help me with blocking techniques. He helps me out as much as he can. He definitely pushes me harder now that I am in high school. At home, we talk about sports a lot, and we watch sports together all the time. It’s been fun. I always have someone to talk about high school football, and he can always relate.”
David McCormick II coaches linebackers and is the defensive coordinator for the Gators. His only son is a starting linebacker and has interest from a number of colleges like Nicholls State University, Northwestern State, Darthmouth, Holy Cross, Stetson, some Division II schools, and he has an offer from an NAIA school in Oklahoma.
McCormick II said watching his son rise through the football ranks has been memorable.
“It’s been amazing,” McCormick II said. “Watching him play for the Bourg Gators and moving up through the feeder programs and then coming to us, it was good to see him mature and see how he picks up things on the field and how physical he is on the field. He is like having another coach on the field. He sees the formations and knows the tendencies and what other teams are trying to do to us.”
David McCormick III said having your dad coach the same position you play has been challenging but rewarding.
“It’s been kind of difficult,” McCormick III said. “He is the hardest on me out of all of the linebackers we have. If I mess up, he yells at me worse than if one of the other guys messes up. We go over it again 20 or 30 times to make sure I get it right. He helps me get to where I need to be. It has been great though. I really like it.”
McCormick II doesn’t shy away from the fact the he is indeed harder on his son.
“I find myself kind of being harder on him,” McCormick II said. “If another kid would make the same mistake, I would say, ‘Do a better job next time,’ but I am harder on him when he makes a mistake, but he has accepted every challenge I have given him. It’s been fun.”
The Adams and McCormick father-son coaching connection is not the first at South Terrebonne. Head coach Richard Curlin and long-time assistants Stephen Barba and Francis Labat all coached their sons in football at South Terrebonne.
“It was a learning experience to see how those guys handed it,” McCormick II said. “They didn’t coach their sons at a position so that was a first, but it was good to learn from the guys who have been here, not only about football but from the father figure points of view.”
Adams said having other coaches at the Bourg school coach their sons made it easier on him and McCormick II.
“It helped us,” Adams said. “They did a good job of dealing with it. During our time here, most of the coaches sons were really productive to the team. A big misconception is that our kids get everything because they are our kids, but they can tell you they are the hardest coached and hardest critiqued, and sometimes they will probably tell you they wished they were not the son of a coach.”
Both Archie and Dylan Adams and both McCormicks said their experiences have been nearly all positive in working together, but Archie Adams pointed out that everything doesn’t always go smoothly when dealing with the father-son dynamic.
“It doesn’t matter if you have been coaching for 50 years,” Archie Adams, who has a 7-year-old Aubin who will be a ball boy for the Gators next season, said with a grin, “sometimes you are just dad, and you don’t know what you are talking about.”