Behind every tackle. Behind every play. Behind every win. There was a great deal of inspiration for this year’s West Point-Beemer football team.
The source of that inspiration — Adam Skoda.
Skoda served as West Point-Beemer’s defensive coordinator during the 2016 season. That would be Skoda’s lone season on the Cadet coaching staff.
This summer, Skoda lost his battle with cancer.
And while West Point-Beemer no longer had Adam’s presence on the sidelines, his memory and the impact he had on players, were not forgotten as the Cadets dedicated the 2017 season to coach Skoda.
“Adam was a special guy. He was a highly respected coach. His memory was a big part of what we did this year,” Cadet head football coach Troy Schlueter said.
What made Skoda such a respected coach? Yes, he knew his X’s and O’s. Yes, he owned a drive to succeed. But most of all, Skoda was able to develop a deep connection with his players.
For those who knew Adam, his ability to form that relationship with his players came as no surprise. Skoda genuinely cared for his players.
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