School may be out for summer, but Stanton High School’s Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Jerry Burkhart continues to prepare for his first football season with the Stanton Buffaloes. Burkhart, who led his last school, Richland Springs, to a record 8 state championships in 6-man football, was hired earlier this year after John Peterson, former AD and Head Football Coach for the Buffaloes, stepped down from his position.
When asked what he felt is a big part of his transition from 6-man to 11-man football, Coach Burkhart stated that working with approximately 80 kids, which is about 3 times more kids than he worked with at his last school may make managing practices challenging, but he noted that he’s been blessed with a good number of coaches in order to isolate kids down to groups of 10 so they can focus on the fundamentals and other aspects of the sport.
Burkhart advised that he had 7 years of experience coaching 11-man football earlier in his career; and went on to say that expectations for him are the same, and he keeps the same goals.
“I like district championships, but I like state championships a lot better. So, that’s our goal – to go to the state championships. It’s a process, and the biggest thing is you got to get the kids believing in you, and they got to believe in the Coach and know that we believe in them," says Burkhart.
Event though Burkhart has several state championships under his belt, he maintains that the only way to be successful is “to put God in your program.”
Catch a sneak peek of Coach Burkhart in action tomorrow evening, as he coaches the Public School 6-man team for the 2018 Don Hardin Texas Bowl 6-Man Football All-Star Game. Also, don’t forget you can catch a live broadcast of that game brought to you by our KBest Sports Announcers – Mark Richardson and Josh Caudill.