East Tennessee State University football coach and East Tennessee native Carl Torbush was the guest speaker at the 37th annual Morristown Parks and Recreation Hall of Fame Banquet presented by the Citizen Tribune Thursday night at First Presbyterian Church.
Torbush spoke on leadership and accountability of coaches in leading young boys and girls into being productive citizens in the real world.
“I live by four rules of leadership, and those are yes sir, no sir, hats off and hustle,” Torbush said. “Yes sir and no sir simply come down to manners. It’s polite to say yes sir and no sir. Hats off is a simple act of respect. When you enter someone’s home, the hat comes off. And hustle doesn’t cost anything. You can run on and off the field at all times. It shows discipline.”
Torbush took the time to thank each of the new Hall of Fame members, telling Tim Taylor, Bob Carlyle and Richard Vick they had used their position as coaches to help young people grow.
“Richard, Tim and Bob, I want to thank each of you for what you have done,” Torbush said. “You are growing and have grown young men and women into great people in society.”
Torbush went on to explain that each person needs to live with what he called “the three bones of life.”
“The first bone is a funny bone,” Torbush said. “You need to laugh and enjoy life. The second is a wish bone. You need to set goals and objectives. Don’t just set one big goal and go for it. Set some intermediate goals that you can achieve along the way to your ultimate goal.
“And last, you need to have a back bone. There is always a right and a wrong, and it is important as adults and coaches that we teach young people about the right way and wrong way to do things.”
Torbush closed by saying that your actions and words will always be seen and heard by the kids you influence.
“Always remember there are eyes and ears on you at all times,” Torbush said. “These kids are dreaming of the day they will be like you.”
-By Matt Daniels, Tribune Sports Editor