STOCKBRIDGE — Woodland High School offensive coordinator and assistant head coach Terrone Owens hasn’t been in Henry County long but he’s hoping to make in impact in his first season with the Wolfpack.
Owens, a Decatur-native and late 1990s graduate from Tucker High School, began his coaching career in 2006 at Meadowcreek High School in Gwinnett County. During his time at Meadowcreek, he snapped a 43-game losing streak, which at the time was the longest losing streak in the state.
Owens moved to Arabia Mountain High School in DeKalb County in 2009 as the offensive coordinator. After three years, he landed at Langston Hughes High and watched his team reach the playoffs for the first time in school history. After spending one year at Riverdale High School, Owens moved to Westlake High where he helped the program win back-to-back region championships. He then followed head coach Bryan Love to Lamar County, and eventually to Woodland when Love took the job earlier this year.
Sports Reporter Darius Goodman spoke with Owens about his coaching career and the goals he wants to achieve in our latest edition of “Getting to Know”.
Darius Goodman: Why did you decide to become a coach?
Terrone Owens: Football has always been a sport that I’ve been passionate about, so as cliché as that may sound, it’s true. I get to do something I’m passionate about and I can impact young people’s lives while doing it — sign me up.
DG: What philosophy did you adapt to snap that losing streak back at Meadowcreek? Did you carry that with you and have you kept that philosophy or has it changed?
TO: For the most part it is the same offense with some tweaks here and there.
DG: Many coaches play on big stages themselves before moving into coaching. Did you expect this kind of success as a coach?
TO: Yes, I expected this kind of success because of the type of work that I put in. You are right, many play on the “bigger” stage, but it doesn’t make them “better” at coaching. Playing football and coaching football are not the same. Many of the best coaches weren’t the best players, although I was good.
DG: Is there something you feel like you brought with you to Woodland that has resonated with the kids?
TO: I would have to say attention to detail and the small things. Woodland already has a winning mindset and they enjoy competing. So, my biggest thing was focusing on the minor details to create major outcomes.
DG: Every coach wants to win a state championship, but what are some of your long-term goals to accomplish at Woodland?
TO: To have those who want to continue their education while playing football to have that opportunity, for the players to be outstanding citizens and be there for their families, for them to be proud to come back and know that they are always part of the Wolfpack and to create a long standing and proud tradition of Woodland football.
DG: Considering the team’s success last season, was there any pressure to continue it?
TO: As a staff, we put pressure on ourselves to be successful, that’s it. We will prepare them the way that we know how and the way that it has worked for us. Our goal is to field a competitive and disciplined team each week and let the chips fall where they may.
This is the first installment of our “Getting to Know” series. In the series, we will take a closer look at people in the county who make impacts int he world of sports. If you are interested in being featured in the series, email sports editor Luke Strickland at firstname.lastname@example.org.