It is more than just for the love of football; it is about making a difference in young people's lives for Pat Montgomery. As the head coach for Boys Latin Charter School, Montgomery loves being able to spend time on the sidelines and in the weight room, but it is the kids who really make his job worthwhile.
"We're lucky. We have really good kids, kids that work hard and know they want to do the right things to better themselves," Montgomery said. "They have locked into what our values are. They have really embraced what we're trying to do as a team, as a school, and as a program."
Every week, Montgomery and his team have the same mantra, "1-and-0." The Warriors focus on pushing forward because there is no time to dwell on past plays and games.
"We take each week, week by week. We don't look ahead, and we don't look behind. We stay in the present moment," Montgomery explained. "We talk to the kids about it all the time, and they've really embraced it. That's what we have to do. It doesn't matter who we're playing. We keep moving forward."
After a sluggish start last Friday, Boys Latin found its rhythm and came out on top over West Philadelphia High School 28-8. Boys Latin is now 2-0 in conference play. Coach Montgomery is being honored as the Eagles High School Coach of the Week, presented by Hyundai.
"In my eyes, this honor has nothing to do with me. It's about our kids, our coaching staff, and our program. This is a testament to the work that they've all put in," Montgomery said. "I am very thankful to the Philadelphia Eagles for the honor and all of the support they have offered to our program."
A Temple University alum, Montgomery has dedicated his last 15 years to coaching in the Philadelphia School District. This is his third season as head coach for Boys Latin.
"I love the game. I love being around the game, and I've always been around the game," Montgomery added. "To me, there's no better feeling than knowing it's gameday. I'm always excited about it. That's why I coach."