Retired United States Air Force Academy head football coach Fisher DeBerry was the guest speaker for this week’s meeting of the Orangeburg Touchdown Club in Orangeburg, South Carolina. During his speech he talked about the importance of character and charity, saying he had only one rule for his players, which was to “do what’s right.”
“If we do right, then by gosh, we’ll be alright,” he said.
DeBerry coached at Air Force for 23 years and led the Falcons to three Western Athletic Conference championships in 1985, 1995 and 1998. During those years he earned WAC Coach of the Year honors and also earned National Coach of the Year honors in 1985.
Throughout his career as a collegiate head coach he led his team’s to 169 victories, but after all is said in done he believes that it is not the wins that taught his players about life, it’s the lessons they learned along the way through fighting through adversity and maintaining their focus and determination to succeed by doing things the right way.
“The game of football is the best teacher of life’s lessons and the greatest compliment I could ever receive is to be called ‘Coach'”.
Since his retirement he has remained around the game of football, founding the annual South Carolina Coaches for Charity event. He also plays an active role in the Medal of Honor Bowl held at The Citadel’s Johnson Hagood Stadium in Charleston, which is a premier all-star matchup featuring some of the nation’s top draft-eligible college football players. The game also benefits the Wounded Warrior Project and the Congressional Medal of HOnor Museum.
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