Cliff Gardner

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Why (some of) my students love me!

Today I had the following conversation with Akbar, one of my students at Pacific:

Akbar: I’m really glad you’re our coach, Thomas, even though you’re kind of an asshole sometimes. See, I really wouldn’t want someone who would hold my hand and be really nice all the time—that’s not what I or anyone else on the team needs. We need someone to be honest with us about our speeches and tell us how to make them bet—

Me: --I know what you mean, Akbar. You just need someone to tell you the truth.

Akbar: Exactl—

Me: --The horrible, awful truth.


  • I think that one of your best coaching strategies was the blue ribbon campaign, made out of painter's tape, to remember the lost and forgotten words that are missing from students' speeches. That was a great campaign - both days of it.

    By Blogger magic, and with love from Sam,, at 10:30 PM  

  • i agree t-mac. i'm really glad you're our coach. i would hate if our coach was a really nice guy. i mean, it's really a good thing for our team that you're a royal asshole.

    By Blogger Ashley, at 9:44 AM  

  • I think that Pacific was the surprise of the year for kickass-ness. I think you and Sam work really well together. Rock on.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:09 AM  

  • The National Center for Missing and Exploited Words on March 1, 2006 said, "People are just as responsible for saying words as others are for listening to them".

    Ever think my missing words campaign was to see if you were listening? Yeah, me either.

    By Anonymous Tiff, at 11:52 AM  

  • Thomas, you're awesome. Hilariously awesome. I envy Pacific. =)

    P.S. Blogger site = pretty cool.

    P.P.S. Next time you see Sam Mathias, let him know that the LC team thought his Tie Contest comments were to die for. =D That one will go down in history as one of the greatest quotes of all time.

    -- Cassie

    By Blogger Cassie, at 4:27 PM  

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