Coaches’ Corner - Park City’s head football coach Mark Rathbun talks sports culture

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by GARRETT HARR
outlook staff writer
Mark Rathbun

The Laurel Outlook recently spoke to Park City High School head football coach and girls’ basketball assistant coach Mark Rathbun on sports culture, family and listening to cassette tapes.
Mark Rathbun was born and raised in Glendive, Mont. He graduated high school from Dawson County High School. The coach then attended college in Jamestown, ND, now the University of Jamestown, where he received a Bachelor of Arts. Then Rathbun attended the University of South Dakota for his Master of Arts. He is married to Mary and they have two children, Mason and Marisa.
1. What is the favorite part of your job? “Getting to know the student athletes, and seeing the student athletes have success while working together for a common goal.”
2. What sports did you play growing up? “I played numerous sports, but baseball and football were my main sports.”
3. Was there ever a coach while you were growing up that helped you? And have you been able to return the favor as a coach yourself? “I had some great coaches growing up, including my dad that helped me in many ways. I hope that I have been able to make a positive impact upon those that I have coached.”
4. What was your favorite part of this season? “I enjoyed all of it from start to finish!”
5. How do you deal with the dynamics of so many different personalities on the same team? “We really concentrated on trying to be great teammates and worked together for a common goal. It takes us all, from the tall to the small.”
6. What do you think your team’s greatest strengths were this season? “The senior leadership and the development of a great team bond.”
7. Why did you choose to coach this team? “I felt that I could help the team improve and I enjoy the camaraderie I developed with the players and other coaches.”
8. What coaches, teachers or other people in your life have influenced you the most and why or how? “I think that all the coaches, teachers and people that I have come in contact with have all influenced me in one way or another to help me become the person that I am now.”
9. Who is your greatest role model as a person or as a coach? “I wouldn’t say that I have one in particular. I try to take positive qualities of many people and apply them to help make myself a better person in these areas.”
10. In your opinion what is the one thing a team must have to have a successful season? “A positive culture promoting the team.”
11. What are three things you hope your players will have learned form you after they graduate high school? “Hard work pays off, teamwork and well done is better than well said.”
12. What are your hopes and aspirations for next season? “I hope to continue what we have started this year and build upon our successes to play bonus football again next season.”
13. What is the best advice you’ve been given? “Don’t go to bed angry.”
14. What is the last movie you saw? “‘McFarland USA.’”
15. What is on your bookshelf? “Jon Gordon books, “You win in the Locker Room First,” “The Hard Hat,” “The Energy Bus,” “Unbroken,” “American Sniper,” Sherry Winn books, and “Heart of a Student Athlete,” by Karl Mecklenburg.’”
16. What quote do you live by? “You are your own weather person; you get to decide what kind of day you are having.”
17. What is the one thing people would be surprised to know about you? “I had a pretty awesome mullet back in the day.”
18. If you were trapped in the high school for three years during a 1,095 day blizzard of the century what are the three items you would have to have with you? “Food, heat source, family.”
19. What is the last song you downloaded? “Download? I still use cassette tapes. Occasionally I use Amazon Prime or Pandora playlists.”
20. Describe the strangest thing that has ever happened to you? “How I was interviewed and hired at Park City without applying initially for a job there, as I had interviewed at other schools. The superintendents visited and one asked if another knew of someone that would be good for the position they were trying to fill. They shared my name and I received a phone call at work one Friday and interviewed on Monday, and was offered a position shortly after that.”

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