J-Hawks head football coach George Warburton sits down one last time this season to discuss the Friday Night Lights

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By GARRETT HARR
outlook staff writer
George Warburton

The Laurel Outlook recently spoke to Joliet High School head football coach George Warburton on football, family and his previously undiagnosed Musophobia.   

Warburton has been teaching Health Enhancement at Joliet High School and coaching the Joliet football team since 2008. Warburton attended and graduated Rocky Mountain College. He enjoys spending time with his wife Stacey and two kids Savana and Jax.  He is an avid hunter, fisherperson and hiker in Big Sky country.   

1. What is the favorite part of your job? “Being around students and young athletes and watching their progress in sports, in the classroom and weight room.”   

2. What sports did you play growing up? “I pretty much played them all. Football, basketball, baseball and track. I even did some taekwondo for four years as a young kid.”

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?  “Absolutely! Coach Tony Arnston, my head football coach at Helena High helped shape the coach and person I am today. His leadership on the field and in the community always stuck with me and to this day I try to emulate him in those ways.”  

4. What are you looking forward to this season? “Watching us improve. These boys really pride themselves on progress. They are never satisfied and are constantly asking what they need to do to get better.”  

6. What do you think your team’s greatest strengths are this season? “Our greatest strengths this season were our senior leadership and our overall camaraderie. Our boys play for each other and not themselves. On the field we relied heavily on our speed and toughness.”     

7. Why did you choose to coach this team? “Having taught and coached these boys before I knew what I was getting myself into. And that was hardworking and coachable student athletes.”  

8. What coaches, teachers, or other people in your life have influenced you the most and why or how? “There have been tons, but if I had to choose I would have to say my high school coaches Steve Keller and Tony Arnston. Those two coaches have different coaching styles but what they had in common was getting every ounce of effort out of their players. They demanded full effort every play!” 

9. Who is your greatest role model as a person or as a coach? “Walter Payton. He lived his life the way he played football and that was from snap to whistle.”  

10. In your opinion what is the one thing a team must have to have a successful season? “Speed and size never hurt, but the most important piece would have to be for a team to be full of we’s and not me’s. Players that put the team first will have more success. The sooner a team realizes that the more successful they will be.” 

11. What are three things you hope your players will have learned from you after they graduate high school? “How to battle adversity, because effort always matters. Accountability and the ability to show up on time. And to take responsibility for your own actions.”

13. What is the best advice you’ve been given? “Practice the way you play.”

14. What is the last movie you saw? “‘Jurassic World’ with my son Jax for the 100th time. ‘The Revenant’ was also one I watched recently.” 

15. What is on your bookshelf? “The Craig Johnson series, “Longmire.’”

16. What quote do you live by? “Never die easy. Why run out of bounds and die easy? Make that linebacker pay. It carries into all facets of your life. It’s okay to lose, to die, but don’t die without trying, without giving it your best.” Walter Payton.

17. What is the one thing people would be surprised to know about you? “I hate mice and have been known to scream like a girl when I see one.”

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, my family and Netflix”

19. What is the last song you downloaded? “My wife does all of that, I still prefer my 90’s music.”

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