A Program that keeps growing

Written by Michelle Cooper

We sat down with Granbury Highschool Head Football Coach to check in with him since his last article in Lake Granbury Living Magazine in 2016. 

Coach Chad Zschiesche is starting his fifth year as the Granbury Pirate’s head football coach. Five years ago, he and his family did not know what to expect moving to Granbury. This was their fourth school. Six months after the move, their family could not have imagined moving any other place. Five years later, they have made Granbury and the community their home. Zschiesche said, “My family and my coaching staff love this community. We love that we are a large 5A school in a small, close-knit community. Without the community, Granbury High School football would not be the same.”

Since the initial article, the football program has grown. Coach Zschiesche expressed how he and his staff have enjoyed watching the program come to life over the years and have athletes show up day after day. Coaches no longer have to keep players accountable, players are keeping other players accountable. This is an excellent indicator of a successful program. One of the most important aspects to Zschiesche is that his former players are now productive citizens in their respective communities, serving in the military, or furthering their education. He doesn’t do it for the wins or the games; he does it to impact athletes’ lives in hopes that one day they can look back and realize that they grew as a person through the Granbury High School football program. 

We asked coach Zschiesche how the team has been since COVID-19 and the prolonged break this past spring, and he expressed that it actually brought the team together. They were excited to workout together even if there are new adaptations that they have to make. Due to COVID-19, there is a fifty percent capacity limit while working out indoors. All athletes have to wear face coverings when not working out, each athlete has to bring their own water bottle, and coaches have to wear face coverings at all times and disinfect all equipment between each use. These new rules have not slowed the team down. As for the 2020 season, UIL is allowing GHS to play their normal season and allowing the athletes, who choose to participate, the chance to play. 

We want to thank Coach Chad Zschiesche for sitting down with us. We wish him and his team of coaches and players the best of luck this season! Go, Pirates!