Shelton notches 100th victory as head coach

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Kaitlin Obermeyer

Success is often measured by the milestones reached during one’s tenure.  We tend to look at the numbers in order to evaluate the significance that the individual had on the success of a program and their dedication to their work. 

Mr. Farrell Shelton, head football coach, found himself in the ranks of the greatest head coaches in Eureka history, Oct. 14.  It was only fitting that a 63-6 pounding of the Northwest Lions propelled Shelton to this historical mark.  The true measure of his coaching excellence is undoubtedly his close relationship with his players.

“I’ve been blessed to have the opportunity to coach such great players over all my years.  It’s really all about them and not me.  It’s a great honor to be a part of such an excellent program,” Shelton said.

While Shelton believes that he is the one blessed, other players and coaches feel even more blessed to have such a great coach.

“It was great to go out and win one like that for coach,” Tommy Ercoli, lineman, said.  “We knew how big of a game this was for him so we put it all out on the line.”

 During Shelton’s eleven-year tenure he has posted a record of 100-28, won six conference titles, six district championships and made a state championship appearance.  It’s not just the numbers that prove his success as a head coach. His demeanor and attitude on the field is inspiring to not only his team but to all watching. 

“There isn’t a guy who loves the game any more than coach,” Ercoli said.  “His passion for coaching and winning is what drives us day in and day out to give maximum effort.”

The legacy of Coach Shelton will not only be recognized by those on the field but his dedication to being a good person will have a lasting impact on the community.  Every year he dedicates one game in October as a pink out in order to support the awareness of breast cancer.  He also makes regular visits to Children’s Hospitals and created a reading program at local elementary schools. 

“During his tenure, Eureka High’s football program has prospered both on and off the field,” Jason Green, Athletic Director, said.

Currently the team is in prime position to take yet another district title and has a chance at another conference title as well.  The team will be relying on Shelton to do what he does every day, inspire others to be the best they can be.