Carter says he began teaching his students these lessons because he strongly believes that a successful team should play well on the field and also have skills that extend beyond the field and their classrooms.
When it comes to life, a lot of people lack the kind of skills they need to make sure they are capable of taking care of themselves. So, a couple of football coaches at Athens High School in Alabama decided to take it upon themselves to teach the kids on the football team some life skills and decided to call it their 'Manly Monday' sessions. All this began when assistant coach Steve Carter learned that one of his sessions went viral on social media. Basically, Coach Carter teaches his team everything it takes to be a man, from changing tires to giving a firm handshake.
According to Fox News, coach Carter was surprised to have his former students call him. “I’m having former players from other schools calling me and texting me and different things … It’s wonderful. I didn’t even know it was going to blow up like this,” Carter said. Head coach Cody Gross took to Twitter to share Carter's unorthodox teaching methods. There are several videos of coach Carter trying to teach the students how to jumpstart and car and even change the oil.
In this week’s installment of Manly Monday, Coach Carter taught us how to magnetize a screwdriver. pic.twitter.com/gSIhYpVSm1— Cody Gross (@coachgross73) April 16, 2019
Carter said it was Gross who asked him to start these lessons. “We try to teach these kids about life. Cody Gross is our head coach and I’m always fixing stuff around the office and around the campus and he came to me one day and said, 'Let’s start teaching the kids how to do some practical stuff' and I said, 'That’d be a great idea.'” He improvises his classes according to the situation. Ahead of Mother's day, he taught his class how to make some basic jewelry.
This week for Manly Monday we talked about how to treat women & Coach Carter actually made a piece of jewelry. Players drew out of a hat & the lucky player won the jewelry for his mom. #MothersDay pic.twitter.com/XUBnEA4LQ2— Cody Gross (@coachgross73) May 8, 2019
“We talked to them on how to love and respect your mother, girlfriend or wife and I make jewelry. You may look at a guy like me and think, 'man, he makes jewelry?' And I said, 'guys it’s not about making jewelry, it’s about doing something creative for the women you love in your life,'” he said. His classes have been appreciated by the students and netizens alike and can't stop raving about his efforts to teach his students some basic skills.
Manly Monday was bumped to Tuesday this week in order for us to be more efficient...gotta be able to adapt. Coach Carter taught us how to check oil & transmission fluid. Here is a glimpse of the lesson: pic.twitter.com/u2V7eLtYkL— Cody Gross (@coachgross73) April 23, 2019
"He's a good coach, he's a good man,” junior Kevin Jurado told WHNT. “I'm pretty sure everybody wishes they had a coach and someone like him in their family to be able to teach them those things and to show that he cares and he wants you to be successful in not only football and life." Jurado also said that during their weekly Manly Monday classes, they were taught how to cut PVC pipe and work with car jacks and screwdrivers.
“He teaches us things you might not think that you’ll need but it could come in handy,” Jurado said. Teammate Jacorey Harris, a sophomore, added, “I love it so much. It makes my week a lot better to come up here once during the week and learn something I never knew before." Carter says he began teaching his students these lessons because he strongly believes that a successful team should play well on the field and also have skills that extend beyond the field and their classrooms.
Manly Monday Edition 7: Using jumper cables. Part 1 pic.twitter.com/bOIdR44zWg— Cody Gross (@coachgross73) May 14, 2019
“We're here to try and grow them up and grow them into being a man and a woman and that's what we're here for,” Carter said. “That's my purpose in life. I think that's why I live and breathe is to spread the good news." People couldn't help showering praise on the coach. Anthony Morales took to Twitter to comment: Your on to something special here coach. Manley Monday, maybe a Financial Friday? Young men now needed guidance in all aspects of life from the classroom to the field and much more. Great stuff.
Manly Monday Week 8: Plugging a Tire pic.twitter.com/wYqQsT9Rcx— Cody Gross (@coachgross73) May 20, 2019
Maada Smith added: Love it. If a guy with gray hair and a Southern accent is trying to teach you something LISTEN TO HIM. Todd Lowery said: I had the privilege of having Coach Carter as my DC and he is THE MAN! Incredible DC, and Incredible Man of God! You are blessed to have him. Also, it seems his classes were helping people who already knew how to change a tire, as Ash said: I already know how to change a tire but he just taught me new information about putting my flat underneath for extra support in case something happens.
As a grown man I'm learning from you...and I appreciate what you are teaching these young men. Thank you.— Gordie Tamayo (@Gordie_Tamayo) May 20, 2019
If your coaching and it’s always and only about football then your definitely not doing it right !!!!!!! Awesome Coach / Mentor / father figure / Role Model !!!!!!!!!!— Bald_Coach_K (@coach_bald) May 21, 2019