He was encouraging, pushing, striving for the players to give it their absolute best.
It was no different than what Callaway head coach Pete Wiggins does every time he’s on the practice field, except this time the players weren’t in high school, and they weren’t getting ready for a Friday-night showdown.
On Wednesday morning, Wiggins, his assistant coaches, and a handful of his players were on the practice field at Callaway High for the fifth Pete Wiggins football camp.
Dozens of young players from the ages of 8 to 14 came out for the one-day camp that lasted three hours.
The campers went from station to station as Wiggins and the other coaches led them through a number of drills.
“It’s always a great day,” Wiggins said. “It was great to see so many (campers) out here.”
When the final drill was completed at about 11:50 a.m., there was still 10 minutes remaining before the end of the camp.
Rather than end things early, the players divided into different teams and played a game.
They kept going until the whistle blew at noon, signifying the end of the camp.
“We went right until noon,” Wiggins said. “We want to give the parents their money’s worth.”
Members of Wiggins’ coaching staff were on hand to lend their expertise, and they worked with the campers on just about every aspect of the game.
The campers learned how to properly carry the football, the right way to get off the line of scrimmage if you’re a defensive lineman, and even how to punt the ball.
It was an all-encompassing three hours, and Wiggins was happy to have the support of his coaches.
“I really appreciate our coaches coming out here today,” Wiggins said. “I know they enjoyed it.”
One of those coaches, defensive coordinator Dusty Hubbard, said the idea was to keep the young players on the go.
“You have to keep them busy,” Hubbard said. “You want them to get their money’s worth.”
Wiggins also had plenty of help from his players, and seeing them interact with the campers is a joy for him.
“What I really enjoy is seeing our players our here, our juniors and seniors,” Wiggins said. “They do such a great job. I know it means a lot to (the campers) to have them out here.”
Another thing that made the day so special for Wiggins was seeing some of the children of the coaches participating in the camp.
“It was great to see so many of the coach’s kids out there,” Wiggins said. “It’s a family out here.”