Player diary: Doe enjoying his time with new John Paul teammates
John Paul II Catholic School rising junior Zack Doe is entering his first season with the Golden Warriors. A safety and running back, Doe projects to be one of the team’s top contributors. Here are his thoughts on getting ready for the season:
Football has always been my No. 1. I grew up around it — most of my family played high school and college levels.
My freshman year, it was my turn to play, to shine. I told myself, “OK Zack, it’s your time to shine. Your time to make your own story, and your time to impress.”
I realized I was letting my brother lead the way for me because of his athletic accomplishments.
I realized I write my own story athletically. I’m the one who’s supposed to lead my own way, create my own path by being a leader — not a follower. After my freshman football season ended, I decided to work hard from then on, non-stop, no matter what.
People say I’m so good at football that I can go D1. Every time I simply say, “Thanks,” because I know there’s always room for improvement.
I set myself some personal goals, give myself a reason to work hard. I’m still growing and I need to gain weight. I want to weigh at least 210 pounds this season.
Going into my junior season, I’m only five pounds away. I’m also working to improve my 40 (yard dash) time from 4.5 seconds to 4.4 or below.
I follow two hashtag mottos, #NoDaysOff and #GetYouSome.
I’m always in the weight room or doing something productive. I don’t like being lazy, so I find myself doing something to get better because I enjoy football. I keep my mindset on staying in shape and bulking up. Every time someone sees me, I want them to notice something different about me.
I really enjoy playing football at John Paul II. The first day of summer practice was so welcoming. I enjoyed everything we did, aside from me dropping some passes.
But we have a young team, and I see a lot of potential in them. If we work hard and keep moving forward, there’s no limit to what we can accomplish. Our team has a lot of chemistry with one another.
The coaching staff is amazing. They’re always on us, making sure we’re doing the right thing and keeping our heads up.
Coach (Kevin) Wald is a good coach. It seems like he tires himself out doing things for us.
Once, he drove me all the way to Clemson and I really appreciated that from him. He’s so encouraging and a great role model. Coach Wald is building a championship culture here, preparing us to win and making sure we are all on the bus. Thanks to him we’re D.O.N.E: Dominating it, Owning it, Needing it, and Executing it.
I can’t wait until this football season starts. I know I’ll enjoy every bit of it with the rest of the JPII varsity football team.