Many people know Mr. Wesley Choate, either as a coach, a teacher, or as a colleague. But has anyone really taken the time to get to know him, to discover why he decided to work and coach here at SBHS and what he hopes to get out of it? Here is the chance to get to know our football coach a little better.
Mr. Choate’s own high school coaches influenced his decision to be come a teacher and a football coach himself. Choate said they helped him stay out of trouble and want to go to college.
“I was the smartest and hardest worker out of all the dumb people in high school,” Choate said. “Now, I want to be able to do for other young men what was done for me,”
Mr. Choate loves football so much because, to him, it is like contact chess; it is a game that is both physically and mentally challenging. He enjoys working out both the body and the mind. With that in mind, Mr. Choate’s goal for the football team is for them to grow up and become mature, responsible men, and be a positive influence in our community.
Football provides his players with the structure they need to meet this goal. Many students “come from a single parent family where the parent is working all the time and students end up at home alone or hanging out with their grandparents,” Choate said. “Football gives them discipline and a driving force necessary to help them become a man, which a lot of guys need.”
Some people may not know that Choate graduated from multiple colleges. He attended Golden West College, a community college in Huntington Beach, received his bachelor’s degree from Cal State and his master’s degree from the University of Phoenix. He had been a substitute since 2005 and became a fully credentialed teacher in 2008.
Choate’s best memory so far at San Bernardino High School was actually during his first year working here. He helped two of his players receive scholarships to help them further their education. I then asked him if he would like to continue working in his position, and he said he would because he really likes it.
At the end of the interview, Choate was asked if there was anything that he would like to add or if there was something that people might find surprising about him. He said that he is afraid of spiders and snakes. He also said he “can make the best turkey sandwich this side of the Mississippi.”