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U.S. Grant coach Dan Burgess plays many roles for his team

The Generals finished last season 1-9 and winless in their district. Third-year coach Dan Burgess is trying to break that streak.
BY STEPHANIE KUZYDYM Published: August 30, 2013
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For the last nine years, U.S. Grant has won only one game each football season.

Third-year coach Dan Burgess is trying to break that streak.

The Generals finished last season winless in their district. The team also went scoreless in eight games, including a 70-0 loss to Lawton Eisenhower.

Burgess doesn't focus on any of that. Instead, he focuses on small advances in football and in life.

Q: How do you handle a team that went 1-9 last season? Carefully? How do you go about building the next year?

A: That's a really good question. It's one of the things myself and my staff handle daily. We go through school talking to kids that look like they might be athletes and are good kids and pretty good students. We try to get them involved. Once they get involved and are on board with everything, we try to go from there with it.

After last season, do you change anything with the way your staff coaches?

We've changed a little bit of our philosophy on defense. The offensive philosophy has changed from spread team to more I-formation for more ball control and more option game.

What do you do to keep the team from not being discouraged?

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