His story: Three weeks ago, when Everman starting quarterback Reggie Kincaid was injured, Michael Boone Jr., a sophomore, was moved up from the JV to take over as the varsity signal caller. Boone’s dad, Michael Boone, Sr., is the quarterbacks coach, which creates an interesting dynamic.
Michael Boone, Jr. said: “I don’t try to separate it. I call him coach at practices. I merge it. Merging to me is that I can go and ask him any time on anything about practice that day or the game. I have him as a resource I can use, but really I don’t try to separate it because I think it would be too difficult. I just have to remind myself that he’s trying to make me better — that he’s not picking on me because I’m his son.”
Coach Michael Boone, Sr., said: “It’s different, but it’s the same as all the other kids as far as school is concerned and in practice. I just try to monitor myself and make sure I turn it off at home and avoid as much overlap from coach to dad as I can. My main concern is making sure I find some separation from being coach and being dad. With Coach Keeling having had the same experience, I’ve got somebody on it I can go to and get good advice.
Coach Dale Keeling said: “Michael [Junior] has been with us since he’s been in grade school. He was a ball boy and I’ve known him since he was tiny. It’s kind of strange seeing him out there in a varsity uniform since we’ve known him since he was a baby. He’s a sophomore now and he’s been around us and knows our system and knows our program, so it’s a good fit. … I told Coach Boone it’s the worst situation in the world because I’m a coach’s son myself and I was a quarterback and my dad coached me. It is an awful thing to have to go through most of the time because they expect so much out of you and Coach Boone is the same way. He expects so much out of his players and moreso out of his son, so it’s a really tough thing to have to go through as a dad and a son. I don’t envy him at all.”
His goal: Michael’s dream is to attend the University of Texas at Austin and he would love to play for the Longhorns.
Interesting note: Boone, Jr., has run track since he was seven years old and has competed at the Junior Olympic level in the 400-meters, high jump and shot put. He also played on Everman’s varsity soccer team last year as a freshman.
Michael Boone Jr., above, was thrust into the role as Everman’s starting quarterback when starter Reggie Kincaid was injured.
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