Valliant’s Teryn Endsley – Athlete Spotlight Presented by Pine Cellular

By Nick Hampton

Change is certainly nothing new to Valliant senior Teryn Endsley. As the 2019 season approaches, Endsley will welcome the third different head coach in his four years as a Bulldog. And while the last two seasons have been moderately successful with Valliant making the first round of the playoffs, Endsley feels new coach Chuck Taylor can help them go farther.

“I think coach Taylor brings a lot of energy to the program and really pushes us to be our best,” said Endsley.

Competitive sports have always been a part of Teryn’s life and have helped him get ready for his senior season.

“My family is very sports-oriented and so I was kind of pushed to play and helped by my family”, said the National Honor Society member who also is part of the Bulldog baseball team and has gotten into power lifting which he feels has helped him improve his football ability. “It’s really helped build up my strength and helps me be successful against bigger guys.”

Endsley will be just be just one of a handful of seniors on the Bulldog squad this year and with several freshmen expected to be on the field, he realizes that his leadership ability will be an important part of how Valliant fares this season.

“I think the biggest thing about leadership is motivation and picking my teammates up and really impressing on the freshmen about keeping their heads up and staying focused. I look at someone like Tom Brady as the kind of leader I’d like to be.”

His new coach is already high on the kind of leader he has shown himself to be.

“He’s been here every day for summer pride and he’ll take it on himself to pick guys up who need a ride or call and find out why they weren’t here for our workout. He’s the kind of senior that will help make this coaching transition a little easier,” said Taylor.

In addition to adjusting to a new coach, Endsley will also be adjusting to a new position as Taylor expects to move him from center to a guard spot.

“I’d like to take advantage of his talent and get him in a position where he can pull out and help us down the field more,” said Taylor.

Though he takes advanced classes and even some college courses, Teryn Endlsey is still just a country boy at heart who likes to hunt and fish in his spare time and even though the Bulldogs are short on returning experience this year, he takes the optimistic approach to the upcoming season.

“I think we can be pretty good. I think we’ll be a different Valliant team that can put up some big points and stop people on defense.”