In Case You Missed It: Undefeated’s Bill Courtney

“Let’s see here. Starting right guard shot, no longer in school. Starting middle linebacker shot, no longer in school. Two players fightin’ right in front of the coach. Starting center arrested. Most coaches, that would be pretty much a career’s worth of crap to deal with. I think that sums up the last two weeks for me.”

With that, the movie Undefeated launches viewers into the story of the Manassas Tigers, a high school football team in inner city Memphis. The speaker is Bill Courtney, head coach at Manassas for several seasons, the last of which was chronicled in the film. If you’ve seen it, you already know Undefeated is a compelling film—it went on to win last year’s Academy Award for a documentary feature and was certainly a hit at Columbia’s own True/False Film Fest. And along with a handful of Mannassas players and other coaches, Bill is a big reason why.  

Bill is just as engaging in person as he is in the film, and he was kind enough to visit The Crossing a couple of weeks ago to talk about his experiences and offer a few thoughts on leadership and being involved in the lives of others. In case you missed it, here it is:

And here’s a trailer for Undefeated (which will likely be available to rent/own in the not to distant future). Needless to say, I highly recommend it.

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