“If you walk and play the game of life long enough there will be good days and bad days, COC Football Coach Garett Tujague said. ” “I try to teach to my players that every single day of life is a football game to me.”
Tujague has been coaching at COC for 15 years and went on to say,”Lunch is halftime,” Tujague said from his office, At halftime coaches evaluate how the first half of the day has gone and then at halftime you make adjustments to finish the game strong.”
This father of three was born in San Diego.
His last name is pronounced a bunch of different ways, with original roots in France but the name has been Americanized.
He has lived in Japan, San Diego, Thousand Oaks and Pleaston, CA
“I have always loved sports,” Tujague said. “I was constantly going from one sporting event to another.
I played all different types of sports in my youth.”
He played football, baseball, wrestled and ran track.
Its football that tugs at Tujague’s heart the most.
“I love the discipline in the game and the comradery,” Tujague said.
Football is a sport that breaks one down physically and mentally. It’s that aspect of the sport that intrigues Tujague.
He sees it as great release to exert his will into another human being.
He was born into a sports family. His dad was a football player, his mom played tennis and he and his two brothers played football in college on scholarships.
It should be no shocker that his kids have the sporting bug in them.
He has two daughters and a son. His oldest daughter plays soccer, his middle daughter does competitive cheers and jumps horses, and his seven year old son plays football.
Tujague is not worried that his son gets a few bumps and bruises in the game.
“He gets bruises but that is how the path of life is,” Tujague said. “He gets right back up.”
Although he never played professionally, Tujague is right where he is supposed to be.
“My favorite part about being coach is the ability to make a difference,” Tujague said.
“The impact that we us as coaches make on a player is huge.”
And that is why he hates it when a player does not reach his full potential. It frustrates him when a player does not meet his full potential.
“When my will for them to be successful is greater than theirs,” he said.