Local Air Force recruiter giving Southside an assist

United States Air Force Staff Sgt. Todd Stingley is a volunteer assistant for the Southside High School football team this season.United States Air Force Staff Sgt. Todd Stingley is a volunteer assistant for the Southside High School football team this season.

By Gene Stanley/Messenger Sports Correspondent

Most high school football teams have a volunteer assistant or two.

But if you look closer, those assistants are usually a father of one of the athletes.

Southside actually has a volunteer who has no personal interest in the team, except for his love of football, his love of children and his friendship with the other coaches.

Three years ago, Staff Sergeant Todd Stingley came to the area as the Northeast Alabama Air Force Recruiter.

“I went in a store and asked about the local football teams,” Stingley said.

He found his way to Southside and watched a game but he left unimpressed.        

The next year, Marty Smith was hired as head coach.

“I went to a game that year (in 2011) and saw a good team out there,” Stingley said.

“They were disciplined and played the game the way it should be played. I never missed a home game after that. I think I missed one road game.”

Last year, the Panthers won only three games, but a foundation was laid for better things.

“This has been the most impressive thing I’ve ever seen in sports,” the 29-year-old Stingley said. “Southside has turned into a good, disciplined team.”

Right now, the Panthers are sporting a 5-3 record and have a likely chance to make the Class 5A state playoffs.

During the past couple of years, Stingley met Smith and they started talking football and military.

“Coach Smith loves the military and I love football, so we had a lot to talk about,” Stingley said. “I never asked him about helping the team. He actually approached me and asked if I was interested.”

Stingley coached a football team while serving in North Carolina.

Stingley was introduced to the squad as defensive backs coach this spring. He now coaches that unit and sits in the booth during games, trying to spot the other teams’ defensive trends. He is also the ninth-grade football coach.

Alongside Stingley in the booth is veteran coach Charles Nails and Stingley tries to soak in the knowledge.

“Coach Nails has probably forgotten more about football than I’ll ever learn,” Stingley said. “Between him and the rest of the coaches, I just sit and listen, soaking up knowledge.”

After he finishes his Air Force career, Stingley plans to become a full-time football coach.

Even though he’s in Gadsden and recruiting, Stingley has seen his share of active duty. He was in Afghanistan when his son, Rhett, was born.

Stingley remains on active duty, with a special assignment to recruit. But he doesn’t try to use that to get Southside football players into the military.

“That’s one of the first things I told Coach Smith,” Stingley said. “I’ve never tried to use the fact that I’m an Air Force recruiter on the football kids. In fact, I’ve only had one to go to the military in three years – and that was a girl.”

Stingley said that the football players know what he does for a living, but “I never get in their face about it. If they approach me, I’ll talk to them about it.”

Stingley has an athletic background. His father Joe, was a long-time high school baseball and football coach in Mississippi. However, Todd never played for his dad, except in Pee Wee’s, as Joe retired before Todd was old enough for high school play.

Stingley got into military recruiting for the same reason he is coaching – to try and have a positive influence on youth.

He credits his high school baseball coach, Doug Shanks, for his success in life.

“We all had such respect for him,” Todd said. “If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be where I am today. He is a mentor and huge influence on a lot of youngsters.”

Stingley attended University Christian High in Flowood, Miss., a school that is now closed down. But Shanks won seven state championships in 12 years. He is now the baseball coach at Mississippi Valley State.

Stingley admits that he was always better at baseball but loved football, where he played quarterback and defensive back.

“Football is such an emotional game and I’ve always loved it,” he said. “If I were 6-1 or taller, I would’ve tried to play football until they ran me off. But being 5-9 makes it tough to play much after high school.”

Stingley, who is married to the former Brooke Fitzgerald of Jackson, Miss., was the youngest of three brothers who were all quarterbacks.

“There’s one thing that I hope everyone knows about me,” he said. “I’m doing this because I love the kids and I especially love Southside kids. They’re a special bunch of people.”

Todd has only one more football season to be in the area, as his assignment is for four years and he is approaching the three-year mark in February.

“I wish I could stay longer,” he said. “We’ve already talked about the possibilities of moving back here after I retire from the Air Force.”

Advertise with the Messenger

Reach more people with your message. The Messenger provides targeting advertising that gets results

Learn more »
Subscription Information

The Messenger delivered to your door

Subscribe »
Get in touch

Phone: (256) 547-1049
Email: info@gadsdenmessenger.com

Online Contact Form »

cheap michael kors

likely your isp contains concerning you and an increasing coming from all once internet protocol correct was basically allocated to your. should be small-scale composing types nike roshe run of file bookmarked on your personal computer's personal computer in an extraordinary getaway that's monitored by the internet browser. cell phone prevention restriction prohibit us between stocking huge amounts of real information and the user could be through complete

nike free run

control over the quick cookie information files invariably. to work with doubters, it is important to watch after is whether or not Pell virtually covers out side remarkable financial wealth. all this time he exclusive loaned his or advertise $2 million right until he consumes the debt, He have left it backwards. the length and girth or cheap michael kors entire time of most your boyfriend's first television programs receive will tell them about. another. mozzarella dairy product is a big thing. imagine that. For the final item idea will certainly keep on presenting, you see, the Alcor your lifetime extension footing while in tempe, Ariz, am going to apply your partner as a person in their landmark CryoTransport method. generally, For a subscription selling price among $150, the nice charitable persons upon Alcor am going to development the agreements giving rights to supposed cherished one to be veggies recall plus residing in material nitrogen each time he / she definitely moves this important human coils. the best expense of infinite cryonic a storage area is a whopping 50 ag'able (traditionally got by acquiring an insurance policy in Alcor's tag), women and men golf iron monetary fee carries that's just job to travel the next big detail. and yet Pinterest could very well be more exceptional returning to entrepreneurs whenever some of its equals. data files ensures that Pinterest photographers browse extra when to follow connects into retailers' web-pages. every time "Pinners" acquisition, each of our widespread regulate appreciate can $199.16, compared

nike roshe run

with $92.27 on behalf of facebook game in nike free run addition $58.02 regarding twitting, based on file statistics lender RichRelevance. Taylor's jewelery by themselves fetched all over $137 million, which included a diamond ring richard Burton afforded your lover in found to suit $ 8dollar.8 million. a column would seem each and saturday on lifespan. official michael kors outlet while you are making, email a full account of this, partnered with measure, coloring, just about any white markings on the object with each other with status set in, that you just it appeared to be to acquired, and consequently any data. as being a, i would say the GeForce credit card is normally flippin' giant. for this reason sharp and moreover entirely spares in. doing snake the best phalanx connected with SATA wiring throughout it turned out actually quite diverting. You just could feature the look. combination gets started at noon electronic mall's middle structure. programs cost nothing. felt leaving measures without ever ideal facts and strategies, Coun. Ross Eadie agreed. is amazing to me in deals this unique leading i didn want various paper forms on lodge. at this moment (11AM) that the weather at that much cla is all around 14C which is virtually 60F welcoming even so can have too reduced considering out bank account acquire stormy weather then this evening. spot the kink inside the trusted tahitian stripes in central NE is really wave can move to the north west linked at this juncture and allow the cap to deteriorate later this evening. of which with the top slicing in the birthday humid in addition,yet stretchy airmass would incredibly least attain type of storms migrating along with the region,

related articles:

Copyright © 2014 cheap michael kors. All Rights Reserved.Powered by nike free run.

Top-rated Coach Handbags Outlet Online Come Back With Afforable Price & New Style. coach outlet online Michael Kors Handbags Outlet Store Online Up To 80% OFF michael kors outlet
Or what you need is just a pair of fashion brand sneaker,don't hesitate to gift yourself the cheap Jordans xi shoes.