Bulldogs News · North Dallas coaches building a community during summer workouts: ‘We’ve got community right here’

Coach Bobby Estes and fellow coaches discuss plans for the outdoor workouts on June 8.


During a break in a recent summer workout, North Dallas Coach Bobby Estes gathered the athletes together for a short talk. It was like a dad getting the family together for a  talk.

Coach Estes went over several points, and stressed the concept of being a family in our North Dallas High School community.

“I want these kids to work out with each other, sweat together, believe in one another, promote each other, protect one another,” Coach Estes said. “If they love one another, they’re going to support each other. That’s what we’re looking for.”

The plan is to build a community that starts now and carries over to the football season, he said.

“If you want to talk about building a community, we’ve got community right here. This is where the community is built,” Coach Estes said on the field along with Coach Antonio McGhee. “Coach McGhee will tell you there’s very little separation inside a locker room. When you’re inside a locker room, there’s a whole lot of love and a whole lot of support. If we can carry that from North Dallas athletics to West Village to crosstown, 20 years from now this place will be a better place.”

The summer workouts continue from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday through Thursday at the school.

“It’s never going to be perfect unless you know you have 100% of your team,” Coach Desireé Allen added. “It’s good, and it’s getting better, but we’re still calling and saying bring your friend. We’re trying to get everybody here because the bond you get when they’re all doing this in the summer makes it easier.

“Every school is different. Some schools have more because they have bigger programs, and some schools have a lot less. We got way more than some. I’m looking at the returners, and that’s a good thing. We’re seeing a lot of returners coming back.”

Coach Allen she remembers a former North Dallas coach telling her that he had only six kids at a summer workout. Last week, North Dallas had over 70 kids.

“It starts changing the culture when the kids buy in. It’s not so much us, it’s them together,” she said. “When they decide we want to do this together, that’s when it’s going to happen. And they are all pretty closely connected.”

The North Dallas coaches have done an amazing job maintaining social distancing and following precautions during this time of the coronavirus.




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