So Ricky Albus is leaving. Packing up. Shifting on. When Martin Excessive College bid adieu to the varsity 12 months final month, so did Albus, strolling out with no intentions of returning. He did it like anybody else would after 25-plus years toiling away in the identical vocation – with some trepidation, some heartache, an assortment of fond recollections, eagerness, and a relatively bizarre sense of freedom, humility and gratification.
“Sure, sir,” he stated the opposite day, trying unperturbed, untroubled and undisturbed in a long-sleeved shirt, shorts, and extensive smile. “It’s time to go.”
Outdoors his personal internal circle, few may know who Albus is or what he has achieved, this inquisitive, wide-eyed boy from Johnson County who simply needed to depart no matter he touched just a little higher than how he discovered it.
Factor is, we by no means know the sort of legacy we’re going to go away as a result of now we have our variations, and life has its personal model.
When Albus arrived in Arlington in 1994 he was a soccer man, taking up Martin as head coach. He did that efficiently for years till Seguin opened and he signed on as the varsity’s head soccer coach and athletic director.
“The primary time I pulled as much as Seguin when it was nonetheless being constructed,” Albus stated, “I simply sat there and stated to myself, ‘Are you kidding me?’ I’m the top coach of this place? Like, critically? They’re about to pay me to show these youngsters soccer? Loopy.”
As soon as Albus’ personal youngsters enrolled at Martin he returned as an assistant soccer coach. That modified, too, over time, and shortly Albus was not the soccer man however the Out of doors Adventures teacher, in search of his subsequent factor.
It got here when one in every of his college students requested him about beginning an archery membership, and one other nudged him about it after which one other. Archery is a part of the Out of doors Adventures curriculum, a sort of elective bodily training course. As an avid hunter of white tail deer since his mid-20s, Albus knew his manner round a bow, and he thought an archery membership could be helpful.
But, “the toughest factor about archery is that a lot of the info has been primarily one-on-one as non-public instruction,” Albus says. “There’s actually nothing on the market that talks about instructing it to 80 youngsters at a time” … as a former soccer coach.
“After I coached soccer, I all the time approached it from what I referred to as a complete half methodology,” he says. “It’s the place I educate the complete idea as soon as in order that they get a common concept. Then I break it into its items till you get to your last product.”
In soccer, you put together every week for a brand new offense and completely different protection. In archery, it’s the identical goal on the identical distances.
“Golf and pitching in baseball are the one two sports activities I can give you which might be even remotely near the psychological problem concerned with archery,” Albus says. “It’s tremendously cerebral and psychological. It’s a target-related difficulty the place they’re so caught up into the tip results of making an attempt to hit a bull’s eye that the mind can kind of brief circuit and overlook the steps to be able to go from the taking pictures line to the bull’s eye.”
In time, Albus tailored, and the Martin membership thrived, profitable a state championship.
Higher but, Albus satisfied Arlington ISD to open archery to all six excessive colleges; practices are in their very own constructing, off Little Street. On the finish of this last Albus season, near 400 youngsters are concerned in AISD Archery, with every college having its personal squad – with Albus as coach. Martin, with its head begin and proximity to dwelling base, has had probably the most group success, however people from the opposite colleges have reached all-state standing and even competed nationally.
“It makes me really feel higher understanding that whoever sits on this seat subsequent 12 months may have some fairly good youngsters coming again,” he says.
Not that he’s utterly accomplished with archery. In retirement, he desires to foyer the College Interscholastic League about making archery an authorized sport. He additionally plans to put in writing a ebook on the right way to educate archery to the plenty.
So the legacy, the one he by no means actually envisioned, goes on.
“It’s all been wonderful,” Albus says. “Simply a tremendous profession for a dumb ole’ Johnson County child” who merely needed to depart no matter he touched higher than how he discovered it.