Wylie receives Admiral U.S. Grant Sharp Trophy
Dec. 26, 2011Photo Gallery
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – At the Navy & Marine Corps Luncheon on the USS Boxer Monday, Texas Strength and Conditioning Head Coach for Football Bennie Wylie was awarded the Admiral U.S. Grant Sharp Trophy.
“It is an honor to have everyone on this team vote for me for this award,” said Wylie. “For the team to think that highly of the work that we do is an honor. It is probably the highest award I have been given along with my Eagle Scout. To have the team honor me in that way was awesome.”
The criteria of the award is, "A person who, in the opinion of the players, best exemplifies the spirit and unselfish dedication and teamwork which resulted in little recognition or acclaim for himself/herself, but contributed significantly to an outstanding 2011 season for his/her team."
Wylie also appreciated the opportunity to spend time with members of the U.S. military stationed on the USS Boxer and at the San Diego Naval Base. The luncheon and visit were particularly special to Wylie because of his two brothers who have served in the military.
“It was great to see our service men and women,” said Wylie. “We can do what we do and go out every day not having to worry about safety issues because the men and women on this ship are going out and fighting for us every day. It is very humbling and has always been that way for me. I have always felt safe because my brothers are in the military and have been out there fighting for me and my family.”
In his first season with the Longhorns, Wylie has been active in the development of the players since coming to Austin in January. He came to Texas from Tennessee where he spent one season after serving in the same position for seven seasons at Texas Tech.
“The work ethic, refusing to lose, fighting and scrapping and being a four-quarter football team are all things we strive for,” said Wylie. “Most games are won or lost in the fourth quarter so to see the guys learn to fight and compete in order for us to win is good to see. We are getting back on our championship run, so it is good to see the players pick up on our tempo as we train hard and train fast. There are a ton of sets and reps that go into what we do and guys adapting to that has been good to see.”