After almost two years since the team’s last interscholastic game and with several new faces on the squad this year, head football coach Jeff Moore wanted to make sure the team was close and its culture was strong from the very beginning this fall.
So Coach Moore invited Paul Mounds ’03 to visit a preseason practice on Saturday, August 28.
“We’ve got a great team loaded with talent, but the guys haven’t played in a game together in a long time. I felt this preseason it was more important to build strong bonds and team culture over focusing on our play right away, and that is why I had Paul speak to the team,” said Coach Moore.
Paul played football at Loomis Chaffee before heading to Trinity College, where he helped the Bantams win three New England Small College Athletic Conference championships. Trinity lost only one game in Paul’s four years on the team. Mounds is now the chief of staff for Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont.
Mounds came to practice on campus on Saturday, August 28, partly to help players and coaches with their skills, but more importantly he spent time talking to the team about his experiences on and off the Island, the importance of setting team goals, and the need for accountability to self and others. After the conversation, the team held a player-only meeting to decide the five pillars of their program. Based on what they had learned from Mounds, the players agreed their pillars would be “brotherhood, accountability, discipline, respect, and grit.”
“We’re so lucky and thankful to have Paul as an alum of the school, and especially as an alum of the program,” Jeff said. “He has done incredible work for the state of Connecticut as a public servant, and we learned so much from him in a short amount of time today. Hopefully we can build off what we learned today and continue to strive to be better people and a better team.”