'Forever Strong' coach speaks at BYU-I fireside

When the producers from Hollywood told Larry Gelwix they wanted to make a movie about him called "Forever Strong" he told them, "You know I'm not Saint Gelwix. I don't walk on water. I am who I am," said the rugby coach from Highland High School in Salt Lake City in a fireside at Brigham Young University–Idaho on Wednesday, June 23.

"I was flattered," said Gelwix. "But as I thought about this, I decided this team is not about me. Life is not about me. So I told them to make it about the boys…. After all, we've had 404 wins and 10 loses in the past 35 years with over 230 boys, five teams and 15 coaches."

Gelwix said he is often asked how his team has been so successful throughout the years. He said he has four "championship strategies that guarantee success." And the reason why they are successful, he said, is because they are founded upon the teachings of Jesus Christ.

1. Choose what team you're going to play for

What are the chances, asked Gelwix, that former BYU quarterback Max Hall enters the huddle after a long, hard game and tells his teammates he's going to deliberately fumble the ball to help the other team out?

"I'd say somewhere between zero and never," said Gelwix. "This thought is so far fetched and ridiculous in football and yet it's exactly what you and I sometimes do in life."

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