Team | Commitment | Discipline


I’ve mentioned before that I believe high school wrestlers have to be THE MOST Disciplined student-athletes in high school athletics.

In this vlog update, I was able to capture an example that justifies my belief.  The team was getting ready to go outside to the school track for some warm-up laps & some bleacher conditioning.

Along the way, I was stopped by different coaches, and/or other teachers for one reason or another. By the time I was able to make my way outside to the track, the wrestlers were almost done with their warm-up laps.  And, I had not given them instructions to begin.  It was the habit, the standard, the expectations that had been built over time.

I Make Them Do Their Warm-Up Laps as a Team

I have wrestlers that also run for the Track Team, & their warm-up pace would be a lot faster than other non-track student-athletes.  However, I tell them that they must jog their warm-up laps in single file, as a team, in lane-8.  After their warm-up laps, they do some light stretching as a Team, as well.  When they do their conditioning runs, they do them at their best pace, and encourage each other to push beyond perceived limits.


Every year, we begin the season with anywhere between 25 – 35 students who think they want to become wrestlers.  Every year, almost half quit before the end of the season. Wrestling is just one of those sports that will test your mental toughness.  You have to be willing to really grind and push yourself.

It is not always the physical part of training that leads to students quitting.  There have always been, and always will be, students that are very strong, have plenty of endurance, and are very athletic overall — that will still quit because they are mentally weak.  They are not committed to the process of becoming a wrestler.  They are not willing to put in the time, work, and effort.  Wrestling is not a sport for the mentally weak and/or fragile.


Then, there are students who will not quit on their own, but they always seem to have an excuse for not giving 100%, for not showing up to practice, for not showing up to meets, etc.  This does not mean that they are mentally stronger than the other students who quit, and/or were not committed to the process.  This means that they don’t have the discipline to push themselves, to test themselves, to be honest with themselves.

Whenever they think a coach is not watching, they’re cheating on push-ups, burpees, crunches, etc.  They walk instead of pushing themselves when out on the track, or running bleachers.  They roll over and quit during practice when live rolling.

Unfortunately, these are the students that end up having to be “cut” from the Team.  They don’t have the discipline, desire, & responsibility to be a Wrestler.

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Quick Q&A Session with Coach Pabon


In this second installment of my new vlog, I answer some common questions that my students and/or athletes ask me year after year.  Sometimes these questions will be very basic such as:

  • How old are you?
  • Are you married?
  • How many kids do you have?
  • etc.

At other times, the questions are more inquisitive such as:

  • If I join the military, which branch is better?
  • Why did you become a teacher?
  • Have you ever done any drugs?

Sometimes, the questions can be a little too inquisitive, & I find myself having to redirect questions such as:

  • How old were you when you lost your virginity?

Check out which questions I answered in this episode.

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Coach Pabon’s Youtube Vlog


I decided to start doing a VLOG just to capture different moments throughout the year.

As of right now, the plan is to upload a weekly VLOG.
As I get more comfortable in editing my videos, I may increase the frequency of my uploads.  We’ll see.

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Coach Pabon was a successful Cyber Threat/Intel Analyst w/in the U.S. Intel Community.
(8-yrs U.S. Navy veteran | U.S. Army Intel as a civilian)

Coach Pabon is now an educator at a local public HS. He has taught Digital Design, U.S. History, and Self-Defense for JROTC cadets.
He now teaches AVID elective classes, as well as Freshmen Success classes.

He used to be a Conditioning Coach for the HS baseball team. He is now the Head Coach for Boy’s Swimming & Wrestling.
Coach Pabon will be transitioning his pursuit of a Master’s degree in Educational & Instructional Technology to Education Leadership.


To mentor, encourage, and provide the thought process necessary to enable individuals to push beyond perceived limits.
To empower the entrepreneurial spirit within each individual by providing an opportunity of limitless possibilities.

To partner with like-minded individuals who want to take control of their future & live life on their own terms.

High School is Easy

No, Really It Is …

Get full credit on the easy activities — By submitting them ON TIME!
Don’t take a zero in the grade book on assignments/activities for which you should be, easily, earning full credit.  That’s just redunculous! (this is a real word – check here)

What Are These “Easy” Activities?

Listen, most schools have some version of the following three activities (four in some cases) that are used for grades.

  1. Bell work / Bell ringer
  2. Class work
  3. Home work
  4. Uniform (if required)

Explain Further Coach

Well, you should just watch the video for the explanation, but here is the premise.

Bell work / Bell ringers

These are those assignments that most teachers have right at the beginning of class.  They, usually, are short (maybe 5-10 minutes), and are meant to be done while the teacher takes attendance, checks homework, hands out papers, etc.

All students should earn whatever maximum credit is possible for these assignments.
Most of the time, you just have to get it done on time.

Class work

I really shouldn’t have to explain this.  Just participate and do the work.  Again, all students should be earning maximum points here.  This grade is usually based on honest effort, maximum participation, and timely completion.  It really is that simple.

Home work

Ok.  Here is one set of assignments where you, sometimes, might not earn the full amount of credit — IF you get some wrong answers.  However, you have to at least do the work.  You have to show that you made a legitimate attempt to complete whatever work was assigned.  Even if you get stuck, at least do everything up to the point where you get confused.  Show all of your work, and maybe even write down your thoughts in attempting to complete the work.

Uniform (If Required)

Look …
This is THE MOST unacceptable thing to take a zero on.
I’m not even joking.

If you have some kind of PE (physical education) class that has some kind of “uniform requirement” — wear it.  Whatever that requirement is — just wear it.  I mean, don’t be silly.

The fact is that taking a zero on any of these things is an act of Stupidity; not to be confused with ignorance.  They are two completely different things, but that is a topic for another day, and another video.

Teachers Talking | Mr. Bland & Coach Pabon | Controlling Your Digital Footprint

Digital Content is King

Welcome to the 21st Century – where a video recorded in high definition via a mobile device may be uploaded and shared to Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, etc. in just a matter of minutes – if not seconds.

Now, these videos may be anything from a surprise birthday party, service member returning home from deployment, an engagement proposal to a fight at school.

Either way, the speed with which video may be shared with anyone who has access to the internet is incredible when you really take a moment to think about that.

Now, for all of the positive scenarios of sharing video, that may, very well, be a good thing.  However, when considering the negative instances of sharing video, educational institutions need a positive way to control the “spin” factor, as well as, the associated positive/negative reputation that develops from this kind of exposure.

Control Your Digital Footprint

Your “Digital Footprint” is anywhere that information about you, or your organization/company, can be located digitally — especially via the interwebs.  It is important to understand how wide of a digital footprint you generate.  Then, you need to take steps to control your digital footprint.

From an individual viewpoint, this could be as simple as not creating any online accounts.
Or, is it really that simple?  If you don’t have any online accounts, does that prevent someone else from posting an image and/or video(s) where you are “tagged”?

You see …
Not participating in the digital/information age is not really a solution — especially from the viewpoint of a company or an organization.

It is more important to positively interact with and engage with the consumers of your product, service, or information.  Additionally, it would probably be in your best interest to control your digital footprint in the same spaces as the consumers with whom you interact (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Youtube, etc.).

This is becoming more and more important for schools across the nation.
The education world tends to be slow in adopting technological advances – including forms of communication.

In the end, it is more important to be proactive and to take action to ensure that the message you want disseminated throughout the interwebs is actually what is getting promulgated.

Teachers Talking | Mr. Bland & Coach Pabon | Book of Bland

We Should All Write A Book

No, seriously.
I believe we all should write some kind of book.
Everybody has something inside of them to contribute to the world around them.

There are those small things that we found ourselves repeating time and time again.
Maybe it’s some kind of quality advice.
Maybe it’s a step-by-step process for doing some kind of task.

  • Achieving a certain kind of style or look with make-up
  • Different way to perform various maintenance requirements for your vehicle(s)
  • Life lessons and how to capitalize on opportunities that stem from “mistakes”

The point that I’m making is that we all have something of value to share.  Maybe it won’t be a book that turns into the next block-buster movie event of the Summer, but who knows?  Maybe it will.

Either way, why not take a chance and just go for it.
I like Mr. Bland’s idea for a book, and I actually think he should write a book.

If you know who Mr. Bland is, and even if you don’t, you should encourage him to follow through with this idea & publish this book.

His youtube channel is: Mr. Bland
You can go subscribe & leave him a comment to get started on his “Book of Bland”.

While you’re at it, I would be most appreciative if you subscribed to my channel:
Coach Pabon.

To Blog, or Not to Blog …

Originally Posted: September 6, 2010

Blog Edit WindowTo Blog, or Not to Blog …

Blogging has many uses, and the reason(s) to blog will be different from person-to-person.  Personally, I enjoy blogging.  I first began blogging a few years ago after becoming licensed as a loan officer, and becoming a Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist (CMPS).  I started blogging to educate and counter a lot of inaccurate information/advice that people were receiving – especially through mainstream media.  I began by using Google’s Blogger platform which still has my archived posts here.

Eventually, I switched my blogging focus to another passion – health & wellness.  I blogged to track various workout routines, progress, and eating habits.  Keeping a blog makes it easier to share information with others.  Instead of having to keep emailing and/or explaining information on various topics, creating a blog post that will be archived automatically is more efficient and convenient for, both, the blogger and his/her audience.

There are several blogging platforms available depending on the features one desires.  In addition to Blogger, I have also experimented with WordPress (.com) and have been looking into Tumblr.  I intend to begin experimenting with Vloggin (Video Blogging) about one of my favorite exercise tools – the TRX Suspension Trainer.

Now, I am sure I will begin blogging about my experiences pursuing the Master of Science degree in Educational & Instructional Technology.  This will be a great opportunity to share what I am learning, in addition to, soliciting input and feedback from fellow students, instructors, and current/future colleagues.

To Blog, or Not to Blog … I choose to Blog.