The Man With the Towel
AUTHOR: Lacy Camp
Some names are well known among many places and do not need an introduction; John Bachman, Sr. is one of those names.
Bachman, who joined the Calvary coaching staff in 2010, has lead the Calvary Cavaliers to back-to-back district and state championships within the past two seasons – a 62-7 win over Archbishop Hannan in 2013 and a 27-24 win over Catholic New Iberia in 2014.
However, two state titles is not the only thing Bachman has brought to Calvary nation. Calvary has a 52-14 record since Bachman has become head coach.
If you are a Louisiana high school football fan, you know Bachman’s resume does not end there.
Before taken the reins over Calvary’s football team, Bachman coached at Evangel for 13 years and served as head coach for three years.
Among those three years, his teams finished in the state semifinals in 2007, were state runners-up and ended Bastrop’s 49-game winning streak in 2008 and became state champions in 2009 after defeating John Curtis 18-13.
Although these are his most recent achievements, Bachman’s high school football career started out as a football player at Southwood High School.
“When I played at Southwood, my team made it to the semifinals where we lost to Green Oaks,” Bachman said. “That was the year that Captain Shreve won it all.”
Despite falling in the semifinals, Bachman’s football career was just beginning. After graduating from high school, Bachman attended and played at Baptist Christian College before taking his first coaching job in 1979.
“I began coaching at Baptist Christian Academy,” Bachman said. “From there I went to Al-Dean Independence school district in Houston and then spent most of my time at Katy, TX, Evangel, and now Calvary.”
Bachman said he was influenced and knew at a young age that he wanted to become a coach.
“I was influenced from the time that I was a peewee,” Bachman said. “Coach Jerry Adams told me ‘to find something that you could wake up to every morning and look forward to going to work,’ for me that ended up being coaching.”
Although Adams was a key person, Bachman said he was not the only person who influenced him throughout his career.
“God just put in my life great coaches like Coach Rhodes, my elementary P.E. coach, and Coach Kenny Cochran, my long time administrator at Caddo,” Bachman said. “They really spoke a lot into my life.”
Bachman said they spoke in such a way that he reflects upon their teachings in his own coaching system.
“Their influence in me was just how to deal with young men, set a goal that works for all of us to go after, hold everybody accountable and create a family atmosphere,” Bachman said. “These are some things I try to do today.”
When asked how he does try to manage these, Bachman said he focuses on love.
“I just tell them that they are loved,” Bachman said. “I also remind them that if we lose that it is my fault because I didn’t do a well enough job getting them ready and if we win then it’s all about them and their performance.”
Throughout Bachman’s career as a coach, he hopes for one thing to be placed into their lives.
“I hope they are in church and serving God,” Bachman said. “I tell them all the time that I don’t want them to miss Heaven. This whole thing is way little about football and way big about living your life because you are going to live your life way longer than you are going to play football.”
Writer Lacy Camp
Lacy is from Homer, LA and graduated from Homer High School. She currently attends Louisiana Tech for a journalism and sports marketing degree. She has served as a reporter for the Guardian Journal, Haynesville News, the Tech Talk, and Varsity Preps. She started working as an intern for LAFM in April 2015. You can follow her on twitter at @lacy_camp.