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AURORA, CO - Marquise Enoch loves the game of football. It’s apparent when he talks about his youth football program, the Box State Hornets, where he is head coach and founder. “Football has been around in my life since I was six years old,” said Enoch. “It really helped me become the man I am today. So I just wanted to make sure when it was time that I was giving back the way the game had given back to me.”
The Box State Hornets operate out of the Aurora Community in their home state of Colorado and are partnered with Gateway High School. Coach Enoch takes great pride in the area he runs his program out of, noting that “it takes a village” to run a team.
Like most youth coaches who love their programs, while teaching them the fundamentals of football is essential, Coach Enoch hopes his lessons can carry over into his players’ lives as they develop into future leaders.
“I really want them to understand the word momentum,” said Enoch. “Every little thing that these kids do on a daily basis- give it 110% because that’s what’s going to make them a better player when it’s all said and done. Once they understand that then the sky’s the limit for them when they go to the next level.”
As far as playing at the next level, Enoch is no stranger. Having played Division II college ball at CSU Pueblo, he says that’s where he learned a lot about what it takes to build strong team comradery. Enoch applies a lot of those learnings from his days as a ThunderWolf to his coaching now. “We have Swarm-Madness,” said Enoch. “It’s where the boys get to come out and earn their rites of passage within ‘The Nest.’”
“We like to compete a lot,” notes Jayden Bell, a member of the Hornets, when talking about what it’s like to be a part of the Box State community. “We like to see who’s faster, stronger, and we like to pull jokes in.”
Another big aspect of Enoch’s program is identity. “The players got to really understand the identity, who they are when they step on this field, who they become. It just makes it that much better,” said Enoch. “So a lot of the thought process for me was what can I do to make these kids really understand (their identity).” That’s why Enoch landed on naming his team the Hornets, because they have to attack and “swarm” together in order to be successful or as Enoch would put it “putting steak on the table.”
“Everybody loves peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, but for dinner, you want a steak.”
Xenith is proud to have Coach Enoch and the Box State Hornets as a member of the family and wish them all the best in the seasons ahead.