Thank you for the article on Coach Torres. While growing up in Taos my mother Lydia worked full time, and my brothers David, Floyd and I spent a substantial amount of time with Mr. Torres' …
Thank you for the article on Coach Torres. While growing up in Taos my mother Lydia worked full time, and my brothers David, Floyd and I spent a substantial amount of time with Mr. Torres' sons: Steven, Paul and Robert. We were the same age, and neighbors. Coach Torres made us part of his family by playing tackle football with us in his backyard on weekends, opening up the gym for us to play basketball on occasion, and he encouraged us to attend church, join band and do well in school.
We were always invited to fresh tortillas, chile and fresh frijol. At school, if we were naughty, coach would take us to a private, out-of-the-way spot and twist our ears; I got more than my share. He would say, "Shape up." To this day I say that to myself, "Shape up." Be a little better, a little stronger, a little more thoughtful, a little humbler, a little more considerate and helpful. My brothers and I, like Steven, Robert and Paul ,all grew up to become men of integrity; in great part we all owe it to Coach.
Thank you Steven, Robert and Paul for sharing your father with us; we loved him and all he did for us.
Anthony J. Ayala
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