Community Spotlight: Joe Creer
The Benilde-St. Margaret’s community is composed of many caring, uniquely-talented individuals. As a way to learn more about the members who encourage students’ passions outside of the classroom, we’re spotlighting various coaches and activity leaders over the course of the school year! Meet Joe Creer, strength and conditioning coach, assistant varsity football coach, BSM traffic controller, and past BSM parent.
What is your favorite part about being a coach?
What I Iove, especially about football, is the fact that we’re actually teaching boys how to be men. How to go out, strive for something, work hard for it, and achieve it. That, and being a mentor to them is what I like about coaching. I also have my own company where I’m a life coach, financial coach, and I do all types of coaching.
How long have you been a coach?
I’ve been coaching for 30 years total, and I have coached for 15 years at BSM. Previously, I coached at Jefferson High School in Bloomington as well as Holy Angels.
What have you enjoyed the most about the season so far?
This season, because everything is new – a new defense, new offense – I think every week is a learning curve for each kid. So, I think everyone seems a little down because of our record, but I think every week we strive and get better in a lot of different areas. Last week, we scored 43 points, so that tells you every week we’re getting better, everyone is adapting, and we’re growing.
When you were a student, in high school and/or college, did you participate in the sport you coach?
Yes, I went to University of Arkansas, and I have been playing football all of my life. I also used to do track and basketball.
Do you have a favorite memory from coaching a BSM team?
My favorite BSM memory was definitely when we won state in 2016. That state ride was so fun. It was a roller coaster and something new. We had never done it before, so every week, every game was so fun to share with the players and with the coaches at that time.
Do you have any advice to give to student-athletes?
Advice I’d give to student-athletes is if it’s something that you dream and want, you have to put in the hard work, and you will achieve it. Hard work always pays off.
What do you love most about being part of the Red Knight community?
I love the Red Knight community. My son graduated in 2012, Breion Creer, so the one thing I’ve loved since I came over is how this community loves each other, believes in each other, and takes care of each other. I’ve bled red and white as long as I’ve been here, and it’s the best school I’ve coached and worked at in my entire life.