Coach Able inspires his students to push themselves in all aspects of their lives. Photo by Riley Hyvonen.

Coach Able inspires his students to push themselves in all aspects of their lives. Photo by Riley Hyvonen.

When describing a football, wrestling, and track coach at Chaparral, it’s easy to picture a tough, focused, and steadfast individual; this is football Coach Austin Able. He began coaching seven years ago right out of playing college football, but has only been at Chaparral since last year. When asked what made him stay and become one of the Chaparral’s main coaches, Able explained, “It’s the kids mostly, you guys have the best kids here.”

Instead of picking out his favorite class to teach, he picks out the students and explains that, “it’s the students that make one class better than the other. When I have fun kids in the class it’s easier to teach,” said Able. With four different physical education classes he teaches and three different sports that he coaches, he gets to interact with a variety of students--one of them being sophomore Jacob Stanton. One of Stanton’s favorite things about the coach is that, “any speech he has, even if it’s before a lift or before a game, is always good,” said Stanton.


Whether it’s pepping up the team before a big game or showing his students in team sports how to play dodgeball, Coach Able can do just about everything. His students and athletes specifically Stanton can describe him as, “humble, funny, and friendly,” commented Stanton.

By Lexi Stephen and Olivia Goodman

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