Steve Victory joins Heathwood this year as Head Football Coach and Head Baseball Coach. Hailing from Metarie, LA, Victory has a long track record of success coaching independent school athletics in Louisiana and Texas, including a 29-8 overall record and two district championships as Head Football Coach at Metarie Park Country Day School. Read our interview with him to learn more about why he’s excited to be working with a young Heathwood football team, and why he’d like to see more Heathwood students become multi-sport athletes.
What attracted you to Heathwood?
I was attracted to Heathwood by the opportunity to work at a great school in a new city and state and experience the unique culture that South Carolina has to offer.
Now that you’re here, what excites you about being here?
I am excited about the future! We have a very young team this year and I look forward to the opportunity to work with most of our varsity players for two or three more years.
What’s your experience been like so far working with Heathwood athletes?
Working with the kids has been great so far. I was able to get to know many of them over the summer before school started and I have been impressed by their work ethic and attitude. My goal now is to get as many kids involved in football as possible. At a school like Heathwood, multi-sport athletes are paramount to the athletic program’s success. There are too many students on campus who are committed to one sport only. I went to a school very similar to Heathwood and played as many sports as possible. Whatever season it was, that’s what you played. Participating in all those sports helped shape me into the person I am today. I can’t even imagine what my high school experience would have been like if I had only played one sport. The great thing about football and similar contact sports like wrestling or boxing is that you quickly find out what kind of person you are. Football is hard and players often face some type of adversity. When the going gets tough, will you step up to meet the challenge head-on or will you pack your bags and quit? I have always told my players that the true measure of a man is not determined by how many times you get knocked down but by how many times you get back up. I want our Heathwood kids to always get back up!
You’ve only been in Columbia a few months, but what are you and your wife enjoying most so far?
My wife, Lanie, and I have really enjoyed Heathwood and Columbia so far. We live in the Vista and like to try new restaurants or spend time at Riverfront Park. We have been amazed and impressed by how friendly and welcoming everyone at Heathwood has been, and we feel very blessed to be a part of the Heathwood family.