Character Counts For Jack Easterby

Seattle, WA (WLTX) --- Jack Easterby's schedule can get downright packed.

If he is not speaking to a group or doing some one-on-one counseling, he is on the road with either the New England Patriots or the USC women's basketball team and both programs are taking him all over the country.

Easterby is a character coach and during the 2013 NFL season, he was in Foxboro working with the New England Patriots.

When the season ended for the Patriots and just before USC started their stretch run, Dawn Staley invited Easterby back for the most important part of the season.

That meant when USC was sent to Seattle to start the NCAA Tournament, Easterby was on the plane with the team. This continued a relationship that began in 2005 when former basketball coach Dave Odom brought Easterby on board and Staley has made sure that if Easterby is available, he is on her bench.

The former two-sport standout at Newberry College says his role is all about forging relationships with athletes and from that, Easterby can help them deal with any issues that they may be facing.

There is an obvious difference in the type of athlete he deals with in that the Patriots are grown men with seven-figure bank accounts, while the Gamecocks are still in school and most have yet to hit 21 years of age.

Easterby says his focus remains the same in that he deals with what is going on inside an athlete's head or heart and through that, his role as a character coach takes on increasing importance.


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