Winning takes commitment, especially during the off-season. That commitment includes continuous learning, growing and developing a philosophy about how to win, not just on the field but also in life. These points were part of Matt Burgbacher’s presentation to Troy Rotary Club on Tuesday, November 10, 2015.

Burgbacher’s first season as Troy High School’s varsity football head coach was tough, ending with a 2-8 record. He feels that record was not an accurate reflection of the talent of the team. It’s his philosophy to stress the importance of being a team over accolades of individual players. He believes this team attitude will help his players be more successful in life after they leave school. Troy Trojans will bid farewell to 16 varsity players when they graduate at the end of the school year; however, Burgbacher believes the returning quarterback and skill players possess tremendous talent. He also sees a strong feeder program that will help bring up new players to the team and the football field.

Season two for Burgbacher and Troy varsity football players has already begun. It’s happening during training, conditioning, weightlifting and in the classroom. The players who commit to year-round physical, mental and educational improvement will be paramount to the team having a winning season in 2016. For more information on Troy athletic programs, please visit

Troy Rotarians, and the Troy Rotary Foundation, support several community projects annually. In 2014-15, more than $16,000 in scholarships and community aid was distributed from the fund, including the annual Shoe Project, Troy After Prom and sponsorships to summer camps at Brukner Nature Center and Waco Air Museum. Club members are always looking for new topics to share at weekly meetings. If you are interested in presenting your business or organization, please visit the Troy Rotary Web site at and submit your information in the “Contact Us” section. Troy Rotary is a member-involved, goal-oriented service club focused on socio/economic issues that have an impact both locally and internationally. You can follow their activities on Facebook at Troy Rotary Club.