- Bruce Rea lifts alone, hoping to get stronger.
Vinny Propson coaches him, hoping to change a culture.
"Let's get in the routine," Propson said. "Let's get them here and let's get them to love it here."
Propson became White Lake High School's new athletic director roughly two months ago.
He's dealing with a nearly empty weight room and a team that's at the bottom of the conference every year.
"They're in a place of complacency, you know?" Propson said. "And we're trying to build off that and say 'we're better than that, we're White Lake, we should be proud of where we're coming from.'"
Last season, White Lake won twice in volleyball, once in football and boys basketball, and zero times in both baseball and girls basketball.
"Even if you know you're going to lose, still play as hard as you can," Rea said. "You never know who's watching."
Rea is on a boys basketball team that lost by more than 80 points in its season finale.
He's in the weight room to prevent that from happening again.
"I want to play at the best of my ability and I want others to do that too," Rea said.
Propson was hoping that every athlete would show up as frequently as Bruce does.
"He, coming in here, has a different mindset than everyone else," Propson said. "That's the only thing that separates him."
"I'm getting better and I see the results," Rea said. "I just want other people to come in here."
Whether it's wins on the field or athletes in the weight room, sometimes it just takes one to start a trend.
Propson holds workouts every weekday at 4 p.m. in White Lake's gymnasium.
They are open to anyone, not just White Lake students.
|Story By: Andrew Goldstein