Warner Robins head coach Marquis Westbrook thriving in first year

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WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Warner Robins’ football season has been magical, but what’s even more impressive is the way Marquis Westbrook is thriving in his first year as head coach.

“It’s been a really good ride. A really good journey,” Westbrook said. “But it’s been a great learning experience from an administrative standpoint as well. You know, just handling day to day stuff. I’m enjoying it and learning a whole lot.”

You see, not only is Westbrook in his first year, but he’s also the first Black head coach in the history of Houston County. He took over the program after the previous coach left for Jones County.

“You know, when I talked to kids and other stakeholders about what they want to see in a coach, it all came back to Marquis Westbrook,” Warner Robins Principal Chris McCook said. “He’s just a champion. He’s been a winner everywhere he’s been. He cares about kids. That’s more than just what’s on the football field.”

The Demons went 10-1 in the regular-season, and 5-0 in their region. They closed the regular-season winning six straight and then wrapped it up by winning their third straight region title against Veterans.

“Every week it’s a little pressure,” Westbrook said. “To go out there and win because you know the type of players you have, but I don’t look at it as a burden. I take it as an opportunity to show what these kids can do.”

Now the team is having great success in the playoffs. They’re in the quarterfinals for the third straight season. But, the job isn’t done.

Here’s what coach Westbrook says success looks like to him.

“Success would be, man, if we can finish it. If we can play hard as we possibly can every game, then that’s a success for us. We know we want expectations of having a ring. If we can play hard and we go give it our all. I think that’ll be the outcome.”

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Montezz Allen joined 41NBC as a sports reporter in 2019. He was born and raised on the West Side of Detroit, Michigan, but spent seven years in Chicago, Illinois. While there, he worked as a Sports Anchor at NCTV17, a Sports/News Reporter at Urban Broadcast Media and an Assistant Producer at WBBM-AM Newsradio — the No. 1-ranked news radio station in Chicago. He also made frequent guest appearances on WCIU's "The Jam" and The D & Davis Sports Radio Show at "670 The Score." He graduated from Oakland University — located in Rochester, Mich. — where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism in 2012 and then earned a Master of Arts from DePaul University in Chicago in 2014. He's the first person out of his immediate family to achieve the feat of earning a college degree — let alone two of them. He's extremely proud of that. Tezz has a strong love for the game of basketball. He played most of his life. It's his passion. He admits that he's a Kobe Bryant fan and believes the "Black Mamba" is the second greatest player of ALL TIME, hands down. In his spare time, Montezz loves to workout, travel, shop for the latest fashion and spend time with his family. Tezz is excited to be in Middle Georgia, and is looking to tell the best sports stories he possibly can. Don't hesitate to hit him up at mallen@41nbc.com.