The three Ds: Desire, dedication and determination.
Those were lessons Norm Sheets took from his own athletic career and gave back to his players as head football coach at Hastings High from 1973-80.
As a player at Trumbull High School, he was named to the All-Tribland 8-man football team at a time when there were more small schools in the area than there is now.
The 5-foot-10, 170-pound middle linebacker then played at Kearney State College, becoming a team captain and earning All-Nebraska honors.
He learned about the three Ds while at Kearney where he was part of some successful teams. Later, as a coach himself, he wanted to create those same experiences for his players.