Termayne Wortham embraces Blast head coaching job
Tremayne Wortham Bio:
Hometown: Trumann, AR
Education: Trumann High School/ Arkansas State University
Introducing the Memphis Blast: Termayne Wortham
As much praise as football players get, it cannot be understated that a lot of their success has to be credited to their head coaches.
Even though they may not be on the field making the plays, they are the masterminds for some of the greatest teams in football history.
While Termayne Wortham is not a household name yet, he is already showing that he can be the driving force behind the Memphis Blast reaching heights they have never seen before.
With his four years of experience learning from established college football coaches, Wortham learned valuable lessons to implement within his own teams.
“While at Arkansas State, I got the opportunity to work with the football team as an equipment manager,” Wortham said. “In my second year, Hugh Freeze became the head coach, and I got a year of watching him, his staff, and how they prepared. I really learned what they did to change a program into a winning program. After I worked with Coach Freeze, I worked with Gus Malzahn and she showed me the business side of coaching.”
Before being offered the Memphis Blast job, Wortham was working as the head coach for another GDFL team, the Arkansas Gators.
“It started a long time ago,” Wortham said. “I started coaching special teams with that Gators (formerly known as the Wildcats) and I did that for two years. The league that they were in was going under, so because they did not have another league to play in, they gave me ownership of the team. I went to find another league and that’s where I found Mr. Thompson. He gave me an opportunity to bring my Arkansas team into the GDFL.”
Still, Wortham recognized that he was getting a tremendous opportunity to join the Blast. Not just because of the success of the team, but because of the city of Memphis.
“Working with the Blast is an amazing opportunity,” Wortham said. “Memphis is a great place. I have coached over here twice before and I already know that it is a great place to recruit, it is a great place to play, and the community really supports the Blast. You can always see people around with the shirts on, even local rappers do songs for this team. It is a lot of love for this team. They have been here for 20 years, so being able to come back here and be a part of it is amazing. It has been one of the best things that has happened to me since coming to the GDFL.”
Now with the Blast, Wortham has set his sights on improving the little things as a way to reach the highest heights. Through his experience, he has seen firsthand that the teams that focused on the fundamentals have the most sustained success.
“The first expectation is to finish the season,” Wortham said. “I want to complete all of our games. The next expectation is to grow every game. Everybody wants to win every game, but you also have to grow with the game. I have learned that in this league. Each week is a new week. It doesn’t matter who you’re playing, each team is legit and if you ever think you have an easy team coming up, you can be surprised. I don’t take anything from any team. I expect every team to come out give you their best, especially when they’re playing the Memphis Blast.”
Along with himself, he has brought to the Memphis Blast a new coaching staff and players from his old Gators team. But like most people entering new surroundings, they have to work to build new relationships with people who are unfamiliar with them.
Wortham has relished that and has an important message for Memphis fans.
“I want to win,” Wortham said. “I want to be able to compete. I want to be able to give the fans a great game to come out and watch for four quarters. I want them to come out and enjoy the new culture that we are trying to build here in Memphis. The old perception of developmental football, we want to put a new brand on it. We don’t want people to think of it as just a play-around thing or a joke. There are serious players out there and they’re going to get their money’s worth when they come out and watch us play.”
As for his players, he wants to show them that he plans to stay with the Blast long-term and wants to bring the winning culture back to Bluff City.
“I want my players to know that I am 100% committed to this team,” Wortham said. “I am not going anywhere. I plan on being here for a while. We’re here to build something and develop some players so that they can be in a position to do something better.”