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Where there’s a Will there’s a way

WIll Tiffin and Will Lang after a Hartselle game this season. Tiffin is on the left and Lang is on the right. | Special to the Enquirer
WIll Tiffin and Will Lang after a Hartselle game this season. Tiffin is on the left and Lang is on the right. | Special to the Enquirer

Caleb Suggs

Hartselle Enquirer

Five years ago on November 26, 2010 many people thought they had seen the last of the best friend turned offensive duo Will Lang and Will Tiffin when it came to the Hartselle football program. Those people could not have been more wrong. Both took separate paths upon graduating in 2011, but it didn’t take long for them to find their way back home and under the familiar Friday night-lights that they played for so long under.

Upon graduating, Will Tiffin attended Huntingdon College where he played football for one year. After deciding that he needed to move on, Tiffin found himself at Calhoun community College before finally transferring to the University of North Alabama. Despite living in Florence, Tiffin was no stranger to Hartselle football as he frequently made trips home on the weekend so he could be present to watch his younger brother Jake quarterback the Tigers for three years.

Tiffin, who is   majoring in Sports Management with a focus in Communications to pursue a career in sports broadcasting, would receive a great opportunity just before the 2015 season. He would become the next voice on the Hartselle football radio network. “I heard from my parents that there would be an opening” Tiffin said “So I talked to Bob Sittason about doing it & and he told me he would love to have me.” To Tiffin, this is just the first step in what he hopes will be a long career in sports broadcasting and radio.

Much like his friend, Will Lang who would also take the college football route after high school. Lang attended UNA as well where played football for about a year and a half. Going into his second year, Lang was clicking well with the new coaches and the new system before an injury to his shoulder forced him to hang up the cleats and helmet for good.

“Just before the spring game I got hit and my shoulder just gave out” Lang said “I had already had one surgery and didn’t really feel like having another one, and I honesty didn’t feel like building it back up afterwards so I thought it was just best to walk away.”

Lang would then spend time as a volunteer assistant coach at UNA where he could figure out the ropes of coaching. He would then put all his attention on completing his education degree, however the taste of coaching was already there.

When it came time for Lang to do his student teaching no other than his own former coach Bob Godsey came calling. “Coach Godsey called and asked me if I would like to do my student teaching at Hartselle” Lang said “and I said of course.” So now, Lang is doing his student teaching as a biology teacher as well as coaching the quarterbacks for the Hartselle Tigers.

It would get even more interesting for Lang as the very first starting quarterback he would coach be Jake Tiffin, the brother of his best friend Will. “It’s weird” Lang said, “growing up me and Will used to beat him up and play around with him, and now he’s grown up and mature.” Will Tiffin also finds it weird and funny  “ I think it is pretty ironic to an extent especially Lang being in his first year as an assistant” Tiffin said “Me and Lang were together almost everyday growing up so he is like a second big brother to Jake.” Jake also wears the same number 4 that Will Lang wore when he was at Hartselle, which is an interesting footnote.

The first year of having the Tiffin and Lang duo back has come and gone with few bumps along the way. Hartselle finished 7-4 on the season, which was certainly not what they were hoping for, but they know things will only get better. Right now, they are just enjoying being Tigers once again. They may not be sporting the red helmets anymore, but they are striving to make sure that everyone who does put the helmets on can have the same great experiences.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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