Andy Olds, head football coach at Kings High School and a physical education teacher at Kings Junior High School, is also the national director of the NFL Play 60 Character Camps. Olds, 52, lives in Maineville with his wife, Pam. They have two sons, Tyler, 28, and Michael, 24. We sat down with Olds to discuss football, life and the joy of teaching.

What’s your favorite part about coaching football?

My favorite part about coaching football is the relationship I get with kids. Over the years, people forget records and they actually forget games. But when kids take time to invite you to their wedding or give you a baby announcement or even just to check in and say, “Hi,” that really touches my heart.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a football coach?

I think you need to be in it for the right reason and I think the right reason is to make kids become better people.

What’s your favorite activity outside of football?

I’m a big fisherman. I love to fish and I’m lucky enough that I get to travel and fish.

Who’s been the biggest influence in your life and why?

It’s really been my wife. I wasn’t necessarily a bad person, but I became a Christian through my wife. It just helped me become a more complete person.

What’s the most important lesson you learned after suffering a heart attack in 2009?

I was telling myself before that happened that I liked to take one day at a time and one game at a time, but man, I don’t think I was doing a very good job at it. I think maybe the good Lord was trying to get my attention saying, “Hey man, you can do better.”

How do you relax and unwind?

Go sit in a deer stand. I don’t even need to take a weapon. I can just go sit in a deer stand … read a book and take pictures of deer and fox and anything else I see.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

Back in 1999, I was the Warren County Teacher of the Year, the Excellence in Education Award. Sometimes, as a football coach, you get the stereotype that this guy’s just all about coaching, he’s not about education.

What would you be if you weren’t a teacher or a coach?

I love landscaping. That was my first job.

What’s something that most people don’t know about you?

I love arts and crafts. For probably four or five summers, I would build crafts. I would go to different craft sales and set up a booth and sell stuff. But I had to give that up when I became a head coach.

How would your family describe you?

Maybe that I’m a little messy. I’m not known for cleaning up after myself, but when it comes to my truck I like to keep my truck clean, which leaves a lot of people to think that Andy must have a clean life, but I don’t.