Compare and contrast the characters of Herman Boone and Bill Yoast in the film Remember the Titans.   

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Coach Yoast and Coach Boone have more in common than their shared love of whistles and sweatpants. They're both high school football coaches who care about the young men on their team and slowly grow to trust each other, too, but they're also both skilled at adaptation.

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Coach Yoast and Coach Boone have more in common than their shared love of whistles and sweatpants. They're both high school football coaches who care about the young men on their team and slowly grow to trust each other, too, but they're also both skilled at adaptation.

When Boone takes the head coaching job at T. C. Williams High School, he's thrust into an environment that's brand-new to him and well-established to everybody else. It's sink or swim from the minute he first walks into the gym and introduces himself. Williams's football program and its players have a shared past; the game is a way of life in Alexandria. Yoast knows that history well, and his willingness to stay on as an assistant coach when Boone gets the top spot instead of him shows his ability to stay open-minded and roll with the punches, too.

As coaches, Yoast and Boone function as sort of a "good cop, bad cop" duo. Yoast is the good cop; he's flexible and mild-mannered. That history he has with the players as described above, in effect, means that he's one of them—especially when Boone's leadership style become extra-gruff. When Boone addresses the team at Gettysburg, for example, Yoast is almost literally one of the players, as he stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the team, panting and listening to Boone's motivational speech with rapt attention.

Boone is the bad cop. He runs his team like a dictatorship. He loves his players, but they need to know that he's in charge. For example, when Gary tries to intimidate Boone as the team prepares to leave for training camp, issuing orders about how Boone should build his squad, Boone humiliates Gary in front of the entire team—and their parents. Yoast may deserve and expect respect, but Boone demands it.

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Before we examine the characters of Herman Boone and Bill Yoast in the movie Remember the Titans, it is important to understand that the portrayals may not be accurate. The writer of the film, Gregory Allen Howard, utilized a significant amount of artistic license in the production of this film. What this means is that the characters in the film do not actually portray the real life coaches.

There are very obvious similarities between the two coaches in the film. They both are very knowledgeable about the game of football and are more than adequate as football coaches. Both coaches also exhibit a genuine love for their players that extends beyond the football field. Herman Boone and Bill Yoast also do not particularly trust each other in the beginning of their relationship as coaches. At the same time, they come to respect one another throughout the course of the season, despite any differences that they may have about leadership and football strategy.

The leadership style of Herman Boone and Bill Yoast is remarkably different and is, at times, portrayed as a source of tension in the film. Boone has a more commanding leadership style and runs his team like a drill sergeant. He has high expectations for all of his players. The expectations are communicated and demanded to be met. He is a strong paternal presence in the locker room. Bill Yoast on the other hand, exhibits a looser leadership style. He is not comfortable with the overbearing leadership of Boone at times. Yoast does not feel that players should be ridiculed in front of the group. Despite their difference in style and delivery, Boone and Yoast have more in common, which is why they become good friends towards the end of the movie.

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