Coach Brian Cooper- Paint Valley
Defensive Coordinator and Special teams
It will be awesome to see a full stadium and to hear crowds again.
The toughest part was dealing with the restrictions, which includes the previously mentioned reduced crowds and trying make sure all that needed tickets, got them.
With our skill positions gaining experience behind veteran lines last season, we will now rely on them to carry a heavier load while the lines gain the experience. It will be very important for them to get a lot of snaps before our first game.
I had to learn how Coach Dye manages a game and see where I fit in. Fortunately, he allowed me to keep the reigns and make the calls defensively and on special teams. As the season went on, we both gained confidence in one another.
I love Thursday night games. It gives us an opportunity to showcase our kids when nobody else is playing and all eyes are on us. We actually open this season on a Thursday night.
Fredricktown in week 12.
I will miss the personal interactions the most, they were a very fun bunch to be around.
For small schools like us, it is hard to find kids that can kick (we don’t have soccer). All we can do is encourage young kids to kicks and develop that skill early on.
It is tough to get a win on the road in the playoffs. Regular season, I always remember Minford being a tough place to play, the crowd was on top of you and sidelines were tight.
JV teams should run the same schemes as varsity (talent can limit this). Going down to JR high, as long as the same techniques are being taught, they can adjust to what they need to. As you go down the line to lower levels it becomes more about technique and less about the scheme.