1- 2020 was your first full season with the team as the head coach. Other than working through covid what was the biggest adjustment for you as far as coaching went?
This 2020 season was very challenging for many reasons. The main issue was the lack of spring and summer lifting and conditioning that we were able to do. Once we were able to get rolling in August our schedule was pretty consistent but as a young team, we desperately needed that time in the offseason.
We only graduate 5 seniors so there won’t be many changes as far as the kids on the field. You will see a lot more experience on the field and you will see bigger, faster, and stronger kids flying around with confidence.
With our conference (TEC) having 9 teams, we are limited to only one non-conference game each season. We have week 7 as our NC game against Shenandoah. I have always heard Ohio schools are hesitant to schedule Indiana teams because of the Ohio playoff system and a win over an out of state school not being beneficial. I would love to get an Ohio school on the schedule in the future because I know it’s great football across the border. Teams like National Trail, Tri-Village, Brookville, and even Eaton would be a great test for us.
I think the spread offense with a QB who can run it and throw it is so hard to defend.
I think the 3-5 defense would be fun to run if you had 5 or 6 hybrid kids who could play multiple positions and execute multiple responsibilities.
I think that would be a great wrinkle and would help out with the referee shortage we are seeing. You could go scout more games and I think you would have bigger crowds. After having a bye week this season in the sectional, I also think that would be a nice addition to the season schedule.
Well, the first thing is the incoming freshman would have to compete for and earn the starting spot. If that were to happen then it would be an easy conversation with the 3-year starter. If he’s a leader on the team he will just want an opportunity to help the team no matter the position.
A quick fade to the corner pylon. Just kidding. Something with misdirection and something with a run/pass option after the misdirection.
I’ve got 2 that come to mind. Coached against Kiante Enis from Winchester and Spencer Gilbert from Eastern Hancock. Enis went to IU and Gilbert to Ball State. Enis had blazing speed and could turn any play into an 80 yard TD. Gilbert had speed and could run you over. Both unreal football players.
None are more enjoyable than the others. All wins are great but all the coaches in our conference do a great job with their programs. I am the least tenured coach in the TEC so I still have a lot to learn. Coach McCaslin and Shenandoah are the only team we haven’t beaten since I’ve been coaching at Northeastern so a win against them would be nice. He has a great program and always gets the most out of his kids.
I like it because as a small school you could have an injury or two really affect your season and affect your ability to get into the playoffs. In Indiana, you start over fresh come tourney time no matter what happened those first 9 games. I do wish they would seed the sectional. We have the Sagarin ratings which take into account schedule strength and results. That way the best teams are set up to be playing the most games and are rewarded for having great regular seasons.