After two weeks of spring practice, Limbaugh and the Wolves will hold an inter-squad game tonight at 7 p.m. to show how hard they have been working.
“Spring has been going fantastic,” Limbaugh said. “We have a lot guys working hard, we have coaches working hard and I am proud of the effort we see.”
Limbaugh, who will be entering his first season at helm next fall, said being a head coach at a small school is everything he expected.
“It is everything I expected and then some,” Limbaugh said. “I am having to coach a lot of different positions, but I have some great coaches helping me, and it has been a lot of fun. They have been putting forth a lot of effort and they are buying in to what we are doing so I am really excited about it.”
Limbaugh said some of the things he has implemented into the program are already beginning to pay off.
“It always is, because it is a lot of unexpected and unknown,” Limbaugh said. “The kids really don’t know what to expect. We have been through a lot of character education with them and things like that. I think it is already paying dividends. I have seen people really give it up out there and really work hard.”
The first year coach said he has really been impressed with his upperclassmen this spring.
“One thing that I am real impressed with is the offensive line,” Limbaugh said. “I told them the one thing that I wanted them to be low on the hip and they all have been working towards that. I have a lot of good leadership out there. Some guys that I have seen doing good things is senior Damien Harry, he has been running tailback and he has been doing a good job of it. Cole Hayes is a senior and he has been doing a god job from the fullback position. The other senior that has been doing a great job is our quarterback Zach McGrady, our quarterback. We will polish on him a little more and get him to shine a little more. He has been looking good. I would to brag on them, because they all have been working hard.”
Getting the Wolves involved in the community is something that Limbaugh is planning to do in the near future.
“We had over 50 players (varsity and junior varsity) out in the spring,” Limbaugh said. “I am really pleased with the effort and their willingness. These guys are hungry here; they really want something to happen here. It is a really great community that will work and a football team that will work. The community is going to see a lot from our football team. We have a lot of plans for the summer for our workout program. They are going to see the kids work in the community doing community projects and helping people this summer.”
Being committed to the team is something that Limbaugh has preached to his team during the two weeks of practice.
“One thing we have been talking to our team about is commitment,” Limbaugh said. “Commitment from the team, commitment to what we are trying to accomplish there, for them to be goal-oriented and team-oriented. We also have been talking to them on what it takes as an individual on what he needs to do to better this team. It is not about him, it is about the team. He has to do his work in the weight room; he has to do his work on the practice field. He has to have a positive attitude and positive mental approach. If you are mentally tough you will be tough on the football field. That is what we have been preaching to them, the whole team concept.”
Senior Zach McGrady is excited about what the future holds for the Wolves.
“We look good so far,” McGrady said. “We are adjusting to a new offense and a new coach. That process is always going to be a little rough, but we are adjusting to it pretty well. We are picking up the offense, working pretty hard and showing promise. I have high expectations for next year.”