It’s said that a good coach recognizes his weaknesses, but a great one improves on them. Such is the case with returning Head Football Coach Aaron Paul at Morgan County Middle School. His main focus will be to improve in areas he sees as deficient and get his graduating class of 2019 ready to step into a varsity role.
The Middle School finished up a week of spring football practice last Friday with around 60 players participating. Paul was excited with the results.
He commented, “We had 23 returning players (rising eighth graders) at practice last week and around 40 new players out there from the rising seventh and eighth grade classes.”
Under the leadership of Paul, the program has had tremendous success.
The Coach will enter his third year at the helm of the football team and will be joined by some new and familiar faces on his coaching staff.
Returning for the Bulldogs will be Coaches Alex Cooper, Brantley Frost and David Harper. Joining the staff from his head wrestling position will be Marcus Crowe. Paul is working to add one more coach sometime this summer to complete his staff.
He remarked, “We are looking to continue improving our coaching so that we can develop the middle school program into the best feeder program that our high school program and coaches need. We are working to revamp our practices, summer workouts, and overall philosophy so that the middle school kids are prepared to make the transition to high school football with ease.
My number one goal is to make sure our rising eighth graders are prepared for high school football. I feel like we have definitely made improvements over the past few years, but we still have a long way to go in terms of getting our middle school program up-to-speed. It’s especially important when comparing ourselves to what other middle schools do, the ones we compete against in our league, and the middle schools that feed our varsity region opponents.
Right now our biggest need is getting our kids at the middle school lifting weights on a daily basis throughout the school year so we can improve our strength training.”
There’s a big difference between competing at the middle school and high school level, and Paul realizes the biggest difference is in the area of strength and conditioning.
The Dogs will have some key returning players, according to Paul.
DJ Smith, Jacere Cooper, Gaines Mercer, Ajoni Ivory, Quint Hyman, Reggie Ross, Ethan Mizell, Jack Harper, Brendan Conway, and quite a few more will give Paul and his staff a solid core to mold the rest of the team around in 2018.