The Turnaround: Craziness and Prepping for Andrews

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Tuesday’s are always busy. Crazy busy is probably the best way to describe it. But, yesterday was just absolutely out of this world busy. There are always lots of things to juggle. Being organized and having a great staff to handle things for you really helps. I am very fortunate to have a staff I can trust. We have such a great dynamic in our building. It’s a proud feeling!

Here is a glimpse of my Tuesday. You really need to be in good shape to keep up with everything happening. Here is the rundown:

7:15 a.m. – Arrived at Chapman. Changed out our laundry.

7:30 a.m. – Created our daily schedule that gets distributed to the staff.

8:30 a.m. – Had weekly meeting with my principal to discuss athletics and Friday night.

9:10 a.m. – Back to Chapman. Got my workout in. I never miss a workout. Can’t do it.

10:15 a.m. – Off to Central Office for our weekly AD meeting with the other 3 head coaches in LISD.

11:30 a.m. – Back to Chapman to prep for our practice in the athletic period.

12:20 p.m. – Interview with Dave Campbell’s Texas Football. Awesome experience. Thanks, Greg Tepper!

12:35 p.m. – Out to the field to work on our punt team.

12:45 p.m. – team meeting in locker room.

1:00 p.m. – Leave for the Avalanche Journal. Filming a coaches segment to break down our game film from Friday night.

2:00 p.m. – Leave the Avalanche Journal and head back to Chapman.

3:00 p.m. – Offensive staff meeting.

4:15 p.m. Team meeting and hit the field for practice.

6:30 p.m. – Off the field and set up training table for our players.

6:40 p.m. – Team Meeting.

6:45 p.m – Leave Chapman and drop my son off at home. Drive out to Double T 97.3 to do weekly TV/Radio show.

8:15 p.m. – Finally home to eat dinner.

As I said, crazy day. You need to be able to juggle it all. It’s just your job as AD/HFC.

Andrews Prep

Tuesday was another good practice. Labor Day practice was good and I think we were better yesterday. This team continues to just show up and get to work. There is no drama. No bad attitudes. It is a refreshing group of kids to be around.

We have our game plan installed and we feel good about where we are at heading into Wednesday. We pushed the tempo in practice yesterday. We hammer home the conditioning
within practice. We work hard. Our practices are easier than playing the game. That’s how it should be.

Today will be our typical Wednesday. All go, no quit. Tomorrow I’m going to write about our practice routine. I think how we practice really helps us be prepared for games.

The captains and senior leadership on this team has been the best I have seen in a long time. This is a team through and through. They have bought into themselves and they believe!

Randomness

-College football kicked off in a big way. Great weekend of ball. The good: Alabama, Clemson, Penn St. The bad: Texas A&M. Leaving the bad at that. Tough game to lose when you have a 34 point lead. Yikes.

-Our band was great on Friday night! They rock!

-Our defensive staff did one hell of a job prepping for Seminole. They are the heroes of Friday night. Without our D, we have no chance.

-Overtime games are fun in college and high school.

-NFL overtime is garbage. What else would you expect?

-MLB Pennant races are heating up. Can’t wait to see October baseball.

-Head Coaches need to take care of their staff. Show them your appreciation. Do nice things for them. Every Saturday I provide the staff coffee and doughnuts. It goes a long way in keeping morale high. Take care of the ones who take care of you!

-My son drinks four protein shakes a day. It pays off to take care of your body.

-Greg Tepper is one of the best. Really appreciate him having me on their show today with Dave Campbell’s Texas Football.

I’m done. Tuesday wore me out.

Until next time… FIO.

The Turnaround Jason Strunk

Eric Karr Photography

 

by Jason Strunk
Lubbock High School Head Football Coach
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