It’s early on a rainy Monday morning at Winder-Barrow High School and Heath Webb is already at work.
When you are the new head football coach of a program which has not enjoyed success in some time, there aren’t many days off. Webb knows this and embraces it.
“We are going full speed ahead on our offseason work,” the coach said. “We are continuing to get after it pretty good.”
Webb was preparing to begin the task of teaching his new team about the formations and terminology that will be used. WBHS is now less than three weeks from the start of official spring practice.
“We are still working on finalizing our coaching staff,” Webb said. “We feel it will be the best coaching staff in the region.”
There will be plenty of new faces on the sidelines this fall for the Bulldoggs in terms of coaching. Eight new coaches will be part of the program including four on offense, two on defense and two ninth grade coaches.
“It has been quite a task to hire eight people, but the administration has been awesome in working with us,” Webb said. “I promised them from the start a guarantee that the coaches would also be outstanding teachers as well. If you are a good teacher, then you are a good coach.”
In an effort to build community interest in the program, Webb said there will be a BBQ for alumni during the May 9 spring game. The rising ninth grade players will take the field for a scrimmage at 6:30 p.m. followed by the varsity players at 7:30.
Webb said he wants to make the event a “game day” atmosphere. Officials will work the varsity scrimmage which will see the WBHS team split into two squads for a “solid competition.”
“Once people see what we are doing and see what we’re about, this community will buy into it,” Webb said. “It won’t be a Winder-Barrow High School program, but rather a community program.”
Fans interested in getting a glimpse of what the players have been doing during the offseason can watch a video made by the WBHS technology class. Webb terms it a “motivational video.”
It was edited and produced by WBHS students as a way to spotlight what their fellow students are doing. There is a link to the video on the WBHS football website.
“We like what we’ve done so far, but we are just getting started,” Webb said.
Chris Bridges is sports editor of the Barrow Journal. You can reach him at email@example.com.
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