James Brown was called "The Hardest Working Man in Show Business", and while it was only one day, I'm dubbing new KHS Football Coach Matt Irvin, the "James Brown" of High School Football. The Matt Irvin Era officially began today with the first day of camp. Enthusiasm and Expectations were both sky high and it was hard to stand by and watch and NOT want to get out there and get involved. It was easy to spot Coach Irvin. . . he was the one drenched in sweat working with the linemen, then sprinting down the field to work with the skill players. These players are going to have to "bring it" everyday if they ever expect to outwork their coach!
Classroom instruction, weight training, and on-field work was the order of the day. It was a brisk, highly organized affair and you could feel the energy and excitement. Matt has an experienced and talented staff and are outstanding role models. There were clear "right ways" and "wrong ways", but corrections were made with a dose of encouragement and I saw kids smiling, then working hard to correct mistakes. Granted, I'm a little biased because Coach Irvin is an old friend of mine, but even if I'd never met him, I would have been impressed with the way he taught and motivated today. These players will learn not only about football, but about becoming high-character, service-oriented young men. Keep up the good work, Matt and Staff!