Wolves Show­case New Field­house

LIN­COLN DE­VEL­OP­MENTS PRO­MOTE FOOT­BALL PRO­GRAM

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - SPORTS - By Mark Humphrey

LIN­COLN — Com­ple­tion of the new Lin­coln Foot­ball Field­house adds up to one thing, a sure-fire sign the Wolves’ pro­gram holds se­ri­ous as­pi­ra­tions about com­pet­ing to con­sis­tently reach the play­offs

Last Tues­day, Sept. 5, Lin­coln staged an open house to show­case the Wolves’ brand new Foot­ball Field­house. The build­ing, sit­u­ated be­hind Lin­coln High School and ad­ja­cent to Wolf­pack Sta­dium, fea­tures sep­a­rate locker rooms for the var­sity and ju­nior high, an in­di­vid­ual of­fice for head coach Don Har­ri­son and a larger of­fice for as­sis­tant coaches, plus a new weight room car­peted by ar­ti­fi­cial turf. There is enough room the Wolves could hold a lim­ited 11-on-11 scrim­mage in­doors on ar­ti­fi­cial turf in the event of bad weather.

“We don’t have a lot of room in here, but we de­cided to do this,” Har­ri­son said. “We ac­tu­ally saved the school some money as op­posed to pour­ing con­crete in here. We re­ally like the look of it and the feel of it.”

High school teams har­bor­ing am­bi­tion to play foot­ball in De­cem­ber bet­ter have a con­tin­gency plan, in the purest sense of the word. Con­tin­gency is de­fined as a fu­ture event or cir­cum­stance that is pos­si­ble but can­not be pre­dicted with cer­tainty. Erec­tion of a new Foot­ball Field­house makes a state­ment like noth­ing else that Lin­coln wants to take their foot­ball pro­gram to an­other level.

Should the Wolves host a home play­off game as they did Nov. 15, 2013 (a 27-13 win over Nashville), play­ers and coaches can warm up and re­fo­cus at half­time. That is more eas­ily ac­com­plished when a team can get in out of the weather.

“We def­i­nitely won’t have them hov­er­ing un­der tents in the cold,” said Lin­coln su­per­in­ten­dent Mary Ann Spears.

Spears said the fa­cil­ity makes the daily prac­tice sched­ule flow bet­ter. She cited two key ad­van­tages, “Not hav­ing to trans­port kids back and forth in the school day and our coaches not hav­ing to move around.”

“We’re ex­cited to have it all done,” Spears said.

Har­ri­son is elated about hav­ing ar­ti­fi­cial turf on the floor of the weight room.

“We wanted this as a coach­ing staff,” Har­ri­son said. “We are go­ing to play on this (ar­ti­fi­cial turf), we wanted to lift on it, too. We just had the guys, who put the turf on the field, put down the same sur­face in here.”

As­sis­tant foot­ball coach and head softball coach Beau Collins be­lieves the new fa­cil­ity adds a di­men­sion to home-field ad­van­tage.

“We’re ex­cited to have a place to call home, it makes it a lit­tle eas­ier,” Collins said. “The kids live here. Hav­ing the new field­house gives them a lit­tle more own­er­ship of it. Then, we get to prac­tice on the same field we play on, that makes it a lot bet­ter.”

Strength and con­di­tion­ing coach Stan Kar­ber de­scribed hav­ing the new field­house as “awe­some.”

“The weight room we had over there was small and con­densed,” Kar­ber said. “We went from 1,500-squarefeet tops over there to 4,000 square feet with new weights. It’s go­ing to be awe­some.”

Er­win Starts had been coach­ing in Ok­la­homa be­fore tak­ing a job on Lin­coln’s staff as wide re­ceiver/de­fen­sive back coach.

“One of the things that at­tracted me was when I heard of all the new up­dates to fa­cil­i­ties,” Starts said. “When you have an ad­min­is­tra­tion and a com­mu­nity in­vest­ing in their ath­letes I knew I want to be a part of it.”

Lin­coln ath­letic di­rec­tor Deon Birkes has over­seen the Field­house project along with in­stal­la­tion of ar­ti­fi­cial turf at Wolf­pack Sta­dium. He wanted to avoid tak­ing short­cuts that might come back to bite later on. Birkes said one of his fa­vorite Bible scriptures is James 1:4, ” But let pa­tience have her per­fect work, that ye may be per­fect and en­tire, want­ing noth­ing.”

In lo­gis­ti­cal terms, Lin­coln has given their ath­letes and coaches tools to suc­ceed.

MARK HUMPHREY EN­TER­PRISE-LEADER

Lin­coln head foot­ball coach Don Har­ri­son car­ries a bar­bell as the Wolves move weight lift­ing equip­ment into their new Foot­ball Field­house on Tues­day, Sept. 5.

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