The challenges of coaching at a school with a small enrollment. That is what Snow Hill head football coach Tim Richo is dealing with as he attempts to guide the Eagles to their first winning season since 2012.
Pencek: Last year was your first season (0-10), what is your assessment of where this program is in year two?
Richo: My coaching staff and I have been watching a lot of film over the off season and trying to fix things where we went wrong. Also we are looking at keeping the things we did well. We want to have a better game plan for this season.
Pencek: Have you settled on offensive strategy?
Richo: We have most of the same kids coming back. At the start of training camp it really was a matter of trying to figure who is the best fit for the positions.
Pencek: How helpful is it for you to have that experience?
Richo: Before I did not have any experience. Now I have one year working with a group of guys and hopefully this year will be better than last.
Pencek: What needs to happen on each side of the ball for Snow Hill to have a successful season?
Richo: We have to be more aggressive on defense and work on open field tackling. The offense has to be consistent. Last year we changed up the offense because we had a lot of injuries. This year we hope to develop a base offense and just stick with it.
Pencek: Who are some of the players you are relying this year?
Richo: Stanyel Coulbourne will be a junior. He pretty much missed all of 2015. He went down during the third quarter of our first game against Parkside. He’s definitely going to be a big asset to the team. On defense, senior Damian Frye- Beaty has been putting a lot work in the weight room. He has gained 10 – 15 pounds since last season. A-Monty Allen is one the fastest kids in the Bayside and we are looking to use him more in our offense.