When Moffat County High School football coaches Chris Dralle, Kip Hafey and Lance Scranton read the cover story of the April, 19 Rocky Mountain News sports section, they all had the same idea.
"We all came to school with the same article to show each other," Hafey said. "We had read about the new Wyoming football coach, Joe Glenn, and we liked what he was about."
The shared admiration for Glenn led to the coaches signing up the Bulldogs for the Cowboy's summer football camp. The team left today for the camp with 34 athletes and four coaches.
"Glenn and the camp really emphasized team building," Scranton said. "That is what we are trying to do with our guys."
Glenn's record of success reaches from NCAA Div. II to I-A, where he is the only coach to win a national championship at both levels. The former University of Northern Colorado coach has yet to coach his first game at Wyoming but, as the article the MCHS coaches read indicated, he has already won over the state.
"He's a proven winner," Hafey said. "He knows how to build a team around the talent he has. Sometimes Division One coaches don't know that because they have so many great players. Glenn is familiar with a high school program where you have to adjust to what you have."
As with most football camps around the country, there will be several individual sessions with position players but the Wyoming camp also provides opportunities for the teams to play together.
"They will get to play seven on seven and possibly get some time with a full squad," Hafey said. "As a coaching staff, it is great to give our guys a chance to have Division One experiences."
Hafey said that, of the 34 campers, all of the juniors from last year's team would be attending as well as a few new guys joining the team for their senior year.
The camp, which is sold out, reports that it will have high school teams from six states. The Bulldogs will be one of the smaller teams.
"We've not had a chance to go to a camp as a team," Hafey said. "This will give us a chance to see a lot of quality teams and give us something to strive for."
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