As Potomac's varsity football coach, my job doesn't end with the last game of the season. Throughout the entire year, the rest of the football coaching staff and I are continually in the process of developing our current players and looking for future talent.
In order to find student athletes from the DC metro area who are interested in coming to Potomac to play football, we hold youth football camps and clinics on campus during the spring and summer. We also attend youth practices, games, and camps over the course of the year. Once a student shows interest in Potomac, we connect him to our admissions office and invite him to games and admissions events, helping to guide him through the admissions process.
I especially enjoy introducing someone to Potomac who had never heard of or considered the school and watching him go on to have a great experience, whether that involves excelling in the program here or also developing into a college player. Additionally, the older students on the team really take it upon themselves to teach the younger players how to act, compete, and be a student athlete at Potomac. The upperclassmen do a great job setting an example for new players, and this is a wonderful part of the culture here.
Since all of the football players at Potomac play at least one additional sport, they are unable to dedicate the winter season to weightlifting, but many lift weights as part of their winter sport or in Potomac's weights and conditioning class. During the winter and spring, I meet with each returning varsity and JV player to review the season, get to know them a little better off the field, and talk about their summer plans. I also meet with the varsity quarterbacks to review game film from last season and discuss any changes to the offensive playbook for the upcoming season. The coaches meet numerous times to tweak our offensive and defensive schemes in order to optimize players' strengths.
The spring is filled with a preseason parent and player meeting and mini camp practices with Potomac football players in grades 8 through 11. During the summer, we offer weight lifting workouts every day of the week, participate in several 7 on 7 games at Landon or Georgetown Prep, and hold Wednesday evening practices in June and July. Football officially begins on August 17, but it unofficially never ends. It is a difficult and demanding sport, but as we tell our players, the challenge is what makes it great. Go Panthers!