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Players turn in pads for coaching assignment at youth football camp

By Steve Smith

FREDERICK — Once Frederick’s summer preseason football camp concluded July 23, several players changed clothes — as well as assignments — and helped run a youth football camp at Frederick High School.


“The transition from being a player to being a coach isn’t too hard,” said Eric Worley. “Even though we are seniors, we still don’t know everything about what we are doing. There is always room for improvement.”


“The transition from being a player to a coach isn’t very difficult,” added Trystin Montano. “It’s just finding a good way to explain stuff to the little kids so they still understand what you’re talking about.”

Caleb Mulvin didn’t think the change was too hard.

“It was a really easy transition from player to coach,” he said. “I think we all enjoyed giving back to the kids. Explaining some of the stuff wasn’t the easiest, but we tried to keep it as simple as possible.”

Worley thought the explanations were a bit difficult.

“When we are talking to people our age or older, we can keep it simple while explaining, other than having to explain every little detail to the younger ones,” he said.

“It was pretty easy explaining the sport I know very well to the kids,” Montano said. “You just have to interact with them more and make sure they are all paying attention and in the end just have fun.”

All three seniors took some of what they learned from previous coaches during last week’s youth camp.

“I did coach them like I was taught,” Mulvin said. “Some of the coaches that I’ve had the chance to learn from are some great coaches with some great coaching techniques.”

“I have learned a lot through 4 years with my offensive line coach, Bruce Kelly,” Montano said. “I just tried to use some of the methods he used when I was a freshman to help the little kids out and make them really enjoy the sport of football.”

. “I learned all the fundamentals three years ago,” Worley said. He picked up the game three years ago, “so I remember the coaches teaching me all of it. I carry what they said to me to the little kids.”

All three may become coaches once their playing days conclude.

“Coaching would be something I would love to do later on,” Worley said. “I love sports and to be around them as much as I can would be awesome.

“This is a fun opportunity to do, to be around young kids and teaching them all the things that we do as a team now,” he added. “I just hope they keep working hard and become great athletes and do big things.”

“I really enjoy coaching and helping kids learn new things and become better football players,” Montano said. “It was very fun. You just had to keep the little ones entertained so they don’t get bored and start messing around.”

Mulvin said he “couldn’t imagine my life without the game.”

“I would love to coach in the future,” he said. “It was a very fun experience for me. Coaching the young ones got me excited for what I hope to be in the near future.”


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