PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - Greene County Tech is hoping its second season under Head Coach Don Simmons will provide some more consistency than they saw in 2014.
Simmons didn't arrive at GCT until July of last year, putting their pre-season work behind. "We were really behind the 8-ball," Simmons said, "It was almost halfway through the season before we really understood what we were trying to do."
The Eagles struggled during the transition and went 1-9 in 2014. The players are feeling a distinct advantage over last year, now that Simmons has a year under his belt. "So much better," Senior Quarterback Tyson Bayird said after Tuesday's practice,"We've had a year under coach Simmons' belt and a year to get all the plays in the book, a year to bond."
GCT Senior Wide Receiver Adam Freeman echoed Bayird's thoughts, "It's a whole lot better," Freeman said, "Last year was kind of rough for us coming in so soon but this year we really got together and we know our plays better than we did last year. I think we're ready."
It's an exciting year for the Golden Eagles football program, they'll be making the transition to field turf and have gotten some time to practice on it early during fall camp. "We had a lot of excitement the first day because we practiced out on our new turf," said Simmons. He told Region 8 Sports that the team can't work on the field right now because of the installation of the new track. "Starting next week we'll be able to get on it whenever we want," Simmons added.
He said that the team plans to practice on the turf at least two days a week and alternate between there and the indoor facility and practice field. "It's kind of an inconvenience for us to drive across town but we need to get on that turf to where we're going to be playing," Simmons said.
Greene County Tech will hit that new turf for the first time on September 4th against Searcy.