The JIm Ned Indians head into the 2018 season with a familiar face at head coach.
Matt Fanning, who was the offensive coordinator for the Indians, is taking over the head coaching job after Jerod Womack left for Stephenville.
Fanning said, “It’s an honor because of the way it happened and the way the kids and the community went to bat for me to have this opportunity, it’s an honor and it’s humbling.”
Fanning comes in with a group of seniors he’s already coached , and the adjustment for the players was rather smooth.
Casey Hall said, “Honestly, it’s not too different because he is a high energy guy like Womack was.”
Cooper Castro said, “He brings a new intensity to the team and he switches his own things around and he really just enhances what we’ve been doing.”
When asked about about the Quarterback position, Coach Fanning could not indicate who will be the starter heading into the 2018 season. He says this position is up for grabs as well as the other starting positions. It’s a clean slate headed into the 2018 season in his first year as Head Coach.
Fanning said, “We don’t have any positions yet, we just have guys that we line up, we’re old school like that, everybody is competing for a job on day one. From JV second squad all the way up, the guys who shine through the course of two-a-days and the scrimmages are the guys who will start for us on Friday night.
The Indians were knocked out of the playoffs by Wall in the second round in 2017, but with a new coach and a team hungryfor the season to begin, expect the Indians to come out firing on all cylinders.
Hall said, “High energy is what we have so it’s basically just getting here and doing what we do.”
Castro said, “I’m just ready to get on the field and start playing. We’ve been through a lot of adversity over these past couple of months. Our motto for this team is Stay Red, throughout all the tough times, hard troubles, just stay us and always lean on each other.”
The Indians open the new season on August 31 at home against Coleman.