Starting Football Programs

September 9, 2013

Two of the areas’ young coaches are learning how hard it is to either start a football program from scratch or revive one which has taken its lumps for several years. In the case of a new program, like OA, you will fight the numbers game. When your enrollment hovers below 200, you are never going to get the kids out like an East Central will. If you only win one game for two or more years, it is hard to get more than about 30 kids out even if you have 900 in the high school. This is what Chris Nobbe found when he took over the head job at South Dearborn. It is hard to predict which program will prosper faster. OA under Wes Gillman has one advantage in that they will be playing a lot of 1-A schools just like they are. Chris, on the other hand, is faced with playing 3-A to 6-A schools. Even if he has more athletes, his competition level in the EIAC is never going to be easy. Both of these young men had stellar high school careers in football. Coach Gillman came within one game of leading the Wildcats of Franklin County to a state title. A knee injury in the title game probably cost him that achievement. Chris was a 3-sport star at Batesville High School, and despite his size, always played bigger than he really was. He only had one gear and that was wide open. Both of these young men, given enough time, will give their respective schools football programs that they will be proud of.

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Project T3 offering ‘Fun Crayons’
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Medicare Information Meeting @ Brookville Library
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Medicare Open Enrollment is October 1 through December 7, 2015. This is a time when Medicare beneficiaries may make changes in their prescription drug and/or Advantage plans without penalties. The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) provides free, unbiased health insurance information to people with Medicare. SHIP helps those already enrolled or those getting ready to enroll in Medicare to be wise consumers and get the most value for their healthcare dollars. To learn more about your Medicare options, Marj Willer, SHIP volunteer, will be on-hand at several libraries and the Batesville YMCA on several dates.  

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