Newly hired Minden High School football coach Spencer Heard wasted little time as he works to rebuild the Crimson Tide.
Heard and his team were out on the practice field Tuesday working to install his new offense.
"Things are going well," he said. "The kids seem ready to go and ready to learn. They seem excited and they just want to go out and win some ball games."
Heard said the team has installed about half of the new offense in about three summer practices.
"Normally we would done this during the spring," Heard said. "But the kids are picking it up pretty well."
Heard said things went well the first time he met with his new players.
"I told them a little about my background and my philosophy. I also told them my expectations for them and the program. It was a good first impression."
Part of that good first impression was the offseason condition of the team. Heard was impressed with the work the team and assistant coaches did over the first part of the summer.
"I think the coaches have done a very good job with the kids since school let out," he said. "I can tell they've been working hard just by watching them lift the weight they're lifting in the weight room."
Heard said that he talked to the coaches about personnel when he arrived at the school, and that he's watched some film from last year, but he will let the players enter fall camp with a clean slate.
"I've glanced at some film, but sometimes when you change systems, kids might not fit in the same way as they did in the last one," he said. "We may have some position changes and such, and some kids may fit this
scheme better than they did the last one. But I've talked to the coaches and we have an idea of what we want to do."
With Heard getting a new start at Minden High, he wants all the players, current, former and future, to get a new start as well.
"I told the guys that if they knew of anyone who wanted to come out, tell them to come out," he said. "If they played before and quit or if they never have played we want them to come out and have an opportunity to be part of this team."
The Crimson Tide will open their season September 6th at Southwood.