Basic training for future Admirals

Three-day camp gives area youth inside look at high school level before season

FHS assistant coach Tom Doucette watches as two young football campers battle over a football during a loose-ball drill. As the 2015 football season looms for area youth and high school players, preparation has already begun.

But that doesn’t mean that Farragut High School football coach Eddie Courtney, his coaching staff and some players couldn’t make time to help the community’s aspiring future gridiron stars.

Courtney and the Admirals spent three days last week hosting the Farragut High School Youth Camp at FHS. The event, which concluded Friday night, hosted more than 200 youth football players.

The weather was sultry but that couldn’t zap the spirit of coaches, instructors or campers. They worked hard while parents searched for a shady resting spot.

“I guess this is pretty special,” Admirals junior quarterback Adam Fulton said. “I wasn’t too long ago that I was in this camp. “This gives these young players a chance to get an inside look at what Farragut High School football is like before they get here.
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Michalski named ‘USA Today State Coach of the Year’

Hawks USA Today Coach of the Year Joe Michalski has a umpire conference during a home game last season. The postseason honors just keep rolling in for Hardin Valley Academy baseball coach Joe Michalski.

Michalski, who guided the Hawks to a Class AAA State Championship in 2015, was recently named the USA Today/American Family Insur-ance All-USA Coach of the Year for the State of Tennessee.

That award comes on the heels of Michalski being named Prep Xtra Coach of the Year in June.

Michalski may be reaping the benefits of a season that saw the Hawks go 31-15 and win a pair of elimination games on the road in a State Sectional and in the opening round of the Region 2-AAA Tournament, but he’s giving credit to those around him.

“It’s special to win an award like this and I would be silly to say that it wasn’t,” Michalski said. “But this is about our players and my coaching staff. It’s great to share this award with my assistants and my players.

“Coach Matt Pattillo and Zach Luther worked very hard. From the time that they woke up in the morning until the time they went the bed at night, they were always searching for new ideas to help us win.
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