I love vacations.
This is only the second time in my adult life that I have actually taken two weeks consecutively and I got to tell you it was great.
That being said, the work that was waiting for me when I returned was more than what I had hoped.
How did I handle it?
After working Monday, I took another vacation day Tuesday.
I love it!
Actually, I had planned that vacation day for awhile.
I participated in the Wilson Sporting Goods golf outing.
What a great event it was, with several football coaches from around the area playing in the scramble, too.
University of Findlay head coach Rob Keys reminded me Tuesday there are 86 days to his team’s opening game.
Which got me thinking about how it was going for Mike Fell, since he had returned to coach high school football at his alma mater, Lima Senior.
“Really good,” he told me.
Did he say really good at Lima Senior?
The same Lima Senior that didn’t win a game last season.
The same Lima Senior that hasn’t had a winning record in the last 12 years, and had won just 20 games during that period.
“We don’t talk to the kids about last year or the past,” Fell said. “We tell them this is a fresh start.”
Fell left an Ada program that had made the playoffs every year he had been the head coach, to come home to Lima Senior and so far, it has been better than he had expected.
“I’m really pleased with the attitude of the young men. They are willing to be coached. They are excited about some changes with our new offense. Yes, it has been better than I had expected from the start.”
Lima Senior had its football camp last week and Fell said they had good numbers — 75 total kids, including 47 varsity.
He is also excited about “having our eighth grade Lima city kids staying in the city to attend Lima Senior.”
Fell said he went to the Lima junior high schools a half dozen times in the past two months to encourage kids to stay in the school system.
So far, it has seemed to work.
Fell is trying to change the attitude about Lima Senior, in the city, and even in the surrounding areas.
“Lima Senior is a place kids should want to come. It is a great high school where you can get a great education.”
He also hopes to make the football program great — uh, in time.
“We feel we’ll be competitive this year. I didn’t take this job to think otherwise," Fell said. "Our goal is to win the TRAC (Three Rivers Athletic Conference). That may not be realistic right now, but you have got to start somewhere.”
I knew hiring Mike Fell at Lima Senior was a great move.
I can’t wait to see the results on the football field.
We are already seeing it, in the numbers produced in the high school weight room and last week at the football camp.
Lima Senior will open its regular season in Cincinnati on Aug. 31 at the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown versus Beechwood, Ky.
I am excited about high school football being just around the corner.
But I have more vacations to take first.
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