Miners enter season with new head coach

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

San Manuel Miner

The San Manuel football team will enter the 2014 season under the direction of recently hired head coach David Ward. He takes over the Miners’ football program with 16 years of coaching experience, including two years at the college level as an assistant. He’s spent nine years as a head coach and previously won a state title in Louisiana.

Ward expects to improve a Miners’ team that finished with a record of 4 – 6 in 2013. Eight starters return from last season – four each on offense and defense. Shane Kelly, a fourth-year varsity player, is one player Ward expects to be an impact player this season. Kelly has rushed for over 1200 yards and 16 touchdowns during his varsity career. He also averaged over six tackles per game as a junior. He expects to put up bigger numbers in his final season as a Miner.

Manny Chavez, Armando Sierra, Michael Sanchez, and Bryan Chavez are other players Ward expects big contributions from.

Ward was asked what he expects from his players on and off the field.

“Play sound, hit hard, and know multiple positions,” he answered, simply stating on-field expectations. “Off the field, do not let (players’) egos think they have special privileges. We hope many will join FCA and perform community service to improve the school and maintain its nice appearance.”

Remaining focused, despite setbacks and intense practice habits are among the mental and physical attributes the Miners must display in order to be successful, according to Ward. The team’s ability to run the ball and avoid injury are other keys to success.

Like many football coaches across the state, Ward wants his players to “live in the weight room” when then not on the field. Increasing strength is the foundation of building a successful football program.

The Miners open their season on Friday, August 29, 2014, at Thatcher. The game is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

Andy Luberda (318 Posts)

Andy Luberda began writing for Copper Area News Publishers (CANP) in February 2013 after working15 years in Healthcare Financial Management. Andy covers sports for eight high schools. His stories are published in the Southeast Valley Ledger, Copper Basin News, San Manuel Miner and Superior Sun. Additionally, he has written human interest stories and business profiles. In May 2012, he earned an AAS in Sports Management at Central Arizona College. Andy is currently earning a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from ASU’s Hugh Downs School of Communication. Andy is scheduled to complete his degree December 2014. He was born and raised in Des Plaines, Ill. In 1992, he relocated to Arizona. After a short return to Des Plaines in 1997, he returned to the Phoenix area two years later. He and his wife, Kelli, have three sons – AJ, Kyle, and Kade.


facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
facebooktwitterby feather

Comments are closed.

  • Stories Just Posted

    Support the American Red Cross and become an everyday hero March is Red Cross Month

    February 27th, 2015
    by

    TUCSON— In honor of Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross encourages people to uncover their inner hero […]


    March 3rd Marks the Celebration of U.S. Navy Reserve’s 100th Anniversary

    February 27th, 2015
    by

    Washington DC, – The Navy Reserve will mark its centennial anniversary on Tuesday, March 3rd with a series of events […]


    Gaspard de la Nuit at Desert View Performing Arts Center

    February 25th, 2015
    by

    On Sunday, March 1, at 3 p.m., join The Oracle Piano Society for Picturing Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit, A Musical Soliloquy at SaddleBrooke II, 39900 S.


    Documentary film ‘Power’s War’ completed

    February 25th, 2015
    by

    Pinal Nugget On Feb. 15, 1918 the Graham Guardian newspaper’s headline said “OFFICERS KILLED IN BATTLE WITH SLACKERS”.


  • Stories Just For You

    CPR class held in Dudleyville

    February 24th, 2015
    by

    Copper Area News On Saturday, Feb. 7 a CPR training class was held in Dudleyville.


    Rough section of SR 77 to be smoothed by ADOT, Rios says

    February 24th, 2015
    by

    MAMMOTH – Pinal County Board of Supervisor’s Vice Chairman Pete Rios is pleased to announce that the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) will begin a maintenance/repair project on a section of


    Town of Mammoth operating at a loss, owes more HURF funds

    February 24th, 2015
    by

    San Manuel Miner The Town of Mammoth’s new leadership has wasted little time since taking control in November to discover just how bad the town’s finances are.


    Five Miner wrestlers compete at state; Salas finishes sixth

    February 17th, 2015
    by

    San Manuel Miner Five members of the San Manuel wrestling team, including Marco Salas (Sr-106), Ezra Miller (Fr-120), Francisco Medina (Sr-132), Franky Renteria (So-145), and Max Fisher (Fr-170), qualified for


  • Facebook

  • [Advertisement.]
  • Arizona Headlines & Current Weather

  • Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin