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 (289 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

    Give the Gift of the Outdoors; Purchase Annual Passes Online and Check State Parks on your Taxes

    December 19th, 2014
    by

    Phoenix- For families looking for the perfect gift, why not get an Annual Pass to Arizona’s State Parks? Beginning in […]


    Pinal County Economic Development Director: “A Good Foundation for the Future is in Place”

    December 19th, 2014
    by

    FLORENCE – Pinal County’s Economic Development Director Tim Kanavel says that 2014 saw the Board of Supervisors take tremendous steps […]


    Hayden Senior Center enjoys Christmas luncheon

    December 16th, 2014
    by

    Copper Basin News Hayden’s Senior Center enjoyed a terrific turnout for their annual Christmas Luncheon.


    Bearcats fall to rival Panthers for first time in five years

    December 16th, 2014
    by

    Copper Basin News Freshman Marcos Bueno and senior Ricky Longoria combined for 39 points to lead Superior to a 60 – 56 victory versus Ray last Wednesday.


  • Stories Just For You

    San Manuel wrestlers take eighth place at Red Mountain Invitational

    December 16th, 2014
    by

    San Manuel Miner The San Manuel Wrestling team went 6 – 4 at last weekend’s Red Mountain Inviational, finishing in 8th place and winning the Silver Pool.


    San Pedro Valley Lions Club hosts district governor

    December 16th, 2014
    by

    San Manuel Miner The San Pedro Valley hosted the District Governor Larry Palmer at their clubhouse in Mammoth Tuesday evening Dec.


    Free exercise class offered at San Manuel Elks Club

    December 16th, 2014
    by

    San Manuel Miner There has been a group of people meeting at the San Manuel Elks Club to exercise for some time now.


    State poised to withhold highways funds to Superior and Mammoth for not repaying non-statutory loans

    December 16th, 2014
    by

    Charges by the Arizona Office of Auditor General (OAG) that the towns of Superior and Mammoth misdirected funds targeted for road, bridge and transportation


  • Facebook

  • [Advertisement.]
  • Arizona Headlines & Current Weather

  • Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin