Harper joins LHS staff as new head football coach

Football coach gregg Harpor discusses some things with Assistant Principle Tony Whitehead. (photo:Brown)

Football coach Greg Harper discusses some things with Assistant Principle Tony Whitehead. (photo:Brown)

Greg Harper joined the staff at LHS this week, taking on the role of head football coach for the upcoming 2014-15 school year.

All the young men who have signed up for football recently went to a meeting at the end of their second block February 21 to learn about who the new football coach is. The players met Greg Harper, former coach from University High in Volusia County. Harper has not only coached for University High, but has more of a football coaching background at the semi-pro Gainesville Growlers, Colonial High School, University High School and Evans High School. Harper has also played football throughout his career at the University of Central Florida on the offensive line and at his high school, Buchholz, where they were state champions.

Harper is excited to become the new coach, as are the players, who believe there are benefits.

“[Coaching] is something I’ve been working for a long time,” said Harper. “[I want the players] to win, get stronger, faster, and it is time to start doing things the right way.”

“I’m happy. It’s like a fresh start with new opportunities,” said sophomore Lane Wells. “I feel like this program can be successful if everyone works as a team and puts their all into every game.”

“I feel like he’ll improve us as a team as well as individually,” said sophomore Easton Connors.

“I’m excited to see what Harper will do,” said Principal Jeff Davis.

In order to be a coach for any sport, one has to apply for the position like it is a job. Harper was recognized and picked to be coach out of the 53 who applied. In order to choose the coach, the school had to advertise the position, and then in order to narrow the number of coaches who applied, the committee had to set certain criteria that each coach had to meet. Eventually it was narrowed down to nine candidates, and the committee chose Harper.

The students at LHS have been preparing for football season since the end of the last season.

“I’m preparing by working harder every day with every chance I get,” said Wells.

“At this moment I am in track, which will help me get faster for my position and the season,” said Connors.

“Ever since last year I’ve been in the weight room trying to get bigger and stronger,” said sophomore Aaron Cash.