Smith takes over as head coach at Sergeant Bluff-Luton
By Nick Filipowski, Weekend Sports Anchor - bio | email
Justin Smith jokes with players during metro football media day.
Justin Smith is no stranger to success.
"Give great effort, work and get better every play," he said. "That's what I hang my hat on, if the coaches and kids do that, success is going to follow."
The philosophy led Smith to two state titles in Nebraska while the head coach at Wakefield ('06, '07) and two playoff appearances in four years at Lincoln Northeast. It's a welcome change at SB-L which hasn't won six games since 2008 or made the postseason since 2010.
"We're adjusting really good," senior Darian Tillman said. "We're just coming in every day, working hard and doing what we need to do to get better each day."
"Everyone seems to be understanding the program and buying into, so, I think it's going good," junior Jacob Sandoz added. "The ultimate goal is to make it down to state. We just want to get better every day and improve from last season and keep working hard and getting better."
Smith is implementing his own offensive and defensive schemes, which he says the players are adapting to. But, there are two main aspects of success he's emphasizing with the Warriors.
"They've got to develop that emotion that comes with football," he said. "It's getting there. It's gotten better throughout the week. Learning to play physical. Learning to play with pad level, it's coming along. It's getting there."
"He's really stressing that we need to have a high intensity at all times and maintain a good intensity throughout practice and to come in with high intensity every day," Sandoz added.
Sergeant Bluff-Luton kicks the season off Aug. 30, against MOC-Floyd Valley.
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