C&C 1st Annual Coalfields Coaching Clinic

Coalfields & Co. 1st Annual Coalfields Coaching Clinic

       Coalfields and Company are proud to announce our First Annual West Virginia Coaches Clinic. This year we have speakers from each corner of the state and including coaches from the local universities.

This year’s clinic is going to be held at the Tamarack in Beckley, WV. The date of the clinic is going to be January 20th with registration opening up at 8:00AM.

Register early and take your family to the Winterplace Ski Resort on a discounted price. Register before January 3rd to receive the deal.

Online registration will be available on December 30th.

Clinic Brochure Below

Clinic Schedule

 

Clinic Ticket

Purchase a Clinic online before showing up to the event!

$40.00

Coalfields & CO – Year in Review

With another football season come and gone, and us now spending time pent up in our houses while the snow comes down. It’s a good time to look back and see what went on in the 2017 football season. This was one was as memorable as any, with surprises all over the place and things going pretty much the way everyone thought it would go. We had upsets, we had disappointments, we had players make breakthroughs, and we had teams achieve everything that they set out to achieve. All in all, it was a great year, a year where you could debate number ones throughout the entire season and playoff chances came down to the last week.

 

Breakout Years

We had players that really began to show the type of players they were. Being able to take yourself from a relative unknown player into a player that most fans know is an incredible achievement. Especially in the day and age that we are in.

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  • Kerry Martin (QB, Capital) – The talk about this kid in the off-season was the sense of unknown. No one was really sure if he would develop into a top tier QB in the state or would be a reliable athletic threat that has weapons around him. The first one occurred. He put himself on the map, and possible Kennedy Award Candidate in 2018. The QB picked up a Cincinnati offer throughout the season and put the Cougars on his back in multiple games. This kid is fun to watch and to have a chance to watch him again next year is one to look forward to.

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  • Jeremiah Johnston (RB, Richwood) – An explosive Sophomore from backside of Nicholas County. His name started popping up almost every week midway throughout the year. It was enough where we had to sit down and find his film on the internet. This kid is legit, and he has two more years to go. We can’t wait to see what else he will do, be on the lookout for the Lumberjacks to make a run in the next couple of years.

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  • Malakai Brown (WR, Hedgesville) – The numbers that this kid was through the roof. Almost unbelievable the amount of production this kid did. Not only did he do it in a season, but he did it in his Sophomore season! 81 catches for 1393 yards on 15 touchdowns. There are players who don’t achieve that in a career, much less a season. This kid is special and is one people need to keep a lookout for the next two seasons.

 

Teams That Shocked Us

Going into ranking teams before the season, there is typically a lot of uncertainty when you come out of the first five or six teams in the division. It falls it trying to predict the unknown and use word of mouth to hear who is good and who isn’t. These teams shocked us for a variety of reasons.

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  • John Marshall – These guys came out of no where. I know they knew they were going to be a good squad this year but it didn’t make it down our way. Not playing a lot of in state schools tend to push teams under the radar, but once they knocked off Morgantown, everyone knew that they were legit. Made even more impressive by beating a MSAC team in the first round of the playoffs. The word is that they are going to be better next year, and looking to make another run.

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  • Wheeling Park – We had lofty expectations for the Patriots and for a variety of reasons they didn’t quite meet those. They still made the playoffs and still had a successful season but we had them in the running for a possible state title contender, having them ranked at a pre-season #4. They lost 3 games by a score or less, a bounce one way or another could’ve changed their entire season. You just never know, but it did shock us to an extent to where they ended up.

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  • Liberty Harrison – A team that crept up on the majority of the state throughout the year and no one was really sure how good of a team they were. They recorded one of their best seasons in recent history and capped it off with a win in the playoffs.

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  • Summers County – With a coach leaving right before the season and a shaky start to begin the year. The Bobcats fell off the radar, but they found fire late in the season. They came into the playoffs with a favorable matchup in the brackets. Knocking off two top 5 teams in the process for a Semi-Final berth. One of the bigger surprises of the year and one that shows that it’s a full season of work that determines your season.

 

MSAC Proved It’s Worth

The MSAC again showed that it is still the toughest conference in West Virginia. The brutality of the schedules that these teams have to play is insane to watch. It was almost weekly that we could’ve chosen the state game of the week from the MSAC. 3 of the 4 Semi-finalists came from the conference and the conference had a total of 8 playoff teams. Literally half of the playoff teams came from the league, on the other side of that is that Triple A only has 29 total teams and those numbers should came out to around there.

The beauty of the conference is that each team had its strengths and weaknesses this season. While one team just had another teams number, that same team would struggle against another. The parity in the conference this year was fantastic to watch. Even though the Huntington Highlanders swept through the conference in the regular season, the opening matchup with Spring Valley was not with exception with the weather and it being Spring Valley’s opening game.

For Spring Valley, it was an utter domination at the hands of the Hurricane Redskins that made us ask the question if they could make a run this season. Then questions with Cabell Midland, even though their record didn’t match their ability, it was always a question of will their defense hold up and can this year’s team take the next step. Capital, it was always about them, you would see them go out and put on a great performance but fall over themselves at times to question if they were for real or not.

What can be said, it was another fun year of the conference. We saw many great players that will go on to have great college careers. We saw coaches coach their tails off and make their teams be as great as they could. It is a game of inches, and this conference can define that statement.

 

The Beauty of the Unknown – Single A Football in West Virginia

A Ten Seed won the State Championship.

The Semi-finals included a matchup between the 12 and 10 seed in the division.

Week in and week out, watching the unknown of outcomes made it awesome to debate and talk about throughout the season. There was times where we would see teams have a great record and we were like how in the world did they do that, that probably occurred 5 or 6 times. It made ranking the teams, especially after the top 5 very difficult at times and I’m sure people had their own doubts.

The division sort of played out to where we thought it would end up, did we see Wheeling Central winning it all this year, I don’t think any of us did. We did see the heavy weights come up and prove that they were going to be good. East Hardy, St. Marys, South Harrison, and Midland Trail all did what we thought they would do. Wheeling Central was a slight unknown as we knew they were sort of young, but didn’t know if this would be the season they would grow up.

Below that, Cameron put on another great season but just got the worst possible matchup for them in the first round. Webster County came from no where with a great season, finishing the regular season ranked in the top 5. Richwood and Jeremiah Johnston put together a late season run that squeezed them into playoffs.

I could on and on about teams that were on fire then fell off, or teams that did the opposite with a late season run. There were teams that disappointed this season and didn’t do nearly as much as we predicted they would. There were great battles that determined who were the best teams in the state, and there were absolute shockers that made us question everything. That’s the beauty of Single A Football, and that’s why it needs to stay for as long as it can.

 

The Beavers Did it

We wrote at the beginning of the year quite a bit on the Bluefield Beavers. It was a topic for great discussion and one that led to disagreements amongst the staff. They proved a lot of us wrong with how far they came this season. From an opening season win in the biggest game of the year against a team that seemed to out gun Bluefield all over the field, to a late season run that showed them to be nearly unstoppable at points.

The best part about their season and their run, is that they beat almost everyone that anyone could make an argument would be better than them. They literally removed all doubt this season.

Opening Game Win against Graham – Check

Beat Triple A Opponents Three Weeks in a Row – Check

Beat Virginia Power Richlands – Check

Beat Year in and Year Out Contender Point Pleasant – Check(Twice)

Beat Bridgeport – Check

Beat Star Studded Fairmont – Check

Their resume is impressive, went an entire year without a blemish. They rightfully deserved the title this season, and removed all arguments from the C&C staffroom.

 

 

 

Would’ve loved a rematch between them and the Miners though.

 

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Thanks From Us

We had an incredible time this year doing this. For us, the joy came from the people reading it. We do this for fun but you guys made it even better. The future is bright, brighter than it seems. For us, we have much more to do, and much more to come.

So from all of us at Coalfields & Co, Thank you!

Back Road to Glory- PART ONE: Exposure in the Mountain State

In this three-part series, Coalfield and Co. will cover advice and processes to succeed in being recruited, making a decision, and preparing for college ball life.  The Mountain State is proving to have athlete after athlete under the radar.  Don’t be that uncle who said he would’ve made it to the pros at every family barbecue.  Play it right and get the most out of it (A FREE EDUCATION).

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“Ego and a lack of knowledge is your worst enemy.”

First off, know the system before you start trying to jump in.  College football is a BUSINESS especially Division One.  Coach’s jobs depend on who they bring in and how they perform.  Scholarships are a limited resource of INVESTMENT for them.  They are only going to go down that path if they see promise.  The Division One race is so competitive that they must find players younger and younger- which results in a depletion of the amount of scholarships they give to each class every passing year.  So, if you are a late bloomer- you better bloom hard.  I’m not trying to be pessimistic, it is necessary to know.  If you haven’t had a big school contact you going into your senior year, that ship has sailed.  Junior year is the year for Division One, throw away your ego and realize what schools want you.  Know your opportunities and the deadlines of the levels you are pursuing.  KNOW THE SYSTEM.

If this realization doesn’t sit well with you, walking on is an option- but that is an entirely different article in itself.  This article is supposed to help you get seen so reaching that level is possible or potentially give advice on if that ship is off on the horizon.  A great tip is to pitch to the right people.  I understand you may be five foot eight and two hundred pounds as a defensive end with the motor of Dale Jr’s hot rod- but there isn’t much space on the top level for squatty body lineman.  Take this as motivation to prove me wrong, or take it as advice to go to other schools that picture you playing.  Remember, think of the odds of them in INVESTING in YOU.  Know your ability, always continue working on it, but pitch to people who will want you and not just someone that you want.  Realize when a school is not interested.  PITCH TO THE RIGHT PEOPLE.

West Virginia is not a mecca of exposure, obviously.  Though more Division One athletes are surfacing every year in the Mountain State, most of them come near the cities of Huntington, Charleston, Morgantown, Martinsburg, etc.  Small town players will still struggle to gain traction.  Obviously, even if stupid numbers are put up by a player if it is against smaller schools the feat instantly gets overlooked.  Now, you must become proactive and strategic.  Camps are a great way to be seen and show your talents directly to coaches.  However, picking the right camps is ESSENTIAL.  If you’re not a test out stand out- there’s no point in going to combines.  As said before, if you’re going into your senior year- it is HIGHLY UNLIKELY you’ll pick up on offer going to big school camps.  Find smaller camps that is ran by a multitude of different college coaches that will see you.  CHOOSE THE RIGHT CAMPS.

Finally, forget about it when it comes to football season.  We all know the teammate that has become more focused on playing next year than with the brothers he only gets one more season with.  It’s like rushing through the actual Road to Glory on NCAA 14 trying to get to college- it can hinder the experience.  Just remember, there’s nothing like high school ball.  College is fun, but it is completely different.  If you have talent and you have drive- you will succeed.  Focusing on your grades and finishing your senior year strong will pay dividends when it wraps up and things get serious.  That’s when you start finding your options and work towards a decision.  I’ll cover that next time, don’t worry.  FOCUS ON YOUR SEASON.

Summarizing, it was not meant to imply that you should let your size, speed, or current ability decide what you strive for.  Simply put, if you want to go big- you need to be seen as early as possible.  If it is too late (going into senior year), don’t miss out on opportunities for schools that would be willing to give you FREE EDUCATION because you are too busy chasing the big dawgs.  If you’re really struggling, find someone who went through the process.  Listen to people who have done it or have dealt with the process, not just anyone who thinks they know what to do.  Ego and a lack of knowledge is your worst enemy.  LISTEN TO THE RIGHT PEOPLE.

BONUS TIP: No coach wants to watch a twenty-minute highlight tape.  Trim it down to 3-6 minutes, include plays that have good technique, and don’t use that same god awful Hudl song in every video.

This is Home

No one can explain it, it’s tough to really talk about to people who aren’t from here. It’s a disconnection from the outside world. When you leave the area, even if it is just for a few days, you do have a slight sadness of missing home. I can only imagine what that feeling is like for those who are hundreds of miles away from here. For many of us, this is home, these mountains, these people. It’s cliché to say but it’s true. Even for those who are desperate to get out of here as soon as you can, there will forever be a piece of you that has grown with these mountains and grown with these people. There is always a piece of you that stays here, and there is always a piece of here that will go with you where you go. That is what lead us to starting this blog.

You can’t find better people than the people from the Mountain State. Being all over the country and many places around the world. Those who live in West Virginia are bar none to anywhere else. Our passion, work ethic, love for family and neighbors are one of a kind. It’s a special breed of people who love their athletics and love their hometowns. It gets shown over and over the type of people that we are. From the floods that ravaged the state in 2016 to the water disaster that struck a few years ago, and the many of mining disasters that plagued our history for hundreds of years. The type of people that make it through that, those that will literally give all that they have for a stranger, and the ones that care about their community stronger than anywhere in the nation. They have stories that never get told, that’ll never slide out of these mountains.

 

That is what we are trying to do…to tell those stories.

 

Friday night in West Virginia is special, entire towns and communities come out in droves to watch the games. When people see and hear how it is like you see in movies or read in books, West Virginia is one of those places where that truly occurs. Generations of families come out, where grandparents participated on the same fields many years ago and the same traditions still take place throughout the time. Where high school sweethearts now watch their children play on those fields. The place where tradition still has meaning in many of these backwoods places. Towns that will literally shutdown to go pack these old stadiums. A place where a game between two communities has bragging rights that go back 75 years and those that will last a life time. Where the smallest of schools in the state can make it feel like the biggest game in the country on a Friday Night by just how intense their love for their community, their school, and their people is.

 

That is what makes it special…because this is the only thing that many of these communities have.

 

That’s what we are trying to do, to show the rest of the world how much these communities love their schools. From the largest schools in the state pushing 2,000 students to the small community schools that barely have 500 people in the entire town. We want to tell their story, we want to put schools that never get talked about on the front page, we want to show the world why the Mountain State is an amazing state for athletics.

This is what we know…this is home.