Shaw Looking to Continue Upward Climb
For new head coach Chuck Stamey, being a Shaw Raider is nothing new. Over the last few seasons, he's been serving as the team's defensive coordinator before taking over as head coach a couple of months ago.. a transition that's been smooth and exciting.
"I've known the kids for years, this will be my sixth year going in here at Shaw, so, it's been a pretty easy transition, and it has been fun," he said.
Stamey takes over a team that hasn't been to the postseason since 2012 but has been on an uphill climb over the last few seasons. To take that next step, he says it's all about starting off strong.
"In the past, we've had issues with our non-region schedule of trying to get quality wins and moving forward and a lot of it is just confidence," added Stamey.
Confidence to keep moving forward, and they should be able to since this team is led by veterans like B.J. Knight and Austin Hester… guys who have the opportunity to play division one ball post high school, and are looking to end their careers on a good note.
"I plan on trying to be a better ball manager, a better team leader, more vocal, taking better care of the ball, making quicker decisions and not holding it as long," said Knight.
"When I was a freshman, I used to look up to the seniors when they were here. So I want to set a good example for the people looking up to me," added Hester.
And then there's players like Cam Paulding– a wide receiver who's entering just his second season as a football player. He's making strides on the field– and using his 6-foot-5 stature to gain the upper hand on his opponents.
"It allows me to get the ball more and the coaches give me the jump ball because that's more of an advantage for me because I can go up and get it myself."
Just a couple of the many players who want the chance to play past the regular season, and they'll begin that quest when Shaw opens the season on Friday, August 21st against Luella.