Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

Sports

May 7, 2014

New Colonel at Caverna

Ford announced as next head coach

GLASGOW — Lucas Ford is accustomed to winning. He said that to football players and prospective football players at Caverna on Wednesday in the gym at the high school.

“We will get to work on Monday,” he said to the gathered students.

Ford had just met returning players in the library after it was announced he would be the new football coach. Then all male students in the school were called to the gym so Ford could introduce himself and encourage them to play football.

The new head coach said he has a directive for how to build a program.

“I’m going to teach them how to win; to create a winning environment,” Ford said. “That’s all I’ve been a part of, that’s all I know and hopefully I can bring that here to Caverna.”

The Colonels have not had a winning gridiron season since 2004, when they were 6-5 under Dwayne Hatcher.

Caverna spent a number of years prior to 2003 participating in 8-man football, but the Kentucky High School Athletics Association discontinued an 8-man football playoff system. The Colonels returned to 11-man football district play with the 2003 season with Hatcher as head coach.

Nick Stephens became head coach in 2005 and remained in that position for six seasons.

Jon Sindlinger was head coach in 2011, but left the program before the end of the football season.

Rodney Middleton has been head coach the past two seasons.

“It’s been a rough several years here. I think this program has a lot of potential. I believe we can come here, implement our system and build it up,” Ford said. “I like the small schools. I come from a small school. It’s a tight-knit environment around here. It seems like family and it seems like a good place to build something.”

Ford is a graduate of Somerset High School, according to his resume, where he played football. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and has a master’s in education from Union College.

Ford served as an assistant coach at Lexington Catholic High School in 2007, at Bryan Station in 2008 and at his alma mater since August 2008.

He was a part of Catholic’s state title team in 2007, according to his resume, and Somerset’s 2009 state runner up team.

“I’ve been a quarterbacks coach, a receivers coach, a defensive backs coach, a line coach, I was the special teams coach for a year, the offensive coordinator for a year. I’ve done a little bit of everything,” he said.

While with the Briar Jumpers, Ford said the team ran a spread offense, which is what he plans to run at Caverna.

“You can do one of two things, you can spread it to run, you can spread it to throw. You can do whatever you are best at,” he said.

The coach will establish a training schedule and the players will begin workouts Monday, Ford said. “We’ll start lifting next week. We’re going to do that through the summer and continue on until next school year.”

As of Wednesday, Ford will continue to work in Somerset and will commute.

“I can commute and with the hour difference, I can leave there at 3 p.m. and be here at 3 p.m. I’m going to do that right now until something comes open,” he said.

Somerset is on eastern time.

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