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April 14, 2013

Building the wall

Kangaroos head football coach Weldon Nelms excited about new challenge

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“I’m not a magic man with special potions or anything like that,” he said. “I’ve been a builder throughout my career, and I have always had a deep passion about working with the kids.

Nelms has brought some help with him, to install the system which has garnered an exemplary amount of success, recent as well as throughout the coach’s tenure.

The Roos offensive coordinator is  Jerod Fikac, while Dick Smith will head up the Roo defense. Secondary coach Kip Holt, also heading up the strength and conditioning program, is already on board, as well.

Ricky Beaty, a former quarterback for Nelms, will officially join the team in the fall.

“It’s a big help having those guys along, since they already are familiar with our schemes,” Nelms said. “There are great coaches everywhere, and already here at Weatherford, as well, but it will help us install the system faster. 

“They are family men and hard workers, and fully realize we are here on a mission.”

The Weatherford Football Booster Club is illustrating their excitement  about Nelms taking the Roo reins with a meet-n-greet, which will be held on Monday, at Kangaroo Stadium. The welcoming event will preface the start of the spring drills.

The Weatherford head coach does not stray far from his main intent when talking about building “the wall” with the kids and the coaches. He is convinced the method is tried and true. There’s nothing in a successful history to suggest otherwise.

[This profession] is the ultimate opportunity to touch kids lives,” he said of coaching. “It’s not just about winning games — the winning takes care of itself after you’ve taken care of the little things. 

“And that’s what we’ve tried to impress on these kids in the short time we’ve been here.

“All of this is exciting to me, to make this program what it needs to be. And if I don’t, I hope they run me off and get somebody else, because these kids deserve that.”

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