CLOVER — Chad Smith has embraced the Clover High School football program since he became head coach in January.
The 33-year-old has made himself visible in and about Blue Eagle Country.
“We will do everything we can to put a product on the field the fans can be proud of,” Smith said while monitoring weight room workouts last week. The Blue Eagles went 0-11 last season.
Players are buying into the enthusiasm. Smith and the coaching staff welcomed 80 to the initial spring practice, with 53 incoming freshmen.
“Spring practice has been a major success so far,” said Smith, who pumped new life into an Easley program that was 1-21 for the two years before his arrival.
“Our coaching staff is doing a fantastic job.”
He added: “We’re tearing everything down to build it back up.”
The Blue Eagles ended spring practice with a scrimmage last Tuesday at Memorial Stadium.
The regular season begins with back-to-back home games Aug. 23 and Aug. 30 against South Florence and Forestview. The first Region 3-AAAA game is Oct. 4 at Rock Hill, with the regular season finale Nov. 8 at home against York.