Gina Pernicano’s second camp stop today was at Fox Lane, which started to officially reign in a new era:
For Quinn, a guidance counselor at Fox Lane Middle School, it wasn’t until recently that he realized how many “hats” he would be wearing as the team’s chief.
“I think the biggest challenges are just looking beyond just the pure coaching aspect of the role,” Quinn said. “I’ve always focused primarily on specific positions as an assistant coach and now it’s more global responsibilities. In regards to meeting with reporters, meeting parents, fundraising, ordering equipment, etc., these are now all things that I have to handle, along with managing the future of the varsity, junior varsity, and modified teams.”
While replacing retired coach Bill Broggy will be difficult, Quinn is determined to incorporate Broggy’s core concepts of planning practice down to the minute, paying great attention to detail, and above all, making sure every drill has a purpose — and do it all while putting his own touch on the program.
“I’m not an old-school screamer, I’m more cerebral in the sense of being a teacher on the field,” Quinn said. “I want to instill values in the players that they’re going to carry throughout their lifetime and I think my position as a guidance counselor has a big part in that. I want all my players to get the best experience they can and that they can take the values of teamwork, dedication, and punctuality with them long after football.”
Senior quarterback TJ Hallock hopes to also promote this philosophy, serving as one of the team’s biggest advocates for leading by example. His go-to targets on a roster of 45 will consist of senior split end Kevin Muller, who worked his way into the starting lineup last year, and senior tight end Nick Grasso, who missed several games in 2010 due to injury. Joining them will be single back and wide receiver Spencer Chernas, along with senior Anthony Grasso in the slot and strong safety role.
“I really see that we’re opening up the offense and doing some creative new stuff that is really going to benefit us,” said Hallock, who also plays defense. “I’ve already had this transition with Quinn and I think he’s the right guy for this job. He’s taught me that hustling up to the ball is important since last year we were a little more relaxed so I think getting to the ball faster will catch defenses off guard.”
With reigning champ New Rochelle as the opponent in their 2011 debut, the Foxes already know they have to make a name for themselves early on in Class AA and will rely on their senior-heavy squad to ignite a similar start to last season, when they went 4-1.
“We’re one of the smaller schools in Class AA but we can hold our own,” Hallock said. “We have players who have been together for the last couple of years and that team camaraderie should help us.”