ELON, N.C.— The Elon Football program kicked off the Spring Season with their first practice of 2014.
Not only was it the start of a new season, it was the start of a new era: The Rich Skrosky Era.
Skrosky took over as head coach of the Phoenix last December after a 3-year stint at Ball State. He was previously where he served as the team’s offensive line coach (2006-08) as well as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach (2009-10).
With 26 years of prior collegiate coaching experience, Skrosky is very aware of what to expect on a first day. However, a new coaching staff to go along with new players can create an interesting atmosphere and there were plenty of first day jitters across the board.
“Pretty much what I expected,” said Skrosky. “You know that first practice especially with the new staff, I think everybody is trying to make an impression, everybody’s trying to please, so inevitably everybody forgets to breathe.”
The intensity however, was something every spectator could not forget as they left Elon’s first practice.
Coaches had players switching through a number of drills, making sure there was no wasted time. Skrosky and the staff were very pleased with how the team responded.
“I think the enthusiasm level the body language that the team has really shown all since we’ve been here, has really been awesome,” said Skrosky. “If we see that dip, that is our fault.”
Though the new coaching staff maybe intense, it understands the many burdens on student-athlete’s and hopes that football can be not only challenging, but also fun.
The Phoenix will practice throughout the month of April with the conclusion coming Saturday, April 26 for the Spring Game in Rhodes Stadium.