By Chris Lynn for The Robertson County Times
It may be in the heart of the spring sports season, but Wednesday there was a buzz around the East Robertson campus, and it had nothing to do with the postseason starting.
The buzz Wednesday night was about football after Chad Broadrick was named the new head coach after the job had been vacant for five months.
“I actually got the call late Tuesday night and accepted the offer right there over the phone,” Broadrick said. “Wednesday afternoon, I met with Coach (Jeff) Chatman (the East Robertson Athletic Director) and a couple of the assistant coaches, just to get the lay of the land.”
Broadrick comes into East Robertson at an opportune time because the Indians haven’t had spring practice yet.
“I’ve heard that the players have had good attendance for the weight program, but as far as spring practice goes, we’ll start that on Monday,” Broadrick said. “This won’t be a usual spring camp because we’re starting from scratch, but we’ll get some things accomplished and I’ll get to know them and they will get to know me.
“Right now, I think that’s probably the most important thing, everything else will come.”
Broadrick played his high school football just down the road at White House High School, where he played cornerback on defense and wide receiver on offense.
After graduating, Broadrick coached at Station Camp High School for a year before returning to coach the defensive side of the ball at White House for two years.
He was then promoted to defensive coordinator for the Blue Devils for the past two years.
“One thing I believe in is being physical on the football field,” Broadrick said. “I think all that starts on the defensive side of the ball and that’s going to be our identity.
“We’re going to come out and play hard and we’ll be physical and we will compete. The one thing I can say is we’re not going into any game scared. We’ll compete to the best of our ability and if we can do that, then good things will happen.”
Broadrick acknowledged that change isn’t going to happen overnight, but he said that change would happen.
“I know it’s easy to say, but our players will see that it’s not just a bunch of talk, I’ll be proving that every day,” Broadrick said. “I’ll meet with the team on Friday, but I’m also going to meet with each player one-on-one.
“They’ll see my passion for the game and they will learn that I’m serious. We’re going to work hard, but we’re going to have a good time doing it. During the summer we’ll have a day every week where we’ll compete one way or another and while we’re doing that we’re going to be learning. Hopefully, the talk will get out in the school that we’re doing good things on the field and we’ll get some more athletes come out to see what’s going on. That’s the way we’re going to build this is by others seeing changes happen. Eventually I believe this will be a program that athletes want to be a part of, but we’ll do that with action, not words.”