Clint Reed is always positive and upbeat.
He’s even more so this time of year when the Laramie High football coach is a little more than week into practices.
It comes from positive results in offseason programs and camps during the summer, and then implementing plans and strategies Reed and his staff specifically formulated for the upcoming season.
“We are getting better,” Reed said. “Part of it is the maturation of the coaching staff — finding things we like or don’t like in the offseason. Practices are much more fluid with getting a lot of reps in and holding kids accountable to what our philosophies are, while at the same time helping the younger kids coming through the program.
“The pace is a lot faster with a lot of coaching on the fly without explaining a lot of things. Being in year three of my tenure, things like that are running a lot smoother.”
Practices started Aug. 12. The first week of two-a-days had practices at 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Instead of sending athletes in en masse to team camps, players went to more individualized camps.
The receivers went to a 7-on-7 camp at the University of Northern Colorado. The university also offered a camp specifically for offensive and defensive linemen attended by LHS.
“Our numbers our down, and we wanted to make sure we didn’t get injuries over the summer, but were working on fundamentals and technique,” Reed said.
The football players also joined all high school athletes in the weight room and at sportsmetric programs offered by Premier Bone and Joint Centers in Laramie.
The sportsmetric programs focus on injury prevention — primarily anterior cruciate ligaments in the knee — with plyometric exercises.
“Premier Bone and Joint came to me a couple of years ago to offer sportsmetrics and conditioning programs at the high school,” Reed said. “Premier Bone and Joint is also now our training staff.
“So we had a good number of kids getting their lifts in and also getting in their conditioning and agility. Not only are we looking to prevent injuries, but were also getting in shape for the season.
“It was available for everyone in the school and not just the football players. There were even kids from fourth to eighth grades here joining the high school kids.”
Reed said the seniors took two “leadership” trips into the mountains for bonding. The second of those excursions was last Saturday and Sunday.
The Plainsmen finished fifth last season at 4-6 overall in the 10-team Class 4A and lost 37-21 to Cheyenne East in the playoff quarterfinals.
Laramie opens the season at home at 6 p.m. Aug. 30 against Casper Kelly Walsh.