With the same enthusiasms and effort given to their college players, Coach Mark Dantonio and his staff worked on basic football skills with possible future Bearcats during the first of three days of their youth football camp.
On the grounds of Colerain High School, youngsters gave their all as parents watched and enjoyed seeing their children learn the fundamental skills from one of the countries top coaching staffs. But while football was the business at hand, players were reminded that several factors make up a top football player. Work ethic, desire and toughness were shown by the many youngsters who came with open ears and the willingness to learn.
With campers gathered around, Coach Dantonio stressed how important they were to the Bearcat football program and about his journey to make sure he was there to work and speak with them on this special day.
Coach Dantonio and his wife have been out of town for the Big East Conference meetings and Coach Dantonio shared with the campers his commitment to be in attendance to help them fulfill their football goals.
As many know, new field turf is being put down in Nippert Stadium and the use of Colerain's turf field was perfect for the camp. Several Cardinal Coaches helped work the camp, and the Division One State Football Champions Head Coach Kerry Coombs was on hand to help coach and make sure the Bearcats had everything they needed for this event. Parents were able to take advantage of the concession stand on this warm day as an excited group of young ladies were working and preparing for another winning season of Colerain Cardinal Football.
While the on the field coaches were at the spotlight. It was the hard work of Football Coordinator John Widecan that helped make the start of camp a smooth one. Without his work the camp would have been a very stressful event for the players and coaches.
While they haven't reached the college level as players, the future Bearcats received treatment just like their college counterparts with top-notch instruction from Bearcats Strength Coach Tim Swanger and athletic trainer Bryan Matson. While there were a few bumps and bruises and some seeing the heat get the best of them, the day went well and no major injuries were reported at the end of the first session.
Campers will regroup on Monday for their second day of intense Bearcat football training under the watchful eyes of the Bearcat coaches.
Here are some photos from todays youth camp.
Photos taken by Dave Berk of Bearcat Insider and may not be used without written consent.