When Coach Matt Campbell was hired at Iowa State, it was to bring his winning ways to Ames.
The youngest Power 5 Coach in NCAA Football knew going in that the rebuilding process of the Cyclone Football program would be just that, a process.
This week marks the first break (bye) week after he, his coaching staff and his players dove in head first, after seven weeks of play of the Campbell coaching era.
“It’s a much needed break,” Campbell said Monday during the Big 12 Coaches Teleconference. “To see the growth inside our walls and inside our family is rewarding. This week the biggest thing we need to focus on is our health, continue our development of our program and continue to grow as a team.”
Campbell is building a new culture in Ames, after four successful seasons as head coach at Toledo. AllCyclones.com asked him what exactly did that culture mean to him.
“The true foundation of a program is trust,” Campbell said. “To sustain long term success in a program it’s a must. First we have a lot to sell here at Iowa State, our program, our facility and our campus. In building trust, it starts with player to player trusting each other, player to their coaches trusting each other and our coaches trusting each other and believing in the process and everything that we are doing here.”
Iowa State defeated San Jose State in convincing fashion for its only win so far this season, but the Cyclones have shown continued improvement holding leads against Baylor and Oklahoma State before losing heart break decisions.
“While we may not be getting things accomplished liked we had hoped in the win column,” Campbell noted. “I see improvement and confidence inside our walls of our building, in our locker room and with each other.”
One thing that Campbell and his coaching staff will do is spend a little extra time this week on the recruiting trail, the high energy coach explained why it’s so important.
“We have to continue to hit the road recruiting letting everyone know about what we are building here at Iowa State,” Campbell said. “It’s not just about finding a great player. It’s important for us to find a great player that wants to be part of what we are building here. One that wants to be instrumental in helping us change the culture here, to bring back a winning attitude to Ames.”
Depth is a major issue for this Cyclone team and Campbell realizes how important this bye week is in a couple of different ways.
“We don’t have great depth here,” Campbell said. “That’s why this week is so important to figure out the perfect balance of how much to work on the practice field, so we can maintain our development as a team but more importantly give some our players a chance to heal and get healthy for the rest of our season.”
The Cyclones will return home next week to host Kansas State.