They’ve both had successful stints as defensive coordinators on state playoff qualifying teams. They’re both Jonathan Alder High School graduates who are young enough to relate to the kids they’re coaching. And now they’re both trying to make a name for themselves as head football coaches in Madison County.
Both Jonathan Alder’s Brett Glass and London’s Kyle Cutler are experiencing things that come with their new titles that they never had to worry about before.
“The phone never stops ringing,” Cutler said. “When you’re a coordinator you pretty much worry about your side of the ball and not much else. But as a head coach you have to make sure everything is in place and everybody is doing their job.
“It’s just something completely different than what you were doing before. The communication piece is just so much different. There a lot of moving pieces that you have to keep track of when you’re the head coach.”
Glass agreed, pointing out the fact that you see things from a completely different perspective as the man in charge of a program, as opposed to a man inside the program.
“I think the biggest thing is you have to broaden your focus and have to see everything from the big picture,” Glass said. “As a coordinator you are only looking at half of what’s going on. As a head coach you have to see the program as a whole, which takes some getting use to.”
Both coaches are at schools with passionate fan bases and high expectations, but also schools that have had some struggles in recent years which is requiring getting the players to buy into new systems.
“I think everybody needs an attitude change to get us back to what got us here,” Glass said. “These kids grew up watching winning football and they think that they can just show up and play for Jonathan Alder and we’re going to win, but it’s not like that.
“We’ve got to re-install a work ethic and ideals that got us here.”
It’s been slightly longer since the wins were last piling up at London High School, but Cutler’s struggles to change the mindset of his players is just as real.
“The kids here want to win,” he said. “They just need us to show them how to win. We have hard working kids from good families and they’re here to work. We just have to get everyone up to speed on what we’re trying to do.
“This community is known for it’s hard-working people. That’s what kind of football team we’re going to be.”
Chris Miles can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 1618 or via Twitter @MadPressSports.