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Old 04-22-19, 05:47 PM
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Andrew Coverdale is currently the offensive coordinator at Trinity High School in Louisville, Kentucky, where—in two stints on the Shamrocks’ staff—he has been a part of four state championship teams. Before assuming his present position in 2006, he served as the head football coach at Castle (IN) High School for three seasons. He has also been on the interscholastic football staffs at Brown County (IN), McClutcheon (IN), and Noblesville (IN), as well as serving on the staff as an assistant coach at Taylor University. A 1993 graduate of LSU, Coverdale is widely respected for his thorough understanding of offensive football and for his ability to teach players at all competitive levels. A much sought-after clinic speaker, he has written a number of well-received instructional books and has been featured on 11 instructional DVDs.

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Old 04-22-19, 05:51 PM
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Coverdale has built one of the nation's most potent offenses.

His has an unlikely path to quarterback coaching. He only played football through the eighth grade. He was a student manager in high school and an equipment manager in college.

Not the typical quarterback coach route.

Andrew Coverdale dealt with the rejections and quizzical looks from coaches with whom he interviewed. They would ask him where he played and when his response was that he hadn’t, they’d politely thank him and send him on his way. But he persevered, kept pursuing his passion and became a quarterback coaching expert. How he did it is an interesting tale. Why he did it was simple: he loves the game.

He’s written several books on the subject and currently serves as offensive coordinator and quarterback coach at one of the nation’s finest football programs, Trinity high school in Louisville, KY. Working with head coach Bob Beatty, Coverdale has coached quarterbacks that have won a collective seven state championships in the state’s largest school classification.

Insisting that he possesses a “quarterback’s mentality inside a lineman’s body,” Coverdale attacked learning about the art and science of quarterbacking at every level. A constant pest to high school coaches and even in college at LSU, he learned not by playing, but by watching, listening and soaking up every crumb of knowledge about the game and the position that he could.

“I wasn’t a very good player,” admitted Coverdale, “but I did pester my high school coach relentlessly. He let me serve as a manager and I learned the game that way. He even let me run the scout team one year.”

His time at LSU was not wasted. He looked for opportunities to expand his knowledge of the game under head coaches Mike Archer and Curly Hallman—the man who coached Brett Favre to a great deal of success at Southern Mississippi before leading the Tigers at LSU.

“I went to LSU as an equipment manager and that let me be around a lot of great coaches,” Coverdale said. “They were very accessible and very accommodating for a guy that was a huge pest. It’s difficult because the first question that most people ask you when you’re trying to break into the coaching ranks is ‘Where did you play?’ So there were a lot of notebooks that got shut and a lot of interviews that ended when I told them I didn’t play.”

Working his way through several high schools in his home state of Indiana, Coverdale is grateful to those who gave him opportunities to learn and implement his thoughts along the way.

“I volunteered at a high school in Lafayette, IN in 1993 and just went from there,” he said. “I was fortunate to find some people who were willing to mentor me and put up with me. My roots can be traced back to a handful of men who took a lot of time to bring me up in the profession, teach me to respect the profession and how to coach.”

An early influence included a high school coach who had a profound impact on the little things that went with coaching the quarterback position.

“A lot of that started with Dan Robinson, who is the second coach I worked for,” Coverdale said. “He just had a really comprehensive approach in how he trained his guys, what he expected out of his guys, how they were not just another position. His son had played quarterback for him so you hear the cliché of the quarterback being an extension of a coach and I got to see what that looked like through his son Scott. Dan created a bar where the whole concept of training him, teaching him, giving him the tools and then exercising them (those tools) and letting him be that guy on the field. Giving a quarterback a lot of leeway to make plays and giving them a framework. Setting the bar high for them; making demands of them; but then really letting them run the show and manipulate the chessboard so to speak.”

Growing up in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, Coverdale witnessed some great quarterbacks in the primes of their careers. Bradshaw, Montana, Fouts, Marino and many others. But he watched Montana and Fouts more closely than the rest.

“I grew up in the Joe Montana/Dan Fouts era,” he said. “There was the fluidity, grace, smoothness and precision of Montana; there was the accuracy and the grit and the toughness of Fouts. As a young coach, I had those pictures in my mind, but I also had the winning example of how Dan Robinson trained his guys at Northwestern high school in Kokomo, IN in 1994.”

Using those two talents as his model, Coverdale quarterbacks contain a certain type of poise on the field. You can see it in the way they execute fakes and how they set their feet to survey the field.

“We get kids who have had some exposure to big game already,” he said. “The fact that so many of our guys have played in the Louisville Catholic School Athletic Association and have played in big environments—the Toy Bowl is a big environment—and they’ve learned to thrive in that. We try to put them in pressure environments. Because of the tone coach Beatty sets, I think that anybody who has been to one of our practices would agree that there’s pressure on the kids to perform on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (at practice) so that some of that poise will carry over into the game. We try to create some of those situations so that they’ll have to react to them.”

All the good ones have common traits; generally they have good footwork, a must for a Coverdale signal caller. He’s a stickler for details and having a strong, solid, sure base from the hips down is vital for a good passer on any level.

“There is a component built into our program about constantly emphasizing the feet,” he said. “Steve Young once said, ‘Ninety percent of the bad throws you make are from the hips down.’ So there is a lot we do in the off-season in terms of ‘the quiet feet.’ It has to come from a kid who has a fundamental poise overall. We make them do a lot of live throws with pressure around them.”

It is precisely that type of attention-to-detail in Coverdale’s coaching that makes him successful on the field. He is also humble enough to know that his student-athletes can teach him a thing or two about coaching as well.

From two-time state champion, Orange Bowl champion and 2nd round NFL draft pick Brian Brohm: “I’ve learned from every one of my quarterbacks,” Coverdale admitted. “One of the major things I learned was that you had to have a flexible system for a kid to read a defense. Some coaches teach that you read from one to two, other coaches say you key a defender and work opposite him. Brian saw the field in a way that was different from all of that. He had a feel. I had to coach him differently. I couldn’t put him in the same box because it would have limited him in some ways. We had to have a system that could accommodate his vision of the field. That is one really big thing that we continue to talk about even now.”

Even now, as Trinity continues to develop premier quarterback talent like current junior Travis Wright, defending state 6A champion quarterback.

“In some ways he breaks the mold,” said Coverdale. “Travis throws a real catchable ball. And he is really athletic, too. We give him a lot of pictures of Drew Brees.”

Breaking a mold is what Coverdale has done as a coach. He had a passion for the game at a young age and turned it into a vocation; a vocation that has touched many through his work at clinics, his books and his work on the field.

It is a legacy rooted in fundamentals as much as it is in the talent he has developed.
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Old 04-22-19, 05:57 PM
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The Specht-Coverdale relationship stems from the Shamrock-Bomber series that went from 2007-2012 and then developed through USA Football.

Welcome to Bomber Nation Coach Coverdale!

GO X!!
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Old 04-22-19, 06:33 PM
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2019 Roster
QB: *Wyatt Hudepohl, *Matt Rueve, Liam Clifford, Brogan McCaughey, Jack Wyche, Ryan Nolan, Max Klare, Brennan Bareswilt
RB: *Kellen Newman, *Ben Bracken, Luke Vrsansky
WR: *Liam Clifford, *Marshall Lang, *Drew Maier, Jack Cook, Justin Wittrock, Lucas Cates, Jalen Patterson, Elijah Jordan, Andrew Britt, Elijah Kirk
OL: *Jack Kirby, *Paris Johnson, *Gio Albanese, *Nate Uhl, Jake Sizemore, Jackson Wassler, Cameron Collins, Brian Parker, Jack Renneker, Matt Prophater
*varsity experience
Let's look at the pieces Coach Coverdale has to plug into his high powered offense.

It starts up front with the FOOLS and there will be no shortage of talent there - returning are seniors Paris Johnson (Ohio State) and Jack Kirby (Penn) along with the big juniors (Sizemore and Wassler) and ultra talented big bodied sophomores Collins, Parker and Renneker Those 7 will allow Uhl and Albanese to move back to the DLine which was hit hard by graduation.

Now let's look at the receiver positions where Coach Coverdale can use the explosive Liam Clifford as the next James Quick. With the graduation of Jared Kreimer, Liam will be the big play wideout and I expect Clifford to see some action in the Bomber defensive backfield

D1 prospect and big target senior Marshall Lang can move between tight end and wideout and fellow senior Drew Maier is a solid possession guy that will line up in the slot.

There is a ton of underclass receiver talent and who earns playing time at the X, Y and Z positions is anyone's guess. You've got Jack Cook, Justin Wittrock, Lucas Cates, Jalen Patterson, Elijah Jordan and Andrew Britt (former QB) all of whom saw significant minutes on the JV team last season and then Elijah Kirk who was the standout on the frosh team.

Returning running backs include hard running Kellen Newman and the traditional north south runner Ben Bracken. I would not be surprised to see 160 pound sophomore Luke Vrsansky earn the bulk of the carries as Bomber coaches have likened him to a mix between Sollman (1993 state runner up) and Cionni (2005 state champ). Unsubstantiated rumors have Newman not back this year to concentrate on track.

And on to the QB position, Coach Coverdale's bread and butter.
No shortage of talent here especially in the sophomore class.....Brogan McCaughey, Jack Wyche, Ryan Nolan, Max Klare, Brennan Bareswilt
But the position is Wyatt Hudepohl's to lose as he has been working hard in the offseason when he is not on the mound.

Will Coach Coverdale want to convert Liam back to QB?
Will he want to bring Tucker back to the offense to help run the ball?

Time will tell, but one things for sure.
These are exciting times for StX on the offensive side of the ball.
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2-3 sophomores earn significant varsity time each season
Past 10 years.....

Class of 2021: OL Gio Albanese, WR Liam Clifford
Class of 2020: OL Jack Kirby (Penn), OL Paris Johnson (Ohio State)
Class of 2019: LB Thomas Kiessling, WR Jared Kreimer (Holy Cross), Matt Mohn
Class of 2018: RB Cameron Specht (Dayton)
Class of 2017: QB Sean Clifford (Penn State), OL Matt Bockhorst (Clemson), WR Colton Paul (Ashland)
Class of 2015: NG Simeon Lane (Princeton), LB Cole Jones (Army/Indiana/Miami), RB Ben Glines (BC), LB Justin Hilliard (OSU)
Class of 2014: RB CJ Hilliard (Iowa) and WR/CB Ryan Frey
Class of 2013: WR Trey Kilgore (Michigan St), WR Kevin Milligan and LB Mark Jacob (Buffalo)
Class of 2012: DE Nate Gerbus (Miami OH), C Brandyn Cook (Miami OH), RB Conor Hundley (Akron)
Class of 2011: LB Steve Daniels (Boston College), LB Sean Duggan (Boston College), OL Jack Woodall
Next year's sophomore class has the real potential to have 6 players getting significant varsity playing time
3 on defense: DL Sam Buerkle (a bigger/badder version of his brother Jake), CB Marque Cunningham (played JV last year, great cover corner), LB Grant Lyons (6'1" 190lb as a frosh, classic Bomber LB with a nose for the ball)
3 on offense: C Brian Parker (6'4" 250lb steam roller ala Brandyn Cook), G Jack Renneker (excellent technique and footwork), RB Luke Vrsansky (a cross between Sollman and Cionni)
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The class of 2022 is probably the most loaded class since 2015 or maybe 2008
In addition to the 6 sophomores listed above there are others who could play pivotal roles.
One of the QBs in that class will likely backup Wyatt.
The best of the group are Jack Wyche, Brogan McGaughey and Max Klare
Tackle Cam Collins could compete however I look for one of the juniors (Wassler or Sizemore) to be the right tackle opposite Paris Johnson.
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The class of 2022 is probably the most loaded class since 2015 or maybe 2008

In addition to the 6 sophomores listed above there are others who could play pivotal roles.

One of the QBs in that class will likely backup Wyatt.

The best of the group are Jack Wyche, Brogan McGaughey and Max Klare

Tackle Cam Collins could compete however I look for one of the juniors (Wassler or Sizemore) to be the right tackle opposite Paris Johnson.
Wow!
We actually got Coverdale??
This is gonna be fun!
Coach C has got to be as excited as we are; he's got a good mixture of experienced upperclassmen and at least 5 legit future Div 1 incoming sophomores to groom.
If Hudepohl and Rueve sputter at all, Coach C will have a very athletic(Kreimer-like) & well-trained McCaughey to take the snaps infront of a strong but young O-lineman anchored by Paris.
Not sure Vrsansky is an every-down back yet but if he puts on muscle over the summer, u never know.
Now add Clifford(stud), Maier, Lang, Jordan, Kirk, & Britt at wideouts, Coach C has to love the future at X.
Seems some of the 2023 Qs, although athletic, need to change positions(rumor has it a couple have moved already) since there won't be enough time, footballs nor do they all have potential to lead the varsity offense and they could be used elsewhere(i.e. DB, S and/or DE).
Maybe Clifford is willing to run the ball...he would b an high-school weapon in the back field...coupled with potentially, having a sophmore, McCaughey at Q, we will need a running game, not just the sophomore running for his life.
Utopia is Wyatt is consistent & earns the respect in the locker room or Rueve steps-in & plays with confidence then McCaughey can learn the system (plays where needed) but gets most of the reps on Saturdays w/JV...this is assuming JV uses a condensed varsity playbook.
There are some holes to fill but they can be filled with more advanced athletes than what has been around the past 3-4 years.
The future is bright for Bomber nation!
No pressure Coach Specht & Coach Coverdale
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