Blue Ribbon Preview: Army

Originally Published: July 4, 2012
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ABOUT

Give Army head coach Rich Ellerson credit; he's not afraid to think creatively.

After watching his team go 3-9 last year, Ellerson shook things up

In the spring, moving several players to new positions, and even tweaking the Black Knights' practice schedule to maximize his team's "recovery cycle, nutrition, and time management."

Ellerson conducted all his spring practices in the morning, to, he hoped, give his players an advantage over their rigorous schedule, which is unique to other non-military academy teams. Morning practices worked so well, Ellerson said, he's considering using them during the fall, to cut down on injuries and get the most out of his team.

"We've like what we've seen so far," Ellerson said. "We don't want to get ahead of ourselves, [but] I'm encouraged by the quality of work that's been done, and what I'm seeing tells me it's a positive. We're chipping away at the nutrition, and the rest-recovery model looks to be better, but we don't want to get caught rooting for something. We want to make sure we step back and look at it objectively. So far, the initial data points we've gotten have been positive."

THE STAFF

Head Coach: Rich Ellerson (Hawaii '77)
Record at school: 15-22 (3 years)
Career record: 75-63 (12 years)

Assistants:
• Gene McKeehan (Utah State '68) Associate Head Coach/Offensive Guard/Centers
• Ian Shields (Oregon State '94) Offensive Coordinator/QBs
• Payam Saadat (Washington State '95) Co-Defensive Coordinator/LBs
• Chris Smeland (Cal Poly '74) Co-Defensive Coordinator/Safeties
• John Brock (Curry College '02) Rovers/B-Squad
• Tony Coaxum (West Point '00) Cornerbacks
• Andy Guyader (Cal Poly '97) Wide Receivers
• Capt. Clarence Holmes (West Point '03) Defensive Tackles
• Robert Lyles (TCU '94) Whip Linebackers
• John Mumford (Pittsburgh State '79) Ddefensive Ends
• Luke Thompson (Assumption '98) Fullbacks/Special Teams
• Bill Tripp (Bridgeport '70) Offensive Tackles
• Tucker Waugh (DePauw '93) Slot Backs/Recruiting Coordinator