Coach Damon Baldwin and his staff welcomed 150 candidates for the 2010 football season at Spring Football. The spring session started on May 18 and will end on June 10 with the annual Spring Game.
“We have over 150 students/athletes out for spring ball,” said Baldwin. “We have a lot of athletes that are new to our program and are trying football for the first time. Everybody is working hard.”
The object of Spring Football is to teach new players the Bulldog offense and defense and to review the system for the returning players. There are about 20 returning lettermen from the 2009 varsity along with the junior varsity and frosh players from 2009. Incoming freshmen do not participate in spring drills but can participate in the summer program.
The football staff has been restructured and “is working extremely well together,” said Baldwin. “It is the most organized and together staff we have had in my tenure.
Baldwin will coach the offensive line and call the offense. Mark Boykins will coach the linebackers and wide receivers and call the defense. Greg Fernandes will coach running backs and defensive linemen. Jason Matthews will coach quarterbacks and defensive backs. Mike Ernst will coach defensive backs and wide receivers. Rheynard Morgan is in charge of coordinating film and video equipment.
In the past, varsity coaches only coached one side of the ball. This year every coach but Baldwin will coach an offensive and defensive position.
The frosh and junior varsity will work together. And each coach will only coach one side of the ball. Jerry Patenaude will be the head coach and will coach quarterbacks and wide receivers. Eddie Brisendine will coordinate the defense and coach safeties. Mike Schuler will coach cornerbacks. Matt Curtis will be in charge of linebackers. Dave Sojourner and Chucky Delacruz will coach the defensive linemen. Brett Germain and Matt Lisowski will coach offensive linemen. Jarrett Pierce will instruct running backs and Paul Smail will coach the receivers.
The new structure will give the lower level players more individual instruction and will concentrate on teaching fundamentals.
Nike has chosen Ramona High School to host a Nike SPARQ Combine on Saturday, June 12. The combine will be free for all of the players in the RHS football program.
“This is an awesome opportunity for exposure for many of our kids in recruiting,” said Baldwin.
Nike will allow Ramona to keep all of the equipment used in the combine.
“We have had more college recruiters visit our program this season than any other season since I have been here,” said Baldwin. “There is a lot of interest in our players. The Nike Combine will give our players even more exposure.”
The Spring Game will be on June 10 at 3 p.m. Admission is free.