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Brook putting new spin on summer conditioning

June 29, 2018 GMT

Lupe Florez is learning there’s more than one way to skin a cat, or in this particular case, to hone a Wolverine.

The first-year Clear Brook head football coach has his troops muscling their way through summer conditioning via Volt Athletics, whose chief guru is Boyd Epley, who served as the University of Nebraska’s strength coach for 35 years.

“It’s something we’re trying this year,” Florez said. “I just got tired of doing the same old workout that everybody’s been doing the last 20 years.

“It’s an online application that kind of designs our workouts for us, but allows us to go in there and adapt it to our program. Each block is programmed by certified strength and conditioning coaches.

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“Instead of having a football coach we call a strength coach, we actually have strength coaches that program it for us. So far, it’s turned out great. My goal is to have a 21st century weight room, and that’s what we have right now.”

“We can’t afford an $80,000 a year strength coach, but we can afford $2,000 so they can design our stuff for us.”

Not only is the program working well for Clear Brook, participation numbers are appealing, also.

“I think we’re averaging about 300 kids per day,” Florez said. “We’ve had a pretty good turnout every day, and the kids are working their tails off.”

In addition, the Wolverines also qualified for the state 7-on-7 tournament for the second straight year.

“We’ve had a bunch of kids stepping up and making plays, and they’ve done a good job of spreading the ball around,” Florez said. “Our offense that we’ll run here at Brook is not similar to 7-on-7.

“Our passing game is maybe a fourth of what we’ll do.”

One clear advantage Florez has now which he didn’t have upon his arrival is a full coaching staff.

“It’s pretty much a new coaching staff, but I’ve been able to make some exciting hires,” he said. “I’m eager to see where this staff can take the program.

“We’ve made great progress. It was slow at first not having the coaches in place. My hat’s off to the outgoing coaches because they stuck around and worked with me during spring ball.

“They taught the kids what I wanted to teach, and they were a big help to me. We were able to go outside and work offense and defense, and we got a lot of our install done.”

Florez said portions of the running game still need to be installed as well as some of the screen game. Additionally, the Wolverines were able to input their base defense.

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“The good thing is that the kids are smart,” he said. “They’ve picked up on everything I’ve thrown at them.”

Brook was recently tabbed by Texas Football magazine to finish fourth in District 24-6A this fall, which translates into a playoff berth.

“Every coach out there doesn’t like being picked below first, but that just gives us a chance to prove that we are better than a No. 4 team,” Florez said. “My ego and my heart says we’ll be a top 20 team in the state, but you have to get out there and prove that.

“We’ll just grind and do what we do. It doesn’t matter where you finish one through four, they all go to the playoffs, and all four have a chance to win.”

tdunnam@hcnonline.com

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