As Farmersville head football coach Zac Quinlan takes charge of the program, he begins to round out his coaching staff.
The coach named Stephen Blassingame his defensive coordinator and Josh Howard his offensive coordinator – the position previously held by Quinlan. Before appointing the new coordinators, Coach Quinlan stressed the importance of finding internal candidates after coaching changes in each of the past two seasons.
Blassingame, also the boys’ basketball coach, earned the promotion after spending last season as inside linebackers coach. Howard, also the girls’ track coach, is stepping up after spending last season as quarterbacks coach.
“My original goal was to create some continuity for our kids,” Quinlan said. “We’re going to do different things in defence, but I wanted to have someone the kids were used to and I trusted to handle the job. Offensively, Josh was a big part of what we did last season and knows exactly what we want to do this season.
Blassingame takes over after the Farmers struggled on defense for most of last season. The team gave up 41.4 points per game last season, including 60 points in two different district games. While the technical staff create continuity, coach Blassingame expects a change in the defensive approach.
“Under Coach Quinlan, I think we’ll see a lot of discipline on the pitch this season,” Blassingame said. “We’ve spoken to the kids and we think they’re excited to lead a defense that we think will allow them to show off their athleticism a bit.”
Coach Quinlan didn’t commit to exactly what the new schedule will be heading into the 2022 season, but was adamant about his desire to be able to change the way they look and create lags for defense.
“We’re just trying to become a stronger defense in what we do,” Quinlan said. “The new scheme will allow us to fly into football, but it will also allow us to be versatile in our coverage and give us more advantages on the pitch.”
Coach Blassingame is excited about the job and the opportunity to lead the Farmers defense. In just his second year at Farmersville, he said the team needed to rebuild their confidence on defense to find success.
“We need to tackle and have multiple guys on the ball at all times,” Blassingame said. “Defending is a passion and I want to see our defensive players having a good time on the pitch and making big plays.”
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By Kyle Grondin • [email protected]