By Mike DeFabo
Times West Virginian
New coach. New conference. New season.
By all measures, it’s a fresh start for Fairmont State today as the Falcons open 2013 football camp.
Junior running back Daniel Monroe added one more — “new culture.”
“One thing we talk about a lot is establishing a culture here. That’s something that we’ve really been emphasizing — establishing a new culture,” said Monroe. “It’s not just about this season, but also for those behind us to follow in our place.”
The man leading all this change is first-year coach Jason Woodman. The 2002 Fairmont State graduate returns to his alma mater after two seasons as the offensive coordinator at Bowie State.
“The first day is always interesting,” said Woodman, who also spent time as an assistant at Concord, Louisiana State University, Florida State and California University (Pa.). “It’s new for the majority of the team, especially in our situation with three-fourths of our team being brand new.”
Hall of Fame UCLA basketball coach John Wooden is famous for breaking down practice to the simplest level. On the first day, he would show players how to do everything, starting with how to put on socks properly.