Itís not like Tommy Dunn hasnít ever sailed on a boat before. Heís just never worn the captainís hat.
Dunn and more than 100 Glen Rose Tiger football players are expected to report for fall practice Monday, officially beginning the 2008-09 year in sports.
ďIíve been through a lot of these,Ē says Dunn who was an assistant coach for 23 years - 20 at Stephenville before coming to Glen Rose as offensive coordinator in 2006 - before being promoted to his first head coaching post in February. ďI know how everythingís supposed to run. Itís just the first time Iíve been in charge of all the details and the little things.Ē
Dunn inherits a team that is largely still intact after making the longest postseason run in school history in 2007. The Tigers advanced to the Class 3A-Division II regional finals before falling to eventual state finalist Celina.
The new head coach is expecting approximately 100 student-athletes at the first practice for 10-12 graders Monday. The total number of high school players will surely top 100 after the freshmen are counted Monday afternoon.
The upperclassmen will practice from 7:30-11:30 a.m. each day, while the freshmen work out from 1:30-3 p.m. The Tigers will hold a public intersquad scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 16, with the agenda including team and individual photos. Scrimmage play against Hico and Lampasas follows before the season and home opener against Mineral Wells on Friday, Aug. 29.
Football players arenít the only ones beginning fall workouts Monday. Volleyball and cross country athletes will also be reporting for practice.
All volleyball players are scheduled practice from 9 a.m.-noon, and cross country runners will work out from 7-8 a.m.
Below is a list of requirements all student athletes must meet before participating in any extracurricular school activities. Also below is a look at the weekday workout schedule, which is subject to change at the discretion of the head coach for each sport.