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Caldwell ready for a busy summer

May 27, 2003

The first day of practice is still two months away but for new Westover High football coach Jeff Caldwell, each ticking second is precious as he settles in to his new job.

Caldwell, who was hired just one week ago, is ready for the challenge of turning a Patriot program that has had just three winning seasons in its 33 year history into a consistent contender for region titles and the state playoffs.

Whether it is on the telephone or driving in the community, new Westover football coach Jeff Caldwell has been working round the clock to fill out his coaching staff and to meet his new players in his first week on the job.

Jeff Caldwell said "We have certainly a lot to do in a very short period of time. Communication is probably one of the big issues we are dealing with. We are not able to communicate well enough with especially some of the middle school kids that are coming over."

Jeff Caldwell is hoping to do what eight other head coaches before him couldn't.

That is to make the Westover program a consistent winner.

Caldwell's track record shows he knows how to do that with 172 wins at Hawkinsville, Brooks County and Camden County High Schools.

Caldwell was just about to turn the corner in what would have been his fourth season at Stockbridge High program when he jumped at the chance to move back to South Georgia.

He says his first task to build a sense of pride in the Westover football team.

Caldwell said "Just talking to some of the coaches here that is one of the things that may be missing a bit. You have got to be proud of what you do everyday and you have got to be proud of the bricks you work in and you go to school in and we have got to get to that point."

Since he was hired after the school year ended in Dougherty County, Westover had no spring football practice this year.

Caldwell hopes to make up for that the best he can during the summer conditioning program and passing league.

Caldwell adds "We are going to have adjust my normal summer program a little bit from the standpoint that it won't be just weight room and movement work. It will be weight room, some movement and them some x's and o's that we are going to have to try to get into."

While the expectations that a turnaround at Westover will take time, coach Caldwell remains optimistic in pointing out that Dublin played for the AAA state championship last season after they changed coaches during the summer.

posted at 5:00PM by roberth@walb.com