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Lachney still much involved in daily process as new Rebels head coach

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  • Spring Practice
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  • George Becnel
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  • May 08, 2017 - 7:45pm

Kash Foley (1) leaps up to make a catch during the first day of spring football practice for Division III defending champ Riverside Academy on Monday afternoon.

Things were different, yet much the same, for Riverside Academy’s first day of spring practice Monday afternoon.

Chris Lachney is in his first year as the Rebels’ head coach, elevated to the top job following the retirement of Bill Stubbs. Still serving as his own defensive coordinator, Lachney was ever-present presence on the field as he’s always been.

“I’m still very much involved on what we are doing on a day-to-day basis,” Lachney said. “It’s my name on it now but I’ve never looked at it like my name wasn’t on it – everything I try to do, I try to do the best way I can and I think the kids understand that and the coaches understand that. Really, it’s just business as usual.”

One thing that was a bit different from past spring practice opening days at Riverside was a sense of positional experimentation.

“We’ve got some guys doing some things, moving positions around to try and give us some added depth and give us a chance to avoid a catastrophe in case something happens in the middle of the year,” Lachney explained. “With that approach, we’ve got some guys doing some different things than we typically do on the first day of spring but what a better time to experiment with that kind of stuff and planning for the future than now.”

That experimentation is due, in part, to Riverside’s baseball team still participating on the playoffs.

“Not only is it good for Riverside that they are still playing and have a chance to win another state championship but what it also does is it gives younger guys and some guys that typically wouldn’t be starters get a lion’s share of the reps. That’s invaluable,” Lachney said.

Other than that, the first-year Riverside head coach said he doesn’t see practices changing much as drills progress over the 10-day session.

“As far as the structure I don’t see much changing,” he said. “We take a marathon approach to practice as opposed to a bunch of sprints. We don’t have a whole lot of problems with tired legs because we plan for it early. We practice for an hour-and-a-half. We sacrifice field time for meeting time and we believe we get every bit of return from it without killing our legs and bodies and all the bumps and bruises. We don’t really need to back off during the year because we never went long.”

Riverside will practice every day through Saturday. The Rebels return to the practice field next Monday through May 18. Riverside will conclude will a final practice as opposed to playing a spring game or intra-squad scrimmage.

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George Becnel is an award-winning journalist and has been a sports writer and editor for more than 30 years.