- Feature Story
- Eric Richey
- June 20, 2017 - 5:53pm
When you go to the Offensive/Lineman Camp in Thibodaux, you're never quite sure who you might bump into. Maybe it's LSU defensive line coach Pete Jenkins, 8-time Pro Bowl center Kevin Mawae, or this year new Saints defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen. But the one thing that always seems to be consistent is a strong presence of Riverside players and coaches.
Rebels offensive line coach Joe Trosclair now in his third year coaching at the camp even came as a player.
"I came here as a Junior," said Trosclair. "I just remember that it was a work camp. Every station you have to work hard, keep busting your butt to get better."
Riverside head coach Chris Lachney can relate. He's been coming to the camp for 15 years, 13 of which he worked a station as a coach.
"This camp is important because not only does it teach kids the skills that they need to know up front on both sides of the ball, but it's also one of the last tough camps in the country," said Lachney. "Camps nowadays are becoming more about recruiting and combines, but this is an actual work camp that kids come to get better at football. As long as I'm in charge (at making the decision to attend) we'll always bring kids here."
The Offensive/Defensive Lineman Camp is sponsored by Thibodaux Regional Medical Center Sports Medicine, who provide 20 staff members to the camp, 12 of which are certified and licensed athletic trainers.
"We've been involved with the camp for the last several years," said TRMC Sports Medicine Coordinator Larry D'Antoni. "We go to the extreme. We take a lot of pride in it and take care of the players and coaches as well. We try to make it better every year."
St. James and Lutcher are the other two River Parish teams who participated in the camp. We will feature both of them later in the week.