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Riverside’s Dizer a Rebel with a new cause at spring practice

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  • George Becnel
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  • May 07, 2018 - 7:30pm

Riverside Academy offensive linemen give the block sled a workout during the Rebels' opening day of spring football practice on Monday afternoon.

Kevin Dizer is a Rebel with a new cause.

After serving as an assistant at Riverside Academy for the last three seasons, Dizer is conducting his first spring practice as the Rebels’ new head coach.

“I’m super excited to be out here for the first time,” Dizer said Monday during the team’s opening day of spring practice. “I’m curious to see to see what some of the new guys can do and just looking forward to getting 2018 football under way and seeing where we are and how much work we’ve got to get done for that first week.”

Dizer is Riverside’s third head coach in three years. He worked as secondary coach under both Bill Stubbs and Chris Lachney.

“I still will be coaching the secondary,” Dizer said. “Now, I’ve got to wear a lot of other hats and really pay attention and be able to help wherever else I can help. I still will be coaching the secondary, but obviously, I’m responsible for a lot more stuff now.”

The opening day of spring drills was an eye-opener for more than just a young Rebels squad with Riverside featuring a number of new coaches.

“It’s completely different,” said Dizer. “I’ve always been so focused on my job and my individual position and never really watched the other coaches work. I’ve been so locked into what I’ve got going on and now I’m getting to see how the other coaches work and kind of get to coach more of the kids. That’s certainly going to be different to me.

The Rebels can expect a physical spring, according to Dizer.

“We will be full pads the whole spring. It’s important for us to get out here and be physical. I’m not so much worried about what we learn this spring. We’ve got to see who can play. We lost a lot of great guys from that last senior class so we really have to identify kids who can play so we will get after it and play some tackle football,” the new Riverside coach said.

The best way to determine who can play football, Dizer said, is through physical play.

“You’ve got to play tackle football,” he said. “As coaches, we have to keep it really simple. That will be the focal point of the spring.

“If you have a team with a lot of veterans returning you can install a lot more stuff and things like that but we are not in a position to do that right now. We just have to identify guys who can play.”

The Rebels will work four days each of the next two weeks with scrimmages on Saturdays. Riverside will conclude spring practice with an intra-squad scrimmage at 9 a.m. May 19 at Mickey Roussel Field.

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