Akron SVSM looking to restore winning tradition

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Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary Fighting Irish

After 17 seasons on the sidelines at Copley, Dan Boarman returned to his alma mater in January to take over the St. Vincent-St. Mary football program. For Boarman, it is his second stint with the Irish. He was also at SVSM from 1975-1988. The Irish have finished 4-6 three of the last four seasons and Boarman hopes to get the Irish back to a winning tradition.

 


TE/OLB Nick Thomas (6-3, 225, Sr.), RB/LB Harvey Tuck (5-11, 220, Jr.), RB/LB Carnell Evans (5-11, 210, Sr.), RB/DB Kevin Saunders (5-11, 190, Sr.), OL/DE Ben Bertsch (6-3, 260, Jr.), OL/DE Andrew Destefano (6-3, 240, Sr.), OL/DL Vincent Oliverio (5-10, 260, Jr.)

 

2006 Record: 4-6

After 17 seasons on the sidelines at Copley, Dan Boarman returned to his alma mater in January to take over the St. Vincent-St. Mary football program. For Boarman, it is his second stint with the Irish after teaching and coaching SVSM for 13 years before becoming an assistant at Massillon for a year then moving on to Copley.

Boarman tallied a 115-71 record at Copley and made the postseason eight times in the last 13 years. He also coached 2005 Mr. Football award winner Delone Carter.

While Boarman will still teach at Copley, his football focus is now shifted to SVSM.

“It is kind of like a situation where I am coming home, said Boarman. “I am relatively familiar with the kids and the tradition and the school itself. It’s just about getting back into the grind of St. Vincent-St. Mary.”

The Irish have finished 4-6 three of the last four seasons and Boarman hopes to get the Irish back to a winning tradition.

“I think ultimately we want to be the best football team we can be. Probably the best way to describe a long-term goal is win a state championship,” he said.

“The biggest thing I need to do to bring all this together is make us a ‘football team’. Everybody talks about team and family but you have to develop it, allow it to mature, allow it to grow and we have to emphasize that everyday because we can’t be a bunch of individuals. We have to be a group that plays together hard and comes together Friday nights and Saturdays and plays as a St. Vincent-St. Mary football team.”

And thus far, Boarman is satisfied with the off season progress that is being made by his new team.

“I am really pleased with their work ethic in the weight room,” said Boarman. “They are working tremendously hard, our numbers are up and we should have a nice numbers for football this year.

“Obviously, there are some holes to fill but I think we have some kids that can fill those holes. There are some kids that have worked hard in the weight room – and I know the weight room isn’t the football field – but their work ethic is good and I think their competitive edge is there. So, those are some things I think can make you a successful football player.”

Boarman in the Irish face a particularly tough challenge in his first season back to SVSM with the new-look Region 13, which includes powerhouses Cardinal Mooney, Steubenville, Akron Manchester and Massillon Tuslaw among others.

“I know some of the booster club members are commenting about the region but I can’t worry about the region we’re in. I’m worried about the first practice, the first scrimmage, the first game. Those are the things I have to contend with. The playoff thing takes care of itself when you take care of yourself. You’ve got to do it one day at a time and not worry about whose in your region. Obviously, I know we’re in a good region and I don’t think anyone at St. Vincent-St. Mary would want it any other way. To be the best, you have to be able to compete against the best.”

Akron SVSM
2007 Schedule

Date Opponent Division
8/24/2007 Cleveland VASJ 4
8/31/2007 Bellville Clear Fork 4
9/7/2007 @ Medina Highland 2
9/15/2007 @ Akron Hoban 2
9/21/2007 Napoleon 3
9/28/2007 Youngstown Chaney 2
10/5/2007 @ Walsh Jesuit 3
10/12/2007 Youngstown Cardinal Mooney 4
10/20/2007 @ Hunting Valley University School 3
10/26/2007 Youngstown Ursuline 5


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