Kurt Forrest had one key message when he met Monday with players and parents interested in Bloom-Carroll football. “The three keys to football are attitude, effort and discipline,” the new Bloom-Carroll head coach said. “…Those are the three things I really stress to kids.” Forrest, 26, brings four years of coaching experience to Bloom-Carroll, where he inherits s team that went 3-7 last year.
Kurt Forrest had one key message when he met Monday with players and parents interested in Bloom-Carroll football.
“The three keys to football are attitude, effort and discipline,” the new Bloom-Carroll head coach said. “We want to have a competitive attitude for football, and practice and play with championship effort, no matter if it’s on the field or in the classroom.
“We also want to have discipline in daily life. Those are the three things I really stress to kids.”
Forrest, 26, brings four years of coaching experience to Bloom-Carroll. Last season, Forrest was the offensive coordinator for Benjamin Logan High School near Bellefontaine. The Raiders doubled their offensive production from the year before, according to Forrest, and won two more games to finish at 3-7. In the previous three seasons, Forrest was an assistant at his alma mater of Mechanicsburg High School, where the Indians qualified for the postseason each year.
In 2005, Mechanicsburg averaged a school-record 45 points per game under the direction of Forrest. He moved from offensive to defensive coordinator the following season as the Indians pitched seven shutouts and allowed a stingy five points per game.
“Bloom-Carroll was attractive for a couple of reasons,” Forrest said. “The school is in a small town and has a couple of small towns around it, so it feels like home (Mechanicsburg). But at the same time it is close to Columbus so you have the best of both worlds.”
The Mid-State League Buckeye Division was also an attraction for Forrest.
“It’s a physical football league,” Forrest said. “You have to bring it every Friday night. If you look back to last season 2-8 Fairfield Union beat 9-1 (10-2 after playoffs) and league champion Canal Winchester.”
The staff has already started to take shape as Forrest said he plans to keep three assistants from last year’s coaching staff – Jeremy McKinney, Mike Smith and Chuck Tipton. Bloom-Carroll went 3-7 last season and 2-5 in the MSL Buckeye.
Forrest credits his coaching philosophy to Neal Kasner, who was the head coach for Forrest’s first two years at Mechanicsburg. Kasner is the current head coach at Harrison High School near Cincinnati.
“Coach Kasner not only taught me a lesson about football but also life. You get out of it what you put into it,” Forrest said. “It requires a lot of hard work. He was a coach who was thorough and paid a lot of attention to detail in preparation.
“Everyone who plays wants to win, but it’s the people who put in the time and work hard to win who find success.”