Caldwell’s Devol: “We expect to win”

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Caldwell Redskins

Caldwell head coach Mike Devol proved last season that you can in fact go
home again.

After spending over a decade coaching in West Virginia, Devol
returned to his alma mater Caldwell, where he was head coach from 1974 to 1994.
In Devol’s return to Caldwell, the Redskins posted an 8-2 record with a playoff
berth.


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Caldwell head coach Mike Devol proved last season that you can in fact go
home again.

After spending over a decade coaching in West Virginia, Devol
returned to his alma mater Caldwell, where he was head coach from 1974 to 1994.
In Devol’s return to Caldwell, the Redskins posted an 8-2 record with a playoff
berth.

“We expect to win,” Devol said. “When I was at Caldwell before, I think we
won 130 games — about 70 percent of our games. I would expect with the kids we
have from Caldwell, the people we have up there, that we’ll be successful no
matter when we take the field.”

Devol hopes this year’s team learned from last year to believe in their
ability to win.

“You have to believe you can win, and if you think you can win, you probably
can,” he said. :Hopefully the kids know now that when they take the field, we’re
going to compete with any team at anytime and we have a chance to win it at the
end.”

This year’s team will be a young team with just a handful of returning
starters back. But the expectations remain the same.

“We lost a lot of seniors that were really good,” Devol said. “They certainly
deserved to be 8-2. We’re going to be extremely young this year, but like I say,
that doesn’t matter. We’re going to step on the field, we’re going to give 110
percent, and I think we’re going to win the majority of games we play.”

The new group will be expected to come together as a team, with no individual
getting more recognition than another.

“We don’t get into that,” Devol said. “You have to have everybody on the
field doing their part as a team. No one individual or no two or three
individuals will make you a winner. It’s got to be all eleven doing their job,
including those kids that have to step on the field if somebody gets hurt. So
it’s a team effort if you’re going to win.

“We’re going to teach them football, we’re going to put them on the field,
and from that point on, it’s up to them whether they win or lose.”

The Redskins also move up from Division VI to Division V, but Devol doesn’t
expect the move to make any impact in the team’s preparation.

“Not at all,” he said. “We have to play the teams that we play and the
schedule didn’t change, so it doesn’t bother us one way or the other.”

In the offseason, Caldwell takes a more hands-off approach than many teams as
the players aren’t pushed to hit the weight room.

“We don’t do much in the offseason to be very honest,” Devol said. “It’s
their time. If they want to lift, they can. We suggest that they do play other
sports, and when the time comes for us to compete, then we’ll get them out on
the football field and go from there.”

Winning is the bottom line at Caldwell, and Devol expects it to continue. The
community will also continue to be in the team’s corner.

“That’s just the way we feel about it,” Devol said. “I’ve been a head coach
for 33 years, we’ve been fairly successful, and we just expect to win.

“We’ve always had great fan support. Friday night football is the cheapest
entertainment in town, and that’s what makes fall so good.”

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