, Muskogee, OK


April 19, 2009

BC coach, team progressing toward spring game

“A million miles” is certainly figurative. It would take a few trips around campus to equal it by foot or vehicle.

But it’s Lloyd Spotted Wolf’s personal assessment of the progress he feels his program has made in just the short time since he arrived on the job March 25.

One week after getting here, he secured three assistants: Jeremy Wirth, his defensive coordinator, who was the defensive line coach at Southern Nazarene; offensive coordinator Aaron Rodney, a former coaching partner with Spotted Wolf when the two were at Panhandle State and last year was on the staff at a Bacone 2008 opponent, Dakota State; and Germany Thompson, the new defensive backs coach who played for Spotted Wolf at New Mexico and later won a Super Bowl as a member of the Baltimore Ravens.

None of the staff under former Bacone head coach Joe Thrasher will be back, including Shane Wheeler, who served as interim head coach after Thrasher left and was at one point a candidate for the head coaching job.

Spring practice started in earnest April 7. Bacone’s Black-White Game will be 7 p.m. Thursday at Indian Bowl. On Saturday, the team had a controlled scrimmage session.

“It was a great workout and I liked the intensity,” Spotted Wolf said. “I’m impressed how far we’ve come with the schemes.”

Offensively, that scheme will be a spread look while defensively, the Warriors will work from a 3-3 set to utilize what he’s found to be a deep secondary.

“It’s loaded,” Spotted Wolf said. “There’s a lot of talent there. I also think we’ve got some strength at inside linebacker which will benefit that scheme.”

Spotted Wolf will keep quarterback Erik Walden, the one-time University of Georgia recruit who went searching for the right quarterback opportunity at three different schools, eventually landing at Bacone via Thrasher and the pair’s connection at Gulf Coast (Miss.) College. Last year, Walden gained national player of the week honors after accounting for 536 yards of total offense against Southern Nazarene.

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