June 22, 2009
Hawks’ offensive line coach Paul Pitts has been tabbed to head the squad, which begins play on Sept. 14 against Sports Academy in Marietta.
“We are very fortunate to have a coach of Coach Paul Pitts’ caliber to head up our JV program,” said Jones. “He is one of the finest young coaches with whom I have ever worked and is a really excellent asset to our family at Shorter.”
“It is such an honor for Coach Jones and Coach Peterson to consider me for this job,” said Pitts, who is entering his fifth season as a member of the Hawks’ varsity coaching staff. “I have learned so much from the coaches at Shorter over the past four years and to know that I am able to continue growing as a coach under them is humbling.”
Jones and Pitts are quick to point out that the junior varsity team will provide a unique opportunity for players to gain valuable experience with field time that was not afforded them in past seasons.
Such opportunities only figure to accelerate the meteoric rise and development of the Hawks’ football program, which captured its first Mid-South Western Division crown in 2008, just its fourth year in existence.
“We believe [having a JV program] will enhance our football program and help us to have increased retention of players with so many numbers,” Jones said.
Said Pitts: “It will be great to see some of our young athletes develop their skills so that they can help us on Saturdays in the future.”
In addition to the many positives for those playing in between the lines, Pitts says that the chance to coach the JV group will only benefit those pacing the sidelines as well.
“Anytime you have an opportunity to work with athletes, it is an opportunity to learn,” said Pitts, a 2006 Shorter alumnus who has worked with every position from receivers, to tight ends, and now the offensive line. “Developing relationships with the players is a key to success for both teams, but for the coaches, we must still find ways to put the players in best possible positions to succeed.
“That always remains constant.”
The JV program will be in good hands under Pitts, who plans to implement the same aggressive, passionate and dedicated approach that is so evident to Shorter football fans on Saturdays at Barron Stadium.
“We will have the same mentality for JV games that we have on Saturdays,” Pitts said. “Anytime you put on a Shorter uniform, we expect to compete and give our best effort.
“On game day, no matter who is playing, it should be the most important game of our season.”
Click here for the 2009 Shorter College JV Football Schedule