Broderick Smith has been with the Ann Arbor Huron football program for five seasons with the junior varsity team. During his five years with the JV, the varsity program has gone through tough times including back-to-back seasons without a victory.
At the root of the problem hasn’t been the players, but the coaching staff. It’s difficult to create success without continuity and almost impossible to build a winning program when the coach bolts after EVERY season.
Smith is stepping up, not only from the JV to the varsity but with a commitment that his tenure won’t be one and done. He’s making a stand that he will be standing on the sideline next year and beyond – and that’s the biggest step Huron can make with its varsity program.
And that step starts with a leap.
“Monumental,” Smith said when asked about the difference this season coaching the varsity compared to the JV. “We have a major hurdle right off the bat coming off two consecutive 0-9 seasons. We have an entire new staff as well. We had to replace all of last year’s staff except for me.
“The biggest challenge will get these kids to believe in themselves. They have no belief in themselves or their program heading into this year.”
Smith is thrilled with the staff he gets to work with including several who were on his JV staff last year and a couple former players from his former coaching days at Ypsilanti High School.
“I love this staff,” he said. “Both of my JV assistants from last year are up with me this year.”
Assistant coaches Mitchell Long and Chris Patton he says are “dear to my heart.”
“I coached both of these young men when they were kids 8-9 years old playing youth football,” he said. “In 2005 I was fortunate enough to get the JV job at Ypsilanti High School and they were freshmen in 2006 and we won a lot of football games in their four years. To bring them back now as coaches is an example of what we want to do here now and that’s prepare them to be outstanding young men and be a part of their community.”