It’s been a rough go of it lately in Bay Minette. The Baldwin County Tigers have won a total two games in the last four seasons. But hope spring eternal this spring as a new head coach comes to town, Nathan McDaniel.
“I’m extremely excited; we’re ready to get rocking and rolling. Coming in, in January and now the offseason program, things are getting monotonous for the kids, they’re ready to rock and roll and put the pads on and we’re ready. From the weight room stand point I feel good about where we’re at, but I’m anxious to see what kind of football players we have,” said McDaniel.
“Coach MacDaniel is showing us that we have to believe in ourselves to do things, we can’t just be people who just walk around and talk, talk, talk. We have to show that we are more than we were last year,” said senior safety, Anthony Scott, “I believe in coach 100% because he’s telling us that if we give it our all, he’s going to give it back to us.”
“A new coach came in, and he’s turn us around so far. Last year, I don’t even want to talk about last year. The way it’s going now, Coach Mac is going to take us there,” said senior defensive end, Keith Hayden.
McDaniel has already begun to put his stamp on the Tiger program, changing the team logo and ordering the team new gear.
“I think with a new coach coming in, the only way to do that is to turn 180 degrees in the opposite direction. If you do the same things over and over again, you’re doing to get the same results. So we changed the logo, we changed the uniform, we changed the stadium, the facilities, everything. But at the same time, we realize that just changing that is not going to make or break a team. You’ve got to change the players, the coaches, you gotta make them buy into your system and believe what you’re doing,” said McDaniel.
“It’s been a process and Coach Saban says it all the time, it’s all about the process, coaches are the greatest thieves in the world, but you steal things like that all the time, it’s all about the process – if you can teach the process to them and you can sell the process and you have a plan, then it’s not that hard to get them to buy into it. We’re going to try to out work people, one of the things that we’ve been preaching to our kids is a slogan, C-D-I-B, it’s Champions Do It Better and the good ones are all going to do it the same way for the most part, what’s going to set us apart from other people? It’s that we’re going to do it better than they do it,” said McDaniel.