New staff has things clicking for Volunteers

Iodence, Sasse, O'Boyle looking for effort

The Lee Williams football team is looking for more moments like this win over Kingman Academy last year when the 2016 seasons starts in late August. RYAN ABELLA/Miner

The Lee Williams football team is looking for more moments like this win over Kingman Academy last year when the 2016 seasons starts in late August. RYAN ABELLA/Miner

KINGMAN - Ease, effort and efficiency appear to be the key words for the Lee Williams High School football program after spring practice and heading into the summer program.

New coach Jacob Iodence and assistants Clint Sasse and Patrick O'Boyle have brought a sense of calm to the Volunteers after a tumultuous 2-8 season for the program.

The Vols wrapped up spring football last week, and the new staff and the players accomplished plenty.

Iodence said most of the base offense is installed, and that Vols were quick about picking it up.

Sasse, the team's defensive coordinator, said about 85 percent of what Lee Williams expects to do during the season is in place.

"They took it, ran with it and have a good grasp for it," Sasse said. "I'm feeling good about it. We're getting to the point of where we have mastered everything we want to do. Now it's about getting better."

Lee Williams is offering the players two time-slots per day to get their work in over the summer. The coaching staff will be around Monday - Friday at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. to allow for jobs. The Vols will lift weights three days a week and work on athleticism the other two.

"Having a guy who is a college strength and conditioning coach (Sasse) will allow us to run a quality program," Iodence said. "We're organized in the weight room and we're teaching people how to run with agility. We're going to be as strong, as fast and as smart as we can be."

If the summer is going to lead to the Vols doing well in the win-loss column, the coaching staff believes it will be about how hard the team is trying.

"I want to see improvement in effort," Sasse said. "If a kid comes in every day and keeps showing more and more effort, we're going to win more ballgames because of that. Effort is what shows through on the field."

The Vols begin work in a couple of weeks on giving back to the community and working as a unit. Lee Williams is hosting a youth football camp June 16-18 for all elementary and middle school grade players. The camp will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. each day. The cost is $25 for early registration and $30 at the door. Email jiodence@kusd.org for more information and a registration form.

Iodence said his players are expected to operate and be important components of the camp. That shouldn't be a problem with the buy-in the new staff has received from the players.

"I'm proud of our kids. They're doing a great job," Iodence said. "They say they're having fun and that's what it's all about. Football is fun and it's just a catalyst to making a young man into a good man. The rest will take care of itself if you make good dudes."