New HHS coach impressed with team’s scrimmage performance
Hahnville running backs coach David Baudry (top center) and Hahnville head coach Nick Saltaformaggio (right) watch on as the Tiger offense marches down the field during the first annual Burger Bowl on Saturday.
Saltaforamggio said though his team still needs some work, he is impressed by his players’ potential.
“It’s all in the way you present it and all in the way you coach it. We have very good clay to work with. When you are talking about molding a team, we have really good clay,” he said. “These kids want to do well.”
Saltaformaggio has not wasted any time introducing his coaching philosophy since he took over the program in March. On a very basic level, he has focused on instilling a positive attitude into his players.
“We’ve worked hard and put a lot of work in improving our attitude, just having a general attitude of happiness and goodwill. Under my watch it is going to be a much more positive atmosphere for our kids to be involved with,” he said.
Saltaformaggio has also been busy installing a new defense and a new option offense, which saw its first test last Saturday in an intrasquad scrimmage known as the Burger Bowl.
Saltaformaggio said the purpose of the intrasquad game was to get his players out on the field in front of the home crowd.
“The Burger Bowl was great. That was more about camaraderie and letting the kids have some fun. They had been hitting each other for seven days so it was about fun,” he said.
But when it came to a scrimmage on Monday versus Scotlandville, it was all business.
Hahnville came out on top 9-7, with fullback Bradley Aucoin scoring Hahnville’s lone touchdown and nose guard Fred Brown adding two points on a safety.
Saltaformaggio said despite the team’s performance, they are still learning both a new defense and offense and have a long way to go.
“Defensively we are struggling a little bit on the back end, but there is a whole lot more to learn,” he said.
Saltaformaggio said spring football was really an attempt to narrow down the 115 players that are going to be on next year’s team and identify those who are going to be reliable.
“We know who our (starters) are, but we need to find 25 to 27 players (that can contribute each game),” he said. “You are going to go through the year and some kids are gong to get nicked up and we need to have guys we can put on the field who know what to do every single down.”
The football team will get a few weeks off before they start their summer weight training program on June 2. During the weight program, players will lift and do conditioning drills three days a week.
“We are completely revamping our summer program. It is going to be hard and intense,” Saltaformaggio said. “If the kids buy in, endure and improve over the summer, we’ll be ready to go in the fall.”
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