Courtesy of Gopher Athletics, we got another behind-the-scenes look at the start of Spring practice under new head coach Jerry Kill.
Kill reminded his team, “My job again is not to be your best friend. It is to be your parent. I am your Dad. And my job as a parent is to get the best out of you that I can. And we will. Not only myself as a head coach, but the other coaches.”
He added, “Let me tell you, the coaching staff you got, they are the head coach of their position. They are great coaches and great people. You need to listen to them.”
A number of coaches from Kill’s staff at Northern Illinois accepted offers to join his staff at Minnesota including Matt Limegrover (offensive coordinator / offensive line), Rob Reeves (tight ends / h-backs), Jim Zebrowski (quarterbacks), Brian Anderson (running backs), Pat Poore (wide receivers), Tracy Claeys (defensive coordinator), Jeff Phelps (defensive line), Jay Sawvel (defensive backs / special teams), and Eric Klein (head strength coach).
Defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys says, “There is not one of us on this staff that doesn’t think we’re going to get this done.”
Claeys explained, “It’s tough your first week on the job and all you hear is ‘They didn’t hire someone else.’ And so for all of us on this staff, this is our proving point that we can get this done and be successful at this level. This is our one time to prove that we were the right choice and we will get it done here.”