A tradition begun by his predecessor continues on at Wayne Hills for new head football coach Wayne Demikoff.
Each week, the coach meets with parents in a classroom at the high school to review film of the previous week’s game. The meeting is generally held on Wednesday nights and is attended by parents, usually a male, but the moms, and females in general, are also more than welcome.
Long time Wayne Hills football coach Chris Olsen began that tradition when he first arrived at Hills in 1987. In fact, according to Pat Cosgrove, one of Olsen’s longest-tenured assistant coaches, Olsen did the same thing at previous coaching stops at Paterson East Side and Bergenfield.
At the most recent film review, Demikoff broke down just about every play to the parents on hand, detailing blocking schemes, good recognitions by the players, missed assignments and the steady improvement he’s seen from the Patriots through the first five weeks of the season.
Wayne Hills football coach Wayne Demikoff gives instruction to his players, but also loves to discuss film of his team’s games with parents.
While Demikoff can be stern with his players in practice to keep the intensity level high, he’s practically giddy when discussing the film with the adults, showing them how much their sons have improved since the summer.
Demikoff also emphasized the importance of the Oct. 18 home game against nemesis Pascack Valley.
“They beat us twice last year, so we know how important it is to get a win, especially since I’m sure we’ll see them again in the playoffs,” Demikoff said. “It will come down to which team is tougher, and I think we can be that team. But no mistake, Pascack Valley is very good.”
Next week, when he reviews the film of the Pascack Valley game with the parents, we’ll see where the Patriots stand after six weeks of the 2013 season.