Tuesday, 12 February 2019 09:05

Raider football to hold parent night, "State of the Program" address

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Raider head coach Bryan Till will hold a general info parent night and a State of the Program address in the coming weeks. Raider head coach Bryan Till will hold a general info parent night and a State of the Program address in the coming weeks. Kyle Pillar — The Richmond Observer.

ROCKINGHAM — One thing that Richmond Senior High School head football coach Bryan Till is adamant about is that the football season never ends. While games may be played between August and December, the second-year head coach’s motor runs year round as he and his staff continues to build and develop the Raider program.

Last month, Richmond put a cap on the 2018 season with its annual team banquet and award night, but that just opened the door for the first orders of business for the 2019 season.

Till announced that a general information parent meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 21, and will be followed by his second “State of the Program” address on Monday, Feb. 25. Both events are to be held in Richmond’s cafeteria at 6 p.m. on their respective nights.

“The parent meeting is open to parents of (current) eighth graders through 11th graders, and other family members,” Till commented. “Parents will get a schedule of events for March through the end of the season.  

“This will allow them to plan ahead for all of our events and maximize their child's commitment to the program,” he added. “We will also go over recruiting and how that process changes as these students go through different grades.”

Perhaps the moment that will spell out Till’s plans for the Raider program most, from the freshman team to the varsity level, will be his State of the Program address. Last February, Till gave his first address to over 300 people and gave players, parents, family members and the general public a behind-the-scenes look at what makes the Raider program run.

And he plans on doing it again this year, and hopefully to a bigger crowd.

Some of the areas Till said those in attendance can expect to hear about are the new members of the Raider Leadership Council. Instituted last year, the group is made up of roughly a dozen varsity football players who are tasked with acting as leaders in the locker room, on the field and in the classroom.

The new Leadership Council will consist of returning varsity players who served last season, as well as rising players who will fill the roles of those who will graduate in June. The band of players also acts as a liaison between the coaches and the rest of the team.

Till added that he will also be going over several of the program’s initiatives for 2019, including finances, and discuss things this year’s team participated in, as well as what he hopes to add in the coming season.

On the docket will be the new game schedule, which sees a shift in three of the four non-conference opponents, as well as a layout of the “future vision for the program.”

“The end goal for the State of the Program is to more involve our community in what we are doing as a team and give them more ownership of where we go in the future,” Till explained. “I have no delusions that I can create the best high school program in the nation by myself.  I know this game takes tons of teamwork and so I want it to be a point of pride for our community on how we work together to create it.

“I want to see this program grow into the best in the country,” he continued. “I believe that we do that by being transparent about our needs, our motives and our efforts.  I think when we show people all good things we are doing and how much more we want to do, they will want to be a part of something great.

“My hope is that this galvanizes the community together and gives the example of how well we all can work together,” Till concluded. “That would then build a platform for continued economic and social growth that we can build on at all levels in Richmond County."

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Kyle Pillar

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