Kurt Glendenning has been a certified athletic trainer and an athletics director, but he said he has 10 times more things to do as a football coach.
“There are just so many things that come under you,” said Glendenning, who succeeded Ben Kolstad as Cary High’s coach. “I’ve been in managerial positions before, but this is a different discipline.”
The Imps have about 110 boys participating in practices, and Glendenning has several new assistants.
Brett McEleney, a Pennsylvania native, was a defensive assistant last year, but he is Glendenning’s offensive coordinator.
Robert Furth, who played under Dick Sheridan at N.C. State, was an assistant at Clayton High during 2012 and is the Imps’ new defensive coordinator.
“We have some new faculty members coaching this year and that’s very good,” Glendenning said. “The players will have coaches around them all day.”
Glendenning said practices had been good.
“I believe we are going to put a pretty good team on the field, but I’m really concerned about injuries,” he said. “We really don’t have much depth.”
Cary will open at home with games Aug. 23 against Broughton and Aug. 30 against Cardinal Gibbons. Next up will come road games to Wake Forest and Garner, which are expected to be among the best teams in the area.
Wake Forest scrimmage: Wake Forest, Middle Creek, Knightdale and Cardinal Gibbons, which are expected to be ranked in The N&O preseason top 12, lead the six-team field in Saturday’s annual Mellow Mushroom Pigskin Preview at Wake Forest High.
The first varsity session will have Cardinal Gibbons vs. Wake Forest and Panther Creek vs. Knightdale. The 7 p.m. session will match Knightdale and Cardinal Gibbons and Enloe against Middle Creek. The final session will pair Wake Forest and Middle Creek and Enloe against Panther Creek.
Football death: Evan Raines, a junior football player at Fayetteville Seventy-First, died Saturday at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center after collapsing at practice. Earl Vaughan of the Fayetteville Observer reported Rodney Raines, Evan’s father, said his son died of cardiac arrest.
N.C. High School Athletic Association schools must have five days of conditioning before beginning body-to-body contact. The conditioning period is designed to help players become acclimated to playing in the heat.
According to annual National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research, there were no fatalities in the United States during the 2012 high school football season that were directly related to football. Direct relationship would be injuries sustained while performing skills.
There were 13 indirect high school football fatalities, according to the report, which is prepared by Dr. Frederick Mueller at the University of North Carolina. Indirect fatalities often are heat- or heart-related.
Four of the indirect high school football deaths were heart-related. One was from heat stroke, two from asthma, one from lightning and one unknown.
High school athletes are required to get a physical before participating in practice. Heart problems might not be detected during routine physicals, though.