By Brad Spencer
The OPRF football program was awarded an evening of cooling off Thursday night in the form of a pool party as new head coach John Hoerster rented out the Forest Park Aquatic Center for his summer campers, coaches and their families.
“It’s a nice way to wrap-up the camp and get everyone together and enjoy each other’s company,” said Hoerster. “The guys have been working hard all summer long, and they should have the opportunity to take a little time and have some non-football fun.”
OPRF drew over 100 campers to the summer program, not including about 40 freshmen.
“They made great strides in the last few weeks,” said Hoerster. “They’ve not only had to learn different styles of play, but a different language to football. And everyone did a great job of picking up concepts, both players and coaches. This is a way to keep everyone enjoying the process.”
The Huskies are now off for a few weeks before two-a-day practices begin in mid August. Hoerster said he was under the impression that players and coaches are excited about the new concepts he’s implemented.
“Everyone seemed enthusiastic about trying something different, so hopefully we continue that positive response into the season.”
Sophomore football coach Chris Ledbetter, who is also the varsity baseball coach at OPRF, said this year’s summer camp has been inspiring.
“There’s been a lot to learn but everyone is enthusiastic about it and it’s been extremely motivating for players and the coaches,” he said. “Everyone is on board 100-percent.”
The pool party followed a coaches vs. alumni 7-on-7 game at the Lake Street Field on Thursday night. Before the game, Hoerster said he was looking forward to meeting some of the program’s former players, but admitted, “I probably needed to start stretching for this game a few days ago.”