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A new era in Braves football is beginning, as Grant County High School named David Arvin the new head coach.
Arvin, a Campbellsville, Ky. native has been the offensive coordinator for Washington County High School in Springfield, Ky. During his three years as coordinator, the Commanders went 30-6.
Arvin wants to bring that kind of success to Grant County.
“Grant County needs a winning attitude,” he said. “Washington County had a good winning formula and I think Grant County can be successful.”
On top of wanting to bring a winning mentality to the Braves, Arvin also said that he wants to instill not only excitement with the players but also for the community.
“We’re not just playing for us,” he said. “We are also going to be representing Grant County on the field.”
As far as what kind of play fans will see from coach Arvin, it will be a change from the product the community saw the last few years. The Braves were 12-19 in the last three seasons.
“A lot of what we are going to be playing is a no huddle offense,” he said. “I want to have my players playing fast and using that to our advantage.”
One of Arvin’s goals is to change the way the players workout by stressing faster workouts to get them ahead of game action.
“When the opponent is speeding up, it will look like we are slowing down,” he said.
Arvin said he came up for the homecoming basketball games at GCHS Feb. 4 to meet the students. He hopes to be able to recruit some of the basketball players and baseball players that maybe wouldn’t normally join the football team.
“My goal this summer is to get around 80-100 students to come out for the team,” Arvin said.
Athletic director Scott Shipp feels that Arvin was the best choice for the position. Ten applied for the coaching position.
“I believe Arvin is highly motivated,” he said. “He is a younger coach that has a lot of experience in a lot of different areas of football.”
Another aspect of Arvin that drew him to Grant County is the value the district places on academics.
“I think one big thing is the educational and athletic mindset the schools in Northern Kentucky stress,” he said. “I can sense the importance of education from the Grant County Board on wanting to be a top 20 school district in the state.”
Besides coaching the players about football, Arvin wants to instill in his players those skills and translate them into real life situations.
Arvin said he wants to do this a “two-fold fashion”, where the players can be accountable for themselves and their teammates, whether it be for a meeting and also being disciplined on the field and also in academics. Arvin also stressed the importance of giving back to the community.
“I will want my football players to volunteer for the community,” he said. “The biggest reward is when you do something and you don’t get anything in return besides that thank you. Those words mean more than anything else.”
The second thing he wants his players to know is that he is a Christian.
“You can do things to be successful without yelling and cursing,” he said. “I want them to know they can carry themselves in a positive way.”
An example that Arvin gave was how to be a good husband, father and represent that.
Grant County Schools are still looking for a teaching position for Arvin at this time. He will make $8,000 for coaching and around $34-45,000 for teaching based on experience, according to superintendent Michael Hibbett.
The regular season for the Braves kicks off Aug. 19 at Harrison County.