By Curtis Pashelka
Berean Christian High’s James Hodgins didn’t have the luxury of easing his way into his first head coaching job.
First, Hodgins, a former NFL running back hired in January, needed to put together an offseason weight-training regimen — a first for the Eagles’ program. Then he had to reinvigorate a team that lost its last five games of the 2012 campaign.
Now, roughly a week before its season opener, Berean Christian has less than two dozen players on the varsity roster and faces a schedule that features six teams that made the playoffs last season.
Still, Hodgins and his players are optimistic that the program is headed in the right direction after a 3-8 season. Although participation numbers are relatively low, the players that are in uniform have a team-first mentality and are ready to turn the doubters into believers.
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