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Preparations underway for 2014

The offseason grind has been one to remember for the Unicoi County High School Blue Devil football team.
It’s about community involvement, Gridiron Club booster president Michael Hensley said, and people from Unicoi County will have their chance to meet new head coach Robert McElwee in the coming weeks.
“We’ll be setting up a meet and greet on March 8,” Hensley said in an interview with The Erwin Record. “We’ll have some finger foods available and it’s a way for people to get a chance to meet the new head coach. It’ll be free of charge to the public and we’ll be accepting donations.”
The UCHS Gridiron Club has been on the forefront of assisting with the football program at all levels in Unicoi County and with the change of guard at the high school, it’s full steam ahead for the 2014 season.
“During the last workout before the snow hit, they had 55 kids out,” Hensley said. “And that’s not including the upcoming eighth graders and the basketball players. It’s amazing to see. The kids are excited and with what coach (McElwee) brings to the area, I believe we can go further than we had before.”
Also making a return to the area is former UCHS standout Corey Headley, who is coming off his playing career at Carson-Newman College to assume a coaching position with the program. Headley has been assisting with the strength and conditioning program and has helped propelled the excitement, Hensley stated.

For the remainder of this article please see the February 19, 2014 edition of The Erwin Record.