St. Petersburg Times Online: Sports
Place an Ad Calendars Classified Forums Sports Weather

printer version

Pasco: Keen an eye on...


© St. Petersburg Times,
published August 30, 2001

DADE CITY -- New Pasco assistant coach Joseph Brown took one look at his new players in the spring and came up with a brief, blunt and honest assessment.

"Weak," he told coach Ricky Thomas.

"He thought they were very weak," Thomas said. "He flat out told me, 'Coach, they're weak. They're a long way from being strong.'

"I knew that. I'm not much of a weights guy, but I knew we were weak. So we just put in a plan during the spring and he stayed with it through the end of school and the summer."

But take one look at Brown and it's obvious he knows his way around a weight room. The former strength and offensive line coach at Sickles, he has proved to be the right taskmaster to mold the Pirates into better shape.

"Absolutely," Thomas said. "Joe's done an outstanding job as far as our conditioning. He's really into the weights and it shows. He knows how to get a team strong.

"We haven't been this strong since '98, maybe even '96. He's done a good job, especially with our linemen."

The knock on Pasco around the county for years is that the Pirates too often have played themselves into game shape. That Pasco could be surprised early in the season when they were sucking wind. The stereotype was that Pasco teams of the past were so talented that conditioning was an afterthought.

Thomas said that changed on his watch. Conditioning drills after every practice are run just as hard as at any other school. But the coach admitted his players haven't been as physically strong as he would have liked.

Brown led the way. He designed the workouts, charted their progress and kept an eye on their form.

Which is why this season, Thomas said, that's in the past as well.

"They paid the price," Thomas said, "and I hope we can get some big dividends here in the fall."

Back to Sports
Back to Top

© 2006 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
490 First Avenue South • St. Petersburg, FL 33701 • 727-893-8111
Contact the Times | Privacy Policy
Standard of Accuracy | Terms, Conditions & Copyright

From the Times sports desk

College football
  • UM's Dorsey exploring whole new world
  • Georgia loss still is a gain for Bulls
  • Rackard's time not here yet
  • Extra points
  • Practice reports

  • Bucs
  • Leaf's season left in doubt
  • Duncan still has starting MLB job

  • Rays
  • The real M's on display for Rays
  • Rookie catcher Hall named IL MVP

  • Sports Etc.
  • Sports briefs
  • Another heartbreaker as Mutiny falls in 2 OT
  • LaJoie praises Humpy Bumper
  • Warhawks coach has many admirers
  • District previews
  • Pressure to win increases for Indian
  • Brandon coach earns silver at world tourney
  • Daily fishing report
  • Texas trainer chases glory at Saratoga
  • Charities benefit from birdies program
  • Turning pro is the right career call

  • Preps football preview
  • Stories

  • College football preview
  • Stories

  • From the wire

    From the state sports wire
  • Jacksonville's Spicer placed on IR after leg surgery
  • FIU-Western Kentucky game postponed because of Jeanne
  • Brown anxious to face old team for first time
  • Dolphins' desperate defense readies for Roethlisberger
  • Former Sarasota lineman sheds tough-guy image with Michigan
  • Rothstein rejoins Heat as assistant
  • No. 16 Florida has history on its side against Kentucky
  • FSU and Clemson QBs both off to slow starts