HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL | DREHER

New coach keeps philosophy intact for Blue Devils

ainelson@thestate.comJuly 24, 2013 

Scenes from Friday night at Memorial Stadium as Chapin takes on Dreher during Dreher High School's Homecoming.

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— Treigh Sullivan sees much the same Dreher football team as did Josh Stepp, his friend and the previous Blue Devils coach.

Sullivan joined the Dreher program four years ago and now succeeds Stepp, who moved on to become Lexington’s coach and athletics director.

“What I see now is pretty much what he saw, the most talented team we’ve had here, though a young team,” said Sullivan, who was promoted from assistant this spring. “He hasn’t been able to see the progress that we’ve made, but his assessment would be pretty much the same.”

Thus, the trajectory for the Blue Devils, who managed their first winning season in the past eight this past year, should remain unchanged, Sullivan said.

“We had a little bit of success last year with some wins, but we’ve still got a long way to go to be a consistently strong program,” he said.

Though their ascent remains steep, Sullivan does not expect the Blue Devils to backslide far in his first season.

Sullivan said he and the former coach were of like mind as to the plan of action for the Blue Devils.

The Blue Devils still are focused on developing strength in the weight room and depth in the lineup.

While Sullivan needed time to learn the job, as far as the administrative duties, he needed no time to assess his team.

“When we came in, we knew who and what we had. We knew what those guys were capable of and we knew what we wanted to do with them,” said Sullivan, whose staff includes four coaches from Stepp’s staff. “We know that our job is the same. We’ve got to put these guys in successful situations, and we’ve been working hard to do that.”

“It’s really been a seamless transition and a good, good summer. It’s been a productive summer, and the best we’ve had in our weight room.”

With their priorities remaining in order, the Blue Devils look forward to moving ahead.

“We’ve got a very talented team, and I think, we’ll be maybe even a stronger team by the end of the year than we were last year, even though we might not win as many games,” Sullivan said. “We’re definitely continuing to build.”

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