A defensive player looked at Willy Korn and asked him what the next drill would be.
Korn was tempted to look over his shoulder to see who the player had just called “Coach.”
Then the former Byrnes quarterback remembered that it’s his new title.
Korn was named wide receivers coach at Charleston Southern on Tuesday.
It’s been a quick move from player to coach for Korn, who spent two weeks training with the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League.
After throwing a few too many complete passes to linebackers during drills, Korn wasn’t sure of his spot on the team.
He placed a call to Jamey Chadwell, his former coach at North Greenville who is in his first season in Charleston, to see about coaching.
“I wanted to have a backup plan in case I did get cut,” Korn said. “I didn’t want nothing to fall back on and end up back in Duncan waiting on the next job opportunity.”
Chadwell talked to Korn about an assistant coaching spot and the 24-year-old was ready to jump into the coaching ranks.
“I couldn’t turn down the opportunity even if I was a lock to make the team,” Korn said. “I’d rather be the wide receivers coach at Charleston Southern than the backup quarterback of an arena football team.”
Korn knows one of his future players well — his brother, Colton, will join Charleston Southern’s roster in the fall.
Korn should have no problems working with wide receivers, especially in the offense that Chadwell will run. Korn ran the offense for two years as the Crusaders’ quarterback.
“If it was a completely new staff, I’d be lost right now trying to learn the offense,” he said.