Mar 29, 2011

Coaching in Virgin Islands

Greg Medeck of Central Lakes College has completed his second week-long football camp coaching experience in the Virgin Islands, one he describes as “incredible.” In mid-March Medeck was the only Minnesota coach invited to participate in the 2011 U.S. Virgin Islands High School Football Camp, an event he joined in 2010 accompanied by now-retired Jim Strohmeier, CLC’s longtime offensive coordinator. Medeck said the student athletes have impressed him with their coachability and determined attitudes to learn and achieve success. In just a few days, he said he found some of the most motivated young players he has ever worked with. Last year three of the Virgin Island campers followed Medeck to Brainerd and were members of the 10-2 Raider team that earned a Valley of the Sun Bowl berth in Arizona and was ranked 18th in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III season-ending poll. Medeck, who is 34-10 with one state championship and two runner-up trophies in four seasons as the head coach at CLC, recruits not only physical standouts with football skills. He relishes the annual building of a Minnesota College Athletic Conference powerhouse steeped in positive teamwork. “These guys in the Virgin Islands know how to work, to think and believe in their abilities,” he said. He is confident they can be groomed to become good football players and strong young adults. “All they need is the chance they deserve.” As U.S. citizens, Virgin Island student athletes qualify for financial aid that is available based on low- or no-income circumstances and sufficient academic profiles.