Byrd Ready to Help Hornets Fly
Former Notre Dame Assistant Football Coach D.J. Bryd will pilot the Hundred Hornets Football Team this coming football season. He also led the Lady Irish to a 13-5 record as the girls head softball coach, while being the Irish assistant football coach and defensive coordinator for 10-seasons.
Bryd added that a good friend of his told him about the opening at Hundred for the head coaching job. He went down and applied for the position, was hired and got his first look at the team during their All-Sports Banquet. Bryd said he was pleasantly surprised with the people that were in attendance.
“I have always wanted to be a head football coach,” said Bryd. It’s very exciting to build a team from the ground up. My wife and I both have football fever in our blood, and plan to move to Hundred.
“We have 13 players back, along with a quarterback that was hurt during a scrimmage game prior to the opening game last season. I have had 20 guys coming to lift, and have fitted 30-guys with helmets and that is a good sign there is interest here.”
Bryd went on to add the middle school is starting up a football team, and have plans to have a better field house, where they can utilize their weight room.”
He also mentioned, he wasn’t a screamer, but will be a positive influence on his young players, and hopes once his players leave the program, they will go out and do great things.
He wants to build off their previous season and win more games. He said he will work on the basics, continue to teach the game and work to get a positive outcome.
He added watching game films is another form of teaching the game, the players can see what they did wrong and work on it to get better. He will rely on help from the players as they can see more than he can from the sidelines. Bryd stated he has some young guys he has coached and played with during his football days as a quarterback and a linebacker at RCB willing to come and lend a hand to help him get the team ready.
One of his goals is to provide his players with the skills needed to succeed by using a combination of expert football instruction, physical conditioning, and mental preparation for the season ahead. The passion Coach Bryd and his staff has for the game will be visible in how they coach the kids. The players can expect to work hard on proper technique, balance, movement, concentration, confidence, power, and safety to give them a chance to succeed. “I’m fired up,” said Bryd, “I can’t wait and I hope the boys are too. I hate practices, but its necessary to have a successful program.”
Being as he is only 30 years of age, Coach Bryd adds a lot of energy. “I am very proud and humbled to be given this great responsibility and I intend to work as hard as possible in order to give our athletes the best experience possible playing football. While we want as much success as possible, it is also about teaching life lessons that they can take with them in whatever paths they choose,” said Coach Bryd.
“I look forward to working with all our players, no matter the skill level to make them feel like a family. We intend to build a positive culture and get our community and school excited about Hundred Football.We want to excel at all things that involve effort,” he said. This football team will work, fly around the field, and tackle. We will refuse to quit until it’s over. The scoreboard shouldn’t dictate effort.”
From an early age, he has been coaching youth football as well as high school for 22-years, so he knows the game. He believes with the schedule they have they can be competitive. They look to get things underway when the season starts Aug. 30 when they will host Federal Hocking, OH at 7 p.m.