High School Sports

Penns Valley football coach enters 21st season after odd offseason

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From last year’s offseason to now, Penns Valley head coach Martin Tobias has made a few structural tweaks to the Rams’ program.

Tobias, brought back to Penns Valley after being removed from his position in November and a subsequent coaching search, enters his 21st season at the helm hoping offseason conditioning alterations pay dividends. Tobias said the spring training program was boosted from three days per week to four, and that the emphasis on strength improvement has carried over into the summer.

“We’re seeing the difference, and so are the kids,” the coach said. “We want to be conditioned so we can make it through the full 48 minutes, to be as strong in the fourth quarter as we are in the first.”

Tobias also said changes have been made to the coaching staff in terms of individual responsibilities, and adjustments to the way practice is run have been installed.

“We’ve also been talking to other colleges and high school coaches about how they do things, so we’ve implemented some changes there,” Tobias said. “Some people on the outside might not see, but the kids will notice at practice and hopefully it’ll transfer over to the field. That’s the goal.”

John McGonigal: 814-231-4630, @jmcgonigal9