Now he’s regarded as a hard-working coach, who can turn a program around and give it some staying power. Those were just a couple reasons Hare has been asked to coach an all-star team for this weekend’s 30th annual Sertoma
Classic, all-star football game.
Hare had been asked in two previous years but his summer schedule did not allow him to handle the honor until this time around. It’s a job he’s enjoying.
“The last two years I’d been asked but we’d been taking our (Spanish Springs) team to camp,” Hare said. “I was able to say yes this year ... It’s double days for me, coaching our team in the morning and the Sertoma kids in the afternoon. That means it’s double days for my family too. So that makes it tough, but it’s fun to coach these (Sertoma) guys. They know football and they’re a great group of athletes so they pick things up amazingly fast.”
Hare is coaching the Silver team as it prepares to clash with the Blue squad in Friday night’s gridiron battle. Kickoff for the Sertoma Classic is set for 7 p.m. at the University of Nevada’s Mackay Stadium. The Blue team is also comprised of Northern Nevada all-stars.
Teams began practicing Monday. They will get in afternoon workouts through Thursday, although with pictures and a dinner banquet Thursday, Hare said productivity likely will be limited that day.
Hare said his Sertoma practices look much different than a Spanish Springs preseason workout.
“It feels different because I’m way more relaxed,” he said. “I’m not as concerned about focus and all the little things. The kids can go get water or whatever they need. These kids are the best of the best. Hopefully, they have the most motivation on Friday night. We aren’t dealing with kids who don’t know football.”
Hare, who is being helped this week by his entire Spanish Springs coaching staff, said because he is dealing with the cream of the crop in terms
of northern Nevada football players, his job is made much easier. He added that
his players understand the game better than the average player and comprehend
what they are being taught much more quickly.
That is invaluable when you’ve only got three-plus days to prepare for an all-star football game. Still, Hare said one of his top priorities is to not overload his players with schemes and plays. So what is his gameplan?
“It’s simple, simple, simple,” the coach quipped. “We’ll try to put in two or three plays and a couple different formations so things look different. We cut everything down. The simpler things are, the less I ask them to know, the better.
“About 10 years ago I had the chance to be an assistant for an all-star game and the head coach tried to put in his entire offense. When game time came, we looked like chickens with our heads cut off. So this time, I just want to make sure we do a few things well.”
Despite what he says will be a pretty simple gameplan, make no mistake, Hare and the Silver team are working this week to win.
“We want to win on Friday night. Our coaching staff put some time into this. Anytime you do that, you want to win. Practice may be more relaxed, but there’s an emphasis on getting it right,” Hare said. “The first practice we had, I got the sense immediately that these guys wanted to play well. I got the sense that these kids were about, ‘what can I do, coach, to get better.’
“We’ll have a couple trick plays and have some fun because it’s an all-star game, but at the same time, we want to win.”
Hare has five Reed and three Spanish Springs players who will suit up for his Silver squad. Reed quarterback, Brent Showalter, who was the High Desert League’s offensive player of the year last fall, leads the Reed contingent. Also on the Silver roster from Reed are defensive backs Tyler Puryear and Dennis Bartee, linebacker Donovan Inskip and center Collin Tuttle.
The three Spanish Springs athletes set to play for Silver are Dylan Woll, a first-team all-league receiver last fall, Austin Rauh, a first-team return man, and fullback Trent Flowers.
Hare and his SSHS coaching staff is relishing the opportunity to work with the top local players, but he also hopes the players walk away from their experience with a little something as well.
“I hope they understand that we coaches put an emphasis on wanting them to be in the best situation to have success,” he said. “We didn’t just throw things together. We want them to be successful and look back and say we put them in situations to do so.”