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Quadrio trades in Cougars purple for Raiders Blue
by Dan Eckles
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Tribune photo by Dan Eckles - After a long tenure as an assistant football coach at Spanish Springs, Lawrence Quadrio has joined the Reed gridiron staff and will coach the defensive line.
Tribune photo by Dan Eckles - After a long tenure as an assistant football coach at Spanish Springs, Lawrence Quadrio has joined the Reed gridiron staff and will coach the defensive line.
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Lawrence Quadrio had a tough choice to make at the end of last fall’s prep football season. The long-time Spanish Springs assistant football coach loved the school, the Cougar athletes and coaching on the gridiron, but he also felt it was time for a change. He wanted a fresh start and fresh outlook.

So after 10 years of roaming the varsity football squad’s sidelines, ‘Quad’ as he’s affectionately known, decided to step down from his Cougars defensive coordinator chores.

“I love the kids over there,” he said. “I’m extremely thankful for the opportunity given to me at Spanish Springs and really proud of what we did defensively. We were so blessed with so many good players. Several of them are playing big-time football. I really value my relationships over there ... I just thought it was time.”

Spanish Springs’ loss has proved to be Reed’s gain. It didn’t take long for veteran Reed football coach Ernie Howren to extend an invitation to Quadrio to join the RHS coaching staff. The former Spanish Springs assistant jumped at the opportunity and has been busy all summer acclimating himself at Reed where he will coach the Raiders’ defensive line unit this fall.  

Howren, whose Raiders have won three of the last four large school football championships in northern Nevada, is ecstatic to add Quadrio to his successful staff.

“I just feel like we got a whole lot better as a team,” Howren said. “As soon as you sit down and talk football, you know he knows the game. We’ve known who Quad is. He’s always had such great defensive gameplans when he’s coached against us or others while at Spanish Springs.

“The great thing about Quad is he’s a great leader of young men. You can see the respect they have for Quad. The relationships he’s building, that’s what I see.”

Quadrio was entrenched in his duties as the Spanish Springs DC, and he said he’s missing not being in charge of the defensive calls, but he’s enjoying the defensive line work and admits not having all the defensive responsibilities has its perks too.

“I look at it both ways,” Quadrio said. “I miss doing what I was doing. With the exception of a game here and there, I’m proud of the defensive product we put on the field, but it is nice to take a step  back and work with (Reed DC) Jack (Bice) and see how he goes about putting a defense together. It’s nice to see how somebody does something new and seeing something different. It makes me a better coach to see things from a different angle.”

Quadrio has wasted no time getting to work with Reed. He’s immersed himself in the Raiders’ summer football program. He didn’t give away any Raiders secret formulas, instead just stressing that his defensive linemen are doing the work to improve.

“We’re just going through our everyday drills, working on the fundamental techniques that we use to execute the defense. I’m really concentrating on helping them be as good as they can be.”

Quadrio comes from the coaching tree of northern Nevada legendary coach Joe Sellers, who won multiple state titles at Wooster and Bishop Manogue. Quadrio played for Sellers at Wooster nearly 30 years ago and he sees some similarities in how the Reed staff goes about its business.

“One thing I think is different (at Reed). After I’d been here a week and a half and watched summer weights, they asked me, ‘what did I think?’” Quadrio said. What struck me is how Ernie (Howren) does his summer weights. I remembered a lot of what I did 30 years ago with Coach Sellers. It’s very similar here to how Coach Sellers got his teams ready.

“Here they are very dedicated in the weight room. They spend an hour to an hour and 15 minutes, out of their three hours everyday, in the weight room. Then they go out and work on their movements to get quicker and faster, more athletic. And then, they go do some football stuff. They’re very dedicated here in making bigger, stronger, faster athletes and that’s something that’s been displayed in their success over the last 10 years or so.”

Quadrio may miss Spanish Springs but likes the change of pace and new outlook he’s getting Reed.

“The staff and Ernie are fantastic,” Quadrio said. “It’s been really nice just to get a different perspective, not better or worse, just different. I’m seeing things done in a very focused manner. It’s very business-like and systematic. Ernie’s got a gameplan and he executes it on a daily basis.”

The first official day of practice for the Silver State’s prep football programs is Aug. 15. The first day teams can don pads and start full-contact drills Aug. 19. That’s the day Quadrio is looking forward to.

“I can’t wait to get into pads. I felt the energy go way up when we were in pads during our camp in June. Especially coaching the D-line, where my focus is, there’s going to be some contact in there. You need to have the gear on to see who can do what they need to do to play Raider football.”
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