Raiders football coaches set to be part of Alberta Summer Games coaching staff
By: Lucas Punkari
| Posted: Thursday, Jul 03, 2014 02:48 pm
It may be a different coaching role than he’s used to, but Airdrie Raiders midget football team Head Coach Steve Kemp is looking forward to being a part of the coaching staff for the Zone 2 football team in the 2014 Alberta Summer Games, which will take place in Airdrie from July 24 to 27.
“This is the first time that I’ve been involved with the Summer Games, and I’m looking forward to a whole new experience,” Kemp said. “I’m still feeling my way around a little bit, but I’m excited to be a part of it.”
Kemp, who found out that he would be involved with the Zone 2 coaching staff in February, will be the team’s offensive line coach as he serves under Head Coach John Price of Okotoks.
“I’ve been involved as a head coach with the Raiders program now in Airdrie for the last five years, so that’s going to be a little bit of a twist on things to be a position coach,” Kemp said. “With that said, I’m going back to coach a position that I played and have helped out in the past, and it should be a lot of fun.”
Kemp will also be joined on the Zone 2 coaching staff by Raiders offensive coordinator and fellow Airdrie resident Chris Glass, who will serve as the team’s running back and wide receiver coach.
“I was more of a later addition than Steve was, as another coach had to drop out, and this was something that I really wanted to be involved with,” Glass said.
“A lot of times when you have these all-star type of teams, head coaches or coordinators have to find a way to contribute in more of a position coach role,” he added.
“For me, it’s something I’m looking forward to in going back to a role like this, and to showcase some of our local talent in Airdrie to the hometown fans is going to be an amazing experience.”
The Zone 2 football team, which is nicknamed the Big Country region, will feature 14 and 15 year olds that come from communities outside of Calgary, such as Airdrie, Olds, and Drumheller.
“We had our tryout camp and set the roster at the start of June, but things are going to get pretty busy here in July as we get closer to the games,” Kemp said.
“Our main practices will be in Okotoks on the weekends in the lead up to the Summer Games,” he added.
“We’re trying to get some field time here in Airdrie as well, especially since the Games will be taking place at Ed Eggerer Athletic Park.”
While Kemp expects the four days of competition to be hectic, he’s looking forward to being on the sidelines in what will be a big event in his hometown.
“This is where I grew up and it was a goal of mine to be a part of this coaching staff,” Kemp said.
“It’s a big honour, and I’m hoping that we will be able to show what we can do against some of the best players in the province.”