A veteran football coach has joined the Holland College Hurricanes club team. Dennis Sweet was the head football coach of Lyndon Institute, a prestigious private school in Vermont, for 18 years. He won more than 100 games and took the team to five state championship games. “I had read about the Hurricanes in the paper, and a couple of people at the golf club suggested that the team would be interested in my experience and abilities,” he said. Hurricanes president Mike O’Grady said “interested” may be something of an understatement. “We were very excited about meeting coach Sweet, and were thrilled that he was interested in joining our program as an assistant coach,” O’Grady said. “His expertise and philosophy toward coaching is going to be a tremendous asset to the team this season. Dennis not only coached for more than four decades, he also taught coaching at Lyndon State College. We feel very privileged to have him on our staff.” In addition to being a head coach, Sweet has also coached the offensive and defensive lines, and been an offensive, defensive and quarterback co-ordinator and a scout. He incorporates strategies he used as a social studies teacher to keep players engaged and focused. “Good coaching is teaching,” he said. “Players need to be able to focus on what you are demanding of them. They can’t do that if all they’re thinking about is how hot and uncomfortable they are.” Sweet said he has been able to be involved in football for so many years because of the support of his wife Brenda, who also retired this spring. The Hurricanes will play their season opener against the Saint John Seawolves at the Canada Games Stadium in Saint John, N.B., Saturday at 4 p.m. The first home game for the Hurricanes is on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 1 p.m. at the UPEI Alumni Canada Games Place. This will be the league’s fifth season. “All four teams looked well balanced and any contest will be an exciting game for the fans,” said league commissioner Terry Allen. Each team will play six regular season contests. The second game this weekend will see defending champions UNB Fredericton Red Bombers travel to play the Dalhousie Tigers in Halifax.
- chris lyon
- November 20, 2013 - 04:29
this man is a great coach played for him my self