Coach Hamilton fields questions for SAC Digital Media Day

BREVARD, N.C. – The South Atlantic Conference hosted its second annual Digital Media Day this morning, giving fans and media members the opportunity to interact with the head coaches of all eight football-playing conference schools ahead of the start of the 2014 season.

Brevard head coach Paul Hamilton fielded questions for 15 minutes on Monday. His answers are reproduced below.

The transcript for the entire online press conference can be accessed here.

2014 SAC Digital Media Day: Paul Hamilton Comments

Paul Hamilton: Good morning everyone! We’re excited about our players reporting back to campus today and we’re looking forward to the 2014 season and the opportunity to be a part of a great league like the South Atlantic Conference.

Question: First question has to be about the turf. How awesome is it??

PH:  There will be no more Mud Bowls in Brevard! The community along with all of Brevard College is very excited and thankful to enhance our program with the new turf, and I’m sure our opponents will be glad to know now that they’ll be able to play in a better venue.

Q: Have your players reported yet? What is the practice schedule looking like for the Tornados?

PH: Our players report to campus today and tomorrow will be a transition day with compliance and equipment issues as well as knocking out physicals and administrative meetings. We’re looking forward to starting practice on Wednesday.

Q: Talk about being one of the least-penalized teams in the country last season. How can you translate that into more success this season?

PH: We emphasize structure and discipline a great deal in our program. That’s an area where our teams have done a good job year in and year out, not only at Brevard but everywhere I’ve been a coach. We realize that we must be good in that area because we can’t do things to beat ourselves. We hope, along with improvement in other areas, that it will make a difference in us being a better football team this fall.

Q: Saw Overholt was named to the first-team preseason all-SAC, how much of a weapon is he for you in the return game?

PH: To begin with, Andre Overholt is one of the finest young men I’ve ever had a chance to coach. He sets a standard, not only for our football program, but for all of Brevard College. He not only is a big part of our special teams in every phase, not just returning punts and kickoffs, he contributes as much to this football team as any guy we’ve had play here at Brevard. Offensively, he runs, blocks, and catches, and he does the little things to make him one of the better football players in the entire conference.

Q: Are there any games on your schedule that stand out for you this season?

PH: I think most people would agree that we may be playing the toughest schedule in all of Division II football. Opening up against Western Carolina and Liberty certainly is a great challenge for a lot of football teams. Then when you follow that up with our conference opener against Carson-Newman, a game at North Greenville, and Lenoir-Rhyne at home we’ve got to play well early on. Without a doubt.

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