Transcript of Hamilton's Digital Media Day commentsAugust 5, 2015
BREVARD, N.C. – The South Atlantic Conference hosted its third 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 2015 season.
Brevard head coach Paul Hamilton fielded questions for 15 minutes on Wednesday. His answers are reproduced below.
The transcript for the entire online press conference can be accessed here.
2015 SAC Digital Media Day: Paul Hamilton Comments
Question: Your offense is fun to watch. Where did you develop your patent on the veer?
Paul Hamilton: We started running our system at Wofford years ago when Mike Ayers and I went down there together. Then it developed as I coached at the Air Force Academy for eight years and I've built on it since.
Q: Good morning, Coach Hamilton: One thing that stood out from last year was the number of turnovers, which otherwise took away from impressive offensive stats last season. How do you address that heading into the season?
PH: The turnovers are something that we've put a great emphasis on since the start of spring practice. When I coached at Air Force, we had a year where turnovers became a problem and we started some things in practice the following spring and on into preseason that made a big difference in us the following year becoming one of the best offensive teams in the country concerning least turnovers. I've implemented a lot of those same principles that helped us turn things around at the Academy.
Q: How has the move to D3 affected the program?
PH: From a standpoint of our enthusiasm and commitment to the 2015 football season, in no way at all has it affected the program. In fact, it has increased our commitment to be a good football team this fall. There's no question that it has affected some of our younger players--we've lost a few players since the decision was made to eventually move to Division III.
Q: Coach: What is Brevard's biggest strength and who is one player on offense and defense who are expected to have an impact for the Tornados this season?
PH: I think that our offensive line and the fullback position, even with the loss of Jordan Ollis, are two areas that we feel very good about going into the season. There's no question that we are looking forward to our redshirt freshman quarterback Tyler Gregory having the opportunity to play this season. Defensively, we feel that our front has a chance to be one of the best that we've had here. We're excited about the addition of several junior college transfers at the linebacker positions. As far as one player, we really feel like senior free safety Marcus Lunsford has an opportunity to be one of the better defensive football players in our league this year.
Q: Who would you say BC's biggest rival?
PH: I think that our series against Mars Hill and the respect that we have for Coach Clifton, his staff, and his program, along with proximity, has become a game that our fans really enjoy. The fact that it's our last game of the season, at home, and will be televised this year on a local network will only add to the excitement.