Trojans' new chief looks for big results after off-season turmoil
JAMES ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) - Plenty of changes are coming to James Island after an off-season full of issues. With meetings done and a new coach hired, the Trojans have a tough task and a tougher transition as the team heads into 4A play.
After a couple coaching changes and three consecutive losing seasons, the reconstruction of the Trojan football program is underway.
"We have a big mountain to climb, moving from 3A to 4A, playing the same teams year in and year out, but it's a different monster with Summerville, Wando, Fort Dorchester, West Ashley. We have a lot on our plate," said Ike Allred.
Allred is coming into the Lowcountry from the Pee Dee. Now he's entering his first season as the head coach at James Island.
"I'm an offensive guy: spread, no huddle, as much tempo as we can go. I like the guys not to think, just react to the calls on the sidelines. That's the tempo we've been trying to practice with and we're getting there," he said.
Allred was also a longtime assistant at Division II Newberry. He's hoping to embrace a little of the old with the new.
"We really do have a strong, tight-knit community here We've had plenty of new faces and old faces at practice. People want to be around winners. That's what I'm here to do: turn this program back to its winning ways," Allred said. "With names like Langston Miller and Roddy White, it's been done here before. It is attainable."
A big season taking the Trojans deep into playoffs is within reach, but it's not going to come without a few changes and a few more helping hands.
"It's a numbers game. We don't have the depth of teams we'll face. We're in the process of creating that depth," he said. "We have guys playing offense and defense, which is something we won't probably see. But we'll be in better shape and we'll play faster."
And that's where the hope is: to be faster, better, stronger, with more check marks in the win column.