HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL CAMP REPORT: Scorpions New Head Coach Changes Culture, Hopes For Post Season
By Alan Zlotorzynski, Assistant Editor // August 3, 2017
West Point grad takes over Satellite Scorpions
ABOVE VIDEO: Space Coast Daily continues it’s coverage of previewing the 2017 High School football season by visiting with new Satellite Scorpion head coach Ted Kimmey on Tuesday.
SATELLITE SCORPIONS: INDEPENDENT
LAST SEASON: 3-7
FIVE YEAR RECORD: 17-34-1
HEAD COACH: TED KIMMEY (FIRST SEASON)
RETURNING STARTERS: 6 OFFENSE, 7 DEFENSE
BREVARD COUNTY • SATELLITE BEACH, FLORIDA – New Satellite head coach Ted Kimmey takes over a program that has averaged less than three wins per season over the past dozen years, and has produced one winning record during that span, a 7-4 mark in 2010.
But Kimmey has the Scorpion faithful, and more importantly, his players believing that 2017 and beyond can be different.
A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, coach Kimmey was promoted from offensive coordinator to head coach last April and immediately began to change the culture of losing at Satellite.
He reached into his bag of leadership skills taught to him at West Point and created a blueprint for success.
There are two parts to this blueprint, core values and core behaviors.
Building relationships, being committed, having a good attitude, demonstrating a strong work ethic and showing up at school ready to compete for a good grade in the classroom – and a win on the field – represent the values coach Kimmey is looking for.
Being ready to serve, sacrifice, sweat and do so with a positive swagger while being savage in a positive way both on and off the field are the behaviors he expects from his players and coaches. It’s no coincidence all the core behaviors start with an “S”.
The Scorps have already demonstrated many of the values and behaviors Kimmey is expecting of his team.
As a team serving their community, the Scorpions placed flags around Satellite Beach homes for the Fourth of July and cleaned up miles of beach after the holiday.
ABOVE VIDEO: Highlights from Satellite’s shutout spring game win over Cocoa Beach.
The Scorpions also had a team camp at Satellite High School which was was a huge success. The players pitched tents and participated in team building exercises and they even demonstrated their off field talents as coach held an entertaining talent show.
Kimmey believes all of this will translate into more wins on the football field.
However, it would be naïve to think that a close team that serves the community is all that is needed to register wins in Brevard County on the gridiron.
Talent is also a necessity and the Scorpions have that as well. Led by QB Noah Mumme, running back Luis Morris and linebacker Andrew Abendroth, Satellite returns six offensive and seven defensive starters from last year’s squad.
Mumme is as athletic as any signal caller in the county. In fact, Mumme is the two-time defending state pole vaulting champion. This past spring in the FHSAA track and field pole vault finals, Mumme cleared 15 feet, 4 1/4 inches to win the 2A pole vault title for the second consecutive year.
A busy Day 2 in the books. Another 1-0 day. We brought the juice today — if you’re juiceful, you’re useful‼️ pic.twitter.com/S1Nl4eJnJb
— Satellite Football (@ScorpFootball) August 2, 2017
ABOVE VIDEO: Highlights from day two on the practice field.
Perhaps even more impressive is that his teammate finished second in that same competition. Scorpions running back Luis Morris vaulted 14-feet, 4 ½ inches to take home the silver medal.
The duo will look to vault the Scorps into post-season contention on the football field this season and demonstrated their potential during the spring game when Satellite shutout rival Cocoa Beach 38-0
M&M as I’ll call them, combined to score five touchdowns in the game. Morris rushed for over 120-yards and three scores while Mumme passed for a touchdown and rushed for another.
The Scorpions also return WR’s Coleman Jacobus and Eric Nicks, who will both cause defenses headaches while adding options to the passing game. Up front Mumme and Morris will have protection to throw and holes to run through as the Scorpions return several linemen led by tackle Joe Schwarz and center Alex Iervasi.
Defensively, the Scorpions will be an improved unit that allowed 38 points per game last season. When linebacker Andrew Abendroth isn’t benching over 315-pounds and deadlifting 415-pounds in the weight room, he’ll likely be leading the team and possibly the county in tackles this season.
The speedy Eric Nicks will also be a factor on defense. Nicks, a senior, was clocked at 4.49 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
The Scorpions will move from an all Brevard County Class 5A District 14 division and play as an independent with three other teams, Highlands Christian, Miami Christian and Scheck Hillel Community School.
Satellite kicks off the 2017 season on the road in the Florida Key vs. the Key West Conchs, the only 2016 playoff team on the schedule. They return from the Keys to play three straight home games against Eau Gallie, Melbourne and Father Lopez.
Satellite then hits the road for two of their next three games as they travel to Port Orange to face Atlantic and Winter Park to face Trinity Prep.
The Scorps will host the Bayside Bears between the two road games.
Satellite will host two games in a row and finish up with two in a row on the road. They will also play for a golden conch shell, surfboard and enjoy a late season bye week during the final quarter of the schedule.
The Scorpions will host the Astronaut War Eagles, take a week off and then welcome in the Pirates from Fernandina Beach, Florida. Fernandina Beach is literally the last beach town on the east coast of Florida before you reach the state of Georgia. The winner will receive a golden conch shell trophy.
The Scorps close out the season with two straight on the road at Harmony and finish up 2017 looking to hoist their fifth straight surf board in the Beach Bowl against the Minutemen from Cocoa Beach.
When asked what his team’s strength was for 2017, coach Kimmey replied with one word, “culture.”
Combining the new culture Kimmey has instilled at Satellite with the talent the Scorpions return and are grooming, it is probable that long awaited trip back to the post season could be within reach this season.
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