Q&A with Suwannee coach Jamie Rodgers


Suwannee coach Jamie Rodgers poses during High School Media Day.

Aundre Larrow/ The Gainesville Sun
Published: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.

1. What are your expectations for the season?

“We talk to the kids all the time about this and that is for them to compete on every play. That’s my only expectation and the only thing I care that they do.”

2. Last year was not only your first year at Suwannee but your first year as a head coach. What did you learn?

“A lot. I’ve already been able to do things a lot more proficiently this year. It’s easy to sit back as an offensive or defensive coordinator or another assistant coach and say ‘This is what I would do if I were the boss.’ It’s a lot tougher when you’re doing the decision-making and it’s your name in the paper. That’s the biggest difference.”

3. The players talked about how much stronger they have gotten since your arrival and how their numbers have gone up in the weight room. Can you talk about that?

“That’s our building block. That’s what we want to do is outwork the other people.”

4. Can you talk about moving into a new district and out of the previous one where you were grouped with a couple of Tallahassee teams and Wakulla?

“We’re excited. We’ve been in that same district for a number of years, and it really makes scheduling tough. We’ve been coming to Media Days in Gainesville for years, but never played a team from around here, so I think it’s going to be really good for our fans to make some shorter trips and see some other teams and for our kids to play some other kids. We have played Santa Fe the last couple of years, but it will mean more now because we’re in the same district.”

5. Suwannee last reached the playoffs in 2003. What will it take to get back?

“A lot of our kids just don’t understand that tradition because it was so long ago and how big a deal it was at one time to be a Suwannee Bulldog and win four straight state championships. We try to talk to them a lot about that. Some of them have family members that played or were around back then, but just not very many.”

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