May 18, 2024


Interior The Freshmaker

This week in HS Sports: Bayside’s Phil Lazenby talks longevity, summer workouts, what’s next

A weekly seem at superior faculty sports in the point out of Alabama for the earlier 7 days, a seem ahead to what is on faucet and a tiny 80s inspiration. This is an opinion piece.

Revamped large college policies let coaches to perform substantially much more with their university student-athletes all through the summer season than they could in the past.

Some schools get very little time off in June and July just before rolling ideal into fall camp. That is not the circumstance at Bayside Academy.

Though the guidelines might have modified, veteran mentor Phil Lazenby’s technique to summer time exercise sessions has not.

“A whole lot of these colleges have been doing the job out for four weeks,” Lazenby stated this week on SportsTalk 99.5 FM in Cell. “Some are going on 5 weeks. I just do not do that. I give our young ones time off. We did not begin till June 21.

“People say we are receiving a late begin. I imagine it allows the kids get away from it for a while. They get to go on their vacations. Then they are not missing later on in the summertime when you really will need them there. Anyone requirements some time off, which include the old individuals like me. This 24/7 technique – we are not faculty, and we are not professionals. I just think acquiring away from a very little while is very good.”

Lazenby’s strategy has stood the exam of time.

He’s won 194 online games in 26 years as a head coach at four distinct stops. His teams have missed the playoffs just five times since 1991.

Lazenby has expended the final 15 a long time at Daphne’s Bayside Academy exactly where he’s received 109 online games and dropped 67. He will enter his 16th year with the Admirals this tumble.

“When I arrived in this article, I considered I was heading to mentor maybe six or seven many years and all of the sudden it’s 16,” he joked.

Lazenby has the edge of a veteran employees at Bayside that incorporates David Stapleton, Mark Lasseter and Doug Leffard. What does he expect from this year’s Bayside workforce, which moves up from 3A to 4A.

“I’m heading toward the conclusion of my job,” he reported. “I know young when I see it. This group is like pre-natal. We will almost certainly have at minimum five freshmen to commence. … We have some fantastic kids. I like them, and they are enjoyable, but I really do not know how fantastic they will be.”

Youthful or not, the prospects are good that Lazenby will have his group in the playoff hunt at the conclude of the yr.

Coaching motion

There has been motion on a whole lot of fronts this 7 days.

On Thursday, Satsuma named Rodney Jordan as its new soccer mentor. Jordan replaces Ray Nelson. He used the 2021 year as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator beneath Ed Rigby at Eufaula.

The Cell County Board of Commissioners officially approved John McKenzie as the new Murphy coach this week. McKenzie led Vigor to the 4A point out title in 2021 but was place on administrative depart in February. He had a transient press meeting at the school, stating he desired time to be with his spouse who was unwell.

Former B.C. Rain head soccer mentor and Alma Bryant, Daphne and Murphy assistant Tellis Stone has joined Patrick Nix’s defensive employees at Central-Phenix Town.

Previous Millry and Thomasville head mentor Greg Crager has been named offensive coordinator at Benjamin Russell.

Previous Elberta soccer coach Lanny Jones is the new head mentor at Billingsley.

Saraland announced 3 big hires this week. The Spartans employed previous head coaches Daniel Forshier (Blount) and Dru Powell (Thompson) as basketball assistants and Stu Fuller (Fairhope) as a baseball assistant. In the meantime, Fairhope introduced Thursday it has promoted Kyle Hunter to fill Fuller’s task. Elberta also introduced the employing of previous Daphne coach Owen Davis as the Warriors baseball mentor.

Recruiting information

Alabama landed a pair of massive in-state commits this week, a single in the Course of 2023 and an additional for 2024.

Tony Mitchell, the No. 2-ranked player in this year’s class out, fully commited to the Crimson Tide on Sunday. The 5-star Thompson defensive back again had a final 4 that also involved Auburn, Texas A&M and Georgia.

Foley climbing junior huge receiver Perry Thompson dedicated to the Tide late very last week. Alabama was the initially big supply for the receiver who reminds a lot of of former Foley and Alabama star Julio Jones.

Other the latest in-point out commits include things like:

Selma S Dakaari Nelson (Penn Condition)

Hoover OL Ethan Hubbard (Duke)

Moody’s Mason Myers (Arkansas Point out)

Minimal OL Joshua Daniel (Arkansas Condition)

Enormous 7 days forward

Top recruits really don’t take a break for the 4th of July Holiday break.

5 of the state’s prime 2023 potential clients are scheduled to dedicate in the upcoming 8 days.

That flurry commences at noon these days with Catholic RB Jeremiah Cobb choosing from Auburn, Tennessee and Clemson. Pinson Valley DB T.J. Metcalf is also scheduled to select right now. His finalists are Ole Skip, Penn State, Arkansas and Jackson State.

At 11 a.m. Tuesday, Highland Household DL Keldric Faulk is scheduled to make his alternative. His last four are Auburn, Florida, Clemson and Florida Point out.

On Wednesday, Alabama Christian DB Avery Stuart will decide on from Auburn, Florida Point out, Arkansas, Miami, Kentucky and Michigan State.

And on Friday, Thompson 5-star DL Peter Woods will announce his dedication. Alabama, Clemson, Florida and Jackson Point out are his closing 4.

Of course, that does not include things like any unscheduled commitments.

It’s that time of calendar year, individuals.

Convey it on.

Believed for the 7 days

“I have explained to you these matters, so that in me you may perhaps have peace. In this planet you will have problems. But get coronary heart! I have triumph over the globe.” – John 16:33

80s quotation of the 7 days

“Sorry, Goose, but it is time to buzz the tower.” – Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, Leading Gun (If you have not found Leading Gun: Maverick, do you a favor and test it out.)

Ben Thomas is the large faculty sportswriter at Stick to him on twitter at @BenThomasPreps or e-mail him at [email protected]. His weekly column is posted each Friday on He can be heard weekly on “Inside Large University Sports” on SportsTalk 99.5 FM in Cellular or on the cost-free IHeart Radio Application at 2 p.m. Wednesdays.