For the most part, Shaw's new leader Chuck Stamey was made to be a head coach.
His 14 years at TSYS helped him learn organizational discipline and how to deal with different types of people, two of the most important skills for anyone put in charge of an athletic program.
His time playing for great football minds like Hal Mumme, Mike Leach, Dana Holgorsen and Guy Morriss helped him with the on-field part of it. There's a wealth of knowledge that can be passed on to his players.
It's the little things, he said, that have been most difficult to adjust to.
"Things you just don't know about," he explained. "Scheduling freshman games, scheduling JV games. Those things, you just don't understand until you get this job. But I'm extremely lucky. I've got very knowledgeable coaches, a brand new defensive coordinator (Clinton Lawrence). It makes it a lot easier because I don't have to worry as much about the X's and O's. I can worry about the bureaucracy of things."
Stamey took over the program in January after former coach Kyle Adkins left in December. Stamey will enter his sixth year with the program this season after beginning his time on the offensive line before moving to defensive coordinator for the past three seasons.
In total, he's got eight coaches helping on his staff who work at the school.
"That's pretty much unheard of in Muscogee County," he said. "We know each other, we see each other everyday."
And like any well-operated business, he's able to delegate responsibilities across the board to people he trusts can get the job done without his constant attention.
It's created a situation that, he hopes, can improve communication from the top down. And he hopes that translates to the field, where the team is hoping to give its impressive defense some more consis
tent help on the offensive side of the ball.
"This past year, our defense pretty much played lights out," he said. "At halftime, we were within seven points in a majority of our games. But our defense would just finally get worn out. We'd have too many three-and-outs or turnovers. So we came in thinking that our offense was going to be the focus."
He wants to maintain the spread philosophy but also become more of a ball-control offense than it has been in the past. That means minor shifts in offensive philosophy, though they have no intention of taking away 3,000-yard passer B.J. Knight's best weapon -- his arm.
"We love big plays and will take one any time we can get it," Stamey said. "But if it's something we can drag out for 10-15 plays and just eat up the clock. I always reference back to the Georgia-Georgia Tech game last year. There's just nothing you can do. That's the most helpless feeling -- Mark Richt and Mike Bobo on the sideline were feeling, you know, it doesn't matter what we do."
He wants his opponents to feel the same way.
But for now in the final weeks of the summer program, he's just trying to improve the communication, understanding and daily approach as a head coach.
"And good lord willing and the creek don't rise, we'll win one game at a time," Stamey said. "That's what we're trying to do."
The Raiders open the season against Luella on Aug. 21 at Kinnett Stadium.
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