NEGAUNEE, MI – 8/12/14 –The excitement was there. You could see it on the players and the coaches, particularly Head Coach Paul Jacobson. Watching the first day of practices could bring even the oldest Miner back to the days when they donned the Maize & Blue and practiced in the August heat.
As per usual, there were no pads on for the first few days of practices. Nope, the first few days are reserved for getting everybody into shape. Conditioning tests, skill challenges, exercise drills, and (for those who aren’t quite in the shape they need to be) dawn patrols.
There’s a reason Negaunee football is 20-4 in the past two seasons, and it’s the preparations made by the coaching staff & players. Off-season lifting & skill development are the life-blood of any successful team, and Coach Jacobson & Co. make that possible. Don’t underestimate the “Co.” part of that last statement either. As any University of Michigan football fan can tell you, a Head Coach can only be as good as his assistants. Coach Jacobson’s brother Kevin has run one of the most explosive offenses in the MPC over the past few years, and will look to keep that going in 2014. Along with the Jacobsons are assistant coaches Jeff Niemi & Dan Waterman (Negaunee’s new head basketball coach).
It’s building up to be an exciting year in Negaunee football, and these four men will be molding the team to play up to Negaunee Miners expectations, and as the broadcaster of the games, I couldn’t be more excited!
-Carl Leander Johnson
As football gets nearer, we’d like to continue to thank those businesses who sponsor the Negaunee Miners Football team!
- Jackson’s Pit of Negaunee – The new kid on the block, Jackson’s Pit offers a full array of foods that can satisfy every member of the family. Try their JP Originals that are made in-house or one of their 10 signature burgers. If you’re feeling on the lighter side, they have a delicious assortment of salads and wraps for you to enjoy. Jackson’s Pit is located at 305 Iron St. in downtown Negaunee!
- GE Builders of Negaunee – Specializing in new residential construction, these contractors will do every last thing they can to make sure the job gets done right. Get those final summer projects done with the help of GE Builders! Call now at 906-360-4809
- Bell Hospital of Ishpeming – Bell has been a part of the community now for years. They pride themselves on giving the best care in the area, and are always striving to better themselves. With a full cast of physicians, therapists, and other services, Bell Hospital is your one-stop-shop for all of your medical needs. They are proud to be a part of the community and to be sponsoring local sports teams.