by Joe D'Angelo
As we approach the coming season, I want to express my appreciation for all the hard work and effort that has gone into building the Cranbrook Football Program.
We have built a solid foundation that has allowed us to grow and develop these last few years. From earning a spot in the state playoffs in 2014, to winning our first playoff game in 2015, we have made yearly progress in the growth of Cranbrook football.
I firmly believe that what drives all of us- parents, teacher, coaches, and players- is the belief that many life lessons are learned through the participation in organized football. Commitment, teamwork, discipline, and work ethic are just a few of the character building experiences that occur in developing a success football program.
A measure of gratitude goes to our former players, who have graduated from Cranbrook and are now pursuing their dreams at universities and in the adult world. We thank you for your willingness to blaze the trail for our current players to follow. We are encouraged by your visits, your messages via social media, and your donations to the school on behalf of the program. Thank you for leaving a strong legacy for our boys to follow.
Thanks to the current players, who are working very hard to improve themselves, and go beyond their accomplishments in recent years. We are proud of your dedication to the offseason workouts, conditioning, and voluntary personal growth efforts like skill camps. We are proud of you in the classroom, on the field, and in the community service you perform. We are proud of the young men you are becoming.
I appreciate the parents and their volunteer efforts to make the football experience at Cranbrook a great thing. From working the chains and providing food for the players, to donations for our events like Friday Night Lights and Senior Night, our parents have gone above and beyond in making Cranbrook Football great.
I want to applaud the dedication of our fine coaching staff, trainers, and other support personnel who have labored many hours to develop the plans for growth. We have a fine staff at Cranbrook, with many years of dedicated coaching experience. We have really good trainers, who work with our kids through injuries and their physical development. This team does great work.
And lastly, I want to thank the Cranbrook Administration, both in the Athletic Department and within the various other divisions that have supported the growth of Cranbrook football. The school as a whole has embraced the rise in Cranbrook Football and has played their part behind the scenes to make things happen in a positive way. It’s great to see the faculty, staff, and administrators attending the games and enjoying themselves. It’s even more encouraging to see them embrace the boys as they challenge them in the classrooms and around the campus. We are building student athletes, and they are indeed students first.
As we have changed the culture of Cranbrook Football, we look ahead to the coming season with great hope and anticipation.
One of the most notable developments is the number of freshman out for football. This bodes well for the future of football here at CK. Thanks to Andy Fairman, Pat Hultman and Coach Biggie, for promoting and encouraging our Middle Schools boys to come out and give high school football a try. I promised with the increased numbers, we would have a JV program. This helped to bring out more boys who wanted to play but felt they were not ready for Varsity practice and games. We will have 5 JV games with the possibility of adding 1 or 2 more.
We are a more experienced varsity team, having learned to win hard fought victories. We look forward to pushing deeper and reaching new heights. Our goals for the season are the following:
1. Having players enjoy and experience memorable moments thru their participation in football.
2. Win the league, which for the first time since joining the Catholic League allows us to compete for the Catholic league championship at Ford field.
3. Qualify for the state playoffs and improve on 1st playoff victory of last year.
"There is no such thing as luck.
Winning is a result of investment, attitude, and confidence"
Even though we have had two seasons of steady improvement, we must not let up in our preparation. “Chance favors the Prepared Mind” was stated by the French Chemist Louis Pasteur to explain how breakthroughs in science occur. We seek new breakthroughs in our football activities. By being prepared, we give ourselves the best chance to succeed.
I break down our football preparation into 5 phases:
Phase 1. Winter and Spring workouts
Phase 2. Mini Camp
Phase 3. Summer Strength & Conditioning + 7 on 7 passing scrimmages
Phase 4. Pre-Season overnight camp and 2 a day practices until school starts
Phase 5. In season practices and games
As we pass through each phase, we will get stronger and more adept in the fundamentals of football. Our chances to achieve our goals increase as we diligently work in each phase.
Education is important at Cranbrook, and I encourage the team to prepare for the upcoming academic season. It’s never too late to pick a book and study ahead. At Cranbrook, we expect success on the field and in the classroom.
I look forward to a good season.