PADUCAH, KY – Two weeks after announcing the hiring of Darren Bowling as head football coach, Murray officially introduced him to the community on Monday afternoon.
Bowling was hired at the start of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s time-out, which barred coaches from contacting players for two weeks.
Monday was his first chance to meet his new players and their parents.
“Football is a community,” Bowling said of Monday’s meeting. “It takes an army to run a football program and you have to have close people who love their football and love their community to be successful. Just since I’ve been here, that’s all I’ve encountered.”
It was also the first day of training for the Tigers under Bowling as he began to install his new system. It’s a system that has earned him four state championships in his 12 years of training at Union City.
“The bottom line is you want to see a lot of energy from them,” Bowling said of his players. “You want to see enthusiasm and you want to see people who buy into the system. In other words, it’s a system they have to adhere to to make it work. You hope there will be some excitement at the end of the day that revolves around Murray football. “
The Tigers will open the 2021 season on August 20 in Crittenden County.