Brian Thomas was officially tabbed as the new head football coach at Musselman following the retirement of longtime head coach Denny Price, who stands as the winningest coach in the state with 276 victories.
While those are certainly big shoes to fill, Thomas is ready to jump right in.
“The biggest thing is that mentally I know I’m ready to handle this situation,” Thomas said. “I know I’m going to work my hardest everyday to lead this football team.”
And a big reason for his readiness to take over, he said, is a credit to Price. Fresh out of college, Price gave Thomas an opportunity to serve as Musselman’s JV head coach. After two seasons there, Thomas spent the past four years on Price’s coaching staff at the varsity level.
“Coach Price has taught me so much and he’s been a great mentor to me, whether he knows it or not,” Thomas said. “I was constantly learning from the things he did – whether it be dealing with the players, dealing with things in the program or in-game situations. I was constantly learning from his ways and everything that he did.”
Thomas had a chance to meet with the players on Wednesday as the official new head coach.
“It was great,” he said. “I’ve always had a good relationship with my players and I’ve always gotten along with them. There was a great deal of excitement from me and they were very excited as well. It’s going to be a good time and we have a great group of kids here at Musselman.
“One of the things they’ll take from me is that there’s always a time to laugh – and I like to have a good time – but there’s also a time to be serious,” he continued. “I think our kids are going to do a great job of having a good time, but also knowing when to buckle down and get after things.”
“The biggest thing is that mentally I know I’m ready to handle this situation. I know I’m going to work my hardest everyday to lead this football team.” – Musselman head football coach Brian Thomas
And as for any scheme changes for the upcoming year?
“I think anytime a new guy comes in, everybody will have their own ways that they want to do things,” he said. “I’m definitely going to put my tweaks on the style of play and the program. I’m not going rewrite the whole book, but I’m a big believer in that you have to adapt your system to what you have.”
You can watch a complete interview with Thomas above.