It’s game day all across the Iowa High School football landscape with dreams of state titles dancing in the heads of head coaches alike.
One of those coaches looking for a great season is first year head coach for the ADM Tigers, Garrison Carter. Carter, a former Washington and Ogden coach, has seen plenty of football in his ten year high school career but the excitement surrounding coaching ADM football brings an extra level of excitement.
“It has certainly been a fun and crazy ten years of coaching that led me to Adel,” began Carter. “For me this is a dream job. It took the perfect situation for me to leave what we had going at Washington but I think ADM football can be extremely special and I’m so excited for the opportunity to be a part of that.”
As the Tigers hit the road for their first 2018 match up against Bondurant-Farrar, and the first game as ADM’s head coach, coach Carter looks back to his time in the past and sees similarities to what could be for ADM football.
“This job reminds me so much of when I took over at Ogden,” said Carter. “I went there when the program was low and we were able to do some special things during my time there.
Doing something special might have been an understatement as he took an Ogden team who hadn’t made the playoffs since 2001, to two straight state playoff trips in 2012 and 2013.
While coach Carter’s time at ADM so far has been little, his impact has already been as big as possible. This football mastermind has proven himself as a mastermind of bringing the best out of his players. One way coach Carter has done just that over his coaching tenure has been through unique and various awards. While at Washington, Carter routinely honored various players and did so often through the use of social media. From offensive player of the week to defensive and special teams players of the week and others, coach Carter has found various ways to honor the hard work of his football athletes.
At ADM high school, those football honors have transformed into names such as best finisher, the best competitor, and toughest player, awards that will be given out every Monday for the efforts put on the field Friday.
“Our program is built on five core values: toughness, compete, finish, energy, and family,” started Carter. “The big three on game nights are compete, finish, and toughness. We want to celebrate players that excel in those areas instead of the traditional offense, defense, and special teams.”
Coach Carter has already dished out such awards with Lucas Heitz earning the competitor award, Nate Conrad taking home the Finisher award, and junior Kaden Sutton earning the toughness award. The weekly honorees are given options such as wearing a black practice jersey with a Tiger skull on the front.
The hard work looks to pay off for coach Carter and the Tigers as they take on non district foe Bondurant-Farrar tonight with the freshman game at 4:45 p.m. and the varsity match up at 7:30 p.m.