Berkmar hires BC native Cole Meyer as head football coach | Sports

Berkmar’s new head football coach brings a fresh perspective, as well as an interesting background that differs from many of his colleagues at Gwinnett County High School.

Cole Meyer, announced this week as the new coach of the Patriots, played high school football and college football in Canada and spent three years as an assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of British Columbia. The 27-year-old former college quarterback has also worked with the Elite 11 Academy and the QB Collective Academy.

“The committee responsible for selecting Berkmar High School’s next head football coach was impressed with Cole’s passion for coaching and leading student-athletes,” Berkmar athletic director Kenton Johnson said. “His energy was contagious and he laid out a clear plan to transform the football program. Personally, I was very impressed with his commitment to developing students in all areas of life. He is ready to be held accountable for the performance of its athletes on the playing field and how they develop as productive citizens.My principal and I couldn’t be more excited about the future of football at Berkmar High School.

Meyer will be tasked with building a long-running football program that has only had 10 winning seasons since the school opened in the 1960s (five of those winning seasons date back to the 1970s).

Berkmar went on a 47-game losing streak in the 2018 season, former head coach Willie Gary’s first season. Gary broke that spell in his first game, going 3-7 this season before going 4-6 in 2019. The COVID-19 pandemic caused a lot of program attrition in the 2020 season, when the Patriots are went 1-7 and had to cancel their last two games when much of their 35-player roster went into quarantine for contact tracing. They went 0-10 last season in a post-pandemic rebuilding draft.

Meyer spent last season as an assistant with Cambridge in Fulton County, although most of the Surrey, B.C. native’s coaching experience has been as an offensive assistant at the college.

“It’s like a dream come true,” Meyer said of landing the Berkmar job. “It’s like I won the lottery. I feel like Berkmar is a sleeping giant in this Gwinnett County specter. There are a lot of elite athletes coming out of this region. We have to make sure that we take care of our athletes and that they come through Berkmar. … I’m really lucky that the higher ups trusted me in this process and they realize it’s a marathon, not a sprint.

Berkmar’s administration believes Meyer has the attitude and drive to turn things around. Some of that energy comes from his youth – he turns 28 in August.

“I could push one of the younger coaches at 7A,” Meyer said. “It’s humbling, but I truly believe I was born for this.”

Meyer hailed Berkmar’s administration and alumni support as positives in his new job. He knows Berkmar’s history, but the prospect of turning the program into something special was also appealing.

“I try not to impose a master plan on the team, but to find out what motivates us and use it to our advantage, to create an environment where people believe in doing their job and caring. of the team. Winning is a byproduct of that,” Meyer said. “I don’t see us going from 0-10 to 10-0. I would love that Cinderella story, but I have a lot of respect for our competition and our region and I know that they will test us in every game. I wouldn’t want it any other way. We are going to become much better by playing the best competition. For me, I will be there to try to create a mark on the field that the teams can take on themselves.A team led by a coach can win, but a team led by players is a champion team.

One of Meyer’s initial missions is to build a stronger relationship with the youth program. A milestone has already been reached in that regard, as the former youth football team Bryson Park Warriors will once again become the Berkmar Patriots at the sixth, seventh and eighth grade levels, the coach said.

“Top down to teachers, parents, community, players and coaches, making this a community effort, that’s my goal,” Meyer said. “I want to make sure everyone enjoys this ride.”

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