Marshall's Mathis looks to finish playing catch up soon
May 28, 2017 at 4 a.m.
Time has flown by fast for many people, including Marshall athletic director and head football coach Claude Mathis who said he still has a lot of work to do.
"Dude, it's almost June already," Mathis said. "It's going by fast. I was just telling these guys that we're playing catch up but we're doing a good job in playing catch up. That's something we won't always do but when you get a new coach in here late, you have to play catch up but we won't be doing that for long."
Mathis said he has seen a lot of positives in his short time here and is looking forward to a solid year next year.
"I've been here a month and a couple days and I think it's been going well, especially with not having a complete staff here," he added. "The coaches that have been here and have been working with me have done a tremendous job and more importantly, our kids have bought in. They're doing an excellent job in understanding that the culture is changing and it doesn't happen overnight. Rome wasn't built overnight but at the same time, they're doing exactly what I'm asking them to do right now.
"When it comes to the overall athletic department, we have to do some things that are going to get us back headed in the right direction but again, the culture overall for the whole athletic department has to change," Mathis continued. "All the coaches are on board. They know my expectations and it starts with me. I'm holding everybody accountable but again, it starts with me. If they see me doing it, if they see me holding myself accountable, change is going to happen and it's going to be for the best because our No. 1 priority is these kids."
Mathis has made a few coaching changes, including hiring Kayla Green as head volleyball coach, Jake Griedl as offensive coordinator and Jerry Poth as defensive coordinator.
"He's coming in from Lake Travis," Mathis said of Griedl. "I'm excited about him, very excited. He's made a big difference already and he's only been here a week. He's coming from a winning tradition program. He's coming fresh off a state championship. His expectations are high and they should be. We're not going to lower our standards just because we're coming from somewhere else. "That doesn't happen that way. Our standards are going to be high and we're going to continue trying to reach those goals. Our standard is the best and we're not going to change that. That's a heck of a program. He's used to the same thing I'm used to. He's a born winner. He's won where he's been and that's what we're used to. We're used to winning.
"He's coming from Summerset," Mathis added of Poth. "He's been at the collegiate level. He was at Sul Ross and then he's coached at Oklahoma Pan Handle state so he's been at the collegiate level as well. He's coached at the high school level and I coached against him when he was at Austin. He has a lot of high school experience and collegiate experience as well. He's bringing a new taste to the things we're going to do defensively. He's a multiple-guy but he's going to do things a little bit different which is going to help us out."
Marshall will take place in several summer camps and tournaments in different sports, including a seven-on-seven football tournament in Tyler, starting June 17.
The fall sports are slated to begin practice Monday, Aug. 7.