Laramie High School Football plans to implement changes to its summer lifting programs to improve athleticism.

Coach Clint Reed has been the head coach of LHS Football for a year and plans to make changes based on his observations from last season.

“You know, people in the community want us to have a strong football program and that starts with the understanding of the community,” Reed said. “We’ve had so many coaches that moved in from out of state that were great coaches, but had no idea how to build trust in a tight knit small town like Laramie.”

Reed has been coaching football for 23 years in Laramie and plans to use his connections to better his athletes’ improvement.

Last football season, a large amount of athletes from LHS had severe injuries that prevented them from participating in sports for months at a time.

“We’re working with Premiere Bone and Joint to establish a program of training that will help better protect athletes from injury and to educate the staff as well as the students on how to better manage their bodies,” Reed said.

Unlike coaches in the past, Reed understands that he has a responsibility to give athletes the required amount of rest they need, both in season and off season.

“I feel like a lot of coaches take for granted the amount of work that young athletes are putting in to their sport and sometimes multiple sports throughout the year,” Reed said. “Sports are very straining on the body and if you don’t take the time to rest in the off season, their young bodies are going to break. We as coaches need to check ourselves and hold ourselves accountable to protect them.”

Reed is also holding a summer lifting program for high schoolers as well as younger players. June 4 through Aug. 2 are when summer workouts begin. 6:30-8 am is team lifting; 8-9 am is team agility training.

“The offer stands for younger kids who play in junior high as well,” Reed said. “It is important for our football program as a whole that all generations of athletes are being trained correctly. Younger kids don’t have to be intimidated by working out with high school students. If we can get them in and learning how to properly train their bodies, then they will be adequate athletes by the time their high school career comes around.”