Jasper will lead Trigg County Middle School’s football team for the first time Saturday as the Midcats face Christian County at the Todd County Jamboree.
Jasper played high school and junior college football in Mississippi before joining Murray State in 1973, where he was a starting linebacker for two seasons. He also played for and coached Marine Corps teams during his 22-year military career.
Jasper said he hasn’t coached since a part-time assistant job in Orlando, Fla., several years ago, but he said he has a system that can make the Midcats winners on and off the field.
“Hopefully, we can get them prepared fundamentally,” Jasper said. “That’s our main goal along with showing some discipline and getting them ready for high school football and for life.”
Continuing Trigg’s winning tradition while having fun will also be part of Jasper’s plan for the 2009 season.
“I want them to work together as a unit and come together as a team,” Jasper said.
Jasper said he models his on-field strategy to better prepare players to join the high school team as freshmen.
“Giving them more responsibility is the biggest thing,” Jasper said. “We want them to be able to prepare themselves, because dealing with the high school program is going to be different for them.”
Jasper’s staff is filled out by assistants Ralph Stevens and Scott Mayes.
The Midcats’ season opener will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1 at Hopkinsville.