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Banneker's Andrews fulfills coaching dreams
by Maurice Dixon
mdixon@neighbornewspapers.com
August 07, 2013 04:01 PM | 2010 views | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Ryan Andrews has transitioned from Banneker High School football player to assistant football coach and now the highest title — Banneker football head coach.

“I’m not trying to be cliché but being a head coach is literally something I’ve seen since I was 10 years old,” said Andrews, who graduated from Banneker in 2002. “Ever since I’ve played football here at Banneker, I’ve seen myself being the head coach. I didn’t think it would happen this early in my life but I knew it would happen one day.”

This past spring, Andrews, who was the defensive line coach last season, was hired to replace Tony Slaton.

Honestly, I didn’t think I would get the job,” Andrews said. “I knew there was some concern about me being 29 but the announcement was made over the intercom so I found out the same time everybody else did.”

Andrews was also a member of Benny Crane’s staff for a year and Ed Gosa’s for three seasons before working under Slaton for the past two years, and there was a lesson learned from all three captains.

“I paid attention to the way Coach Crane spoke with recruiters and the way he sold our players,” Andrews said. “Coach Gosa let his coaches coach and Coach Slaton felt like you have to be organized and he really harped on distributive leadership. He was trying to prepare coaches to be a head coach.”

As far as the team he will be coaching, Andrews will have 10 players returning on offense and six on defense from a team which finished 4-6 last year.

“I expect the guys to play physical, play fast, be fundamentally sound, control what you can control and embrace the process,” Andrews said. “I tell them all the time that they can’t fight the process because it will drive them further away from the goal.”
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