When toe meets leather this fall, Centennial football will have a whole different look to it.
Credit the change to Jeff Carlberg; the Knights new head man that is designing new offenses, defenses, and new philosophy for his football program.
“My first goal is to bring a sense of responsibility and accountability here and have our kids strive to be the best they can in the classroom, the community and on the football field,” said Carlberg who replaces Jeff Measor as head man.
Measor went 24-28 in his five years as Centennial’s head coach — making the playoffs in two of the last three seasons but only posting one winning season during his tenure (6-4 in 2007).
“There has been a lot of talent here the past few years and I think it is a great situation for any coach to take over. In a community like this we have a chance to build a really special program.”
Carlberg had an up-close look at Centennial football the past four seasons, spending two as the defensive coordinator at region foes Lassiter (2008-2009) and Alpharetta (2010-2011).
His coaching history also includes over a decade of work in Kentucky as an assistant and three years as the head man at Apollo High in Owensboro — where he went 16-17 and made two playoff trips.
Carlberg got his first hands-on work at Centennial during the Knights’ two week spring practice period in May.
“We were able to teach our concepts and the kids picked up on them quickly so I felt really good about that. We aren’t very good at those concepts yet but we didn’t expect we would be at this point either.”
Among the new concepts will be Carlberg’s defense that helped Alpharetta to a region title last fall — allowing just 17 points per game in region competition.
Basing out of 4-3 and 3-3 fronts he described his approach as high-pressure with a variety of blitz packages.
On offense, Carlberg has begun transforming the Knights from a one-back veer-option team into an up-tempo, fast-breaking, spread passing attack similar to the offense run by Bob Sphire at North Gwinnett — who Carlberg was an assistant for in Kentucky.
“We’ll be in one-back and four wide receivers most of the game, which is a change from a team that didn’t throw the ball much at all last year,” said Carlberg who has hired former Jackson County offensive coordinator Carl Cole to head up his offense. “So this summer will be very important with getting these kids schooled up on how we do things.”
Centennial started summer workouts last Tuesday and will stay busy through mid-July by attending eight different 7-on-7 passing events and a team camp.