Raider football program model of success

It’s lunchtime in the meeting room of the Navarre football fieldhouse. Culver’s is the food of choice for veteran Raider head coach Jay Walls. He’s finally sitting down to eat after a two-hour meeting with his staff on the final Thursday of the school year.

In the seven seasons the football program has been under his guidance , his team has won 70 games, the most of any team in the three-county region.

During the stretch, the Raiders have made postseason each year, reaching the regional final three times and the state semifinals twice.

But the success hasn’t led to complacency, thus the reason for the meeting just a couple of weeks before the start of summer workouts.

“It’s nice to say that because we’ve won 70 games in the last seven years that it’s going to happen again, but I’ve had to remind the players that isn’t how it works,” Walls said. “We have to raise the bar. We all have to improve, myself, the other coaches, the players. We’re always focused on being the best that we can be.”

The Raiders’ success hasn’t happened by accident. The offseason program, essentially year-round, plays a big part in what Navarre has been able to accomplish.

Read the full article in the Aug. 1 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at for as little as $38 per year.

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