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Coaches Corner: Adam Hoop
October 10, 2013 - Andy Heintz
For the first installment of the coaches corner, we take a deeper look into Bobcat Offensive Coordinator Adam Hoop.
Troy Hyde: How much different has it been this year calling every single offensive play and having that extra responsibility?
Adam Hoop: Having that responsibility full-time, every game hasn't been too much of a change -- I've had some great mentors in the past (Brian Albert, Jeff Sims, Dave Holdiman), and I've learned from them to always prepare myself that way, and was able to have some success the last couple of years when called upon.
TH: What has been the biggest challenge for you as the OC this year?
AH: One of the biggest challenges has been stepping away from a single position group, and looking at the offense as a whole. I'd worked with Coach Holdiman the last few years in a similar capacity, but I could always just go into my shell, take care of my group, and I didn't have to worry about the running backs or offensive line. Now I do. It's overlooking the entire offense, making sure that each of the position groups are being coached the way we want it, making sure the terminology the coaches are using is what we want and consistent. It's a lot to manage when you look at that, changing the system a little bit, and adding in 2 new position coaches. There are bound to be bumps in the road as you go through that amount of change, but Coach Shipley has been a great resource and sounding board in managing that change.
TH: How challenging has it been changing the offense because of how it fits the guys you have on this team?.
AH: This is probably the second biggest challenge. We only had one player returning with any varsity playing experience, so our entire offense had to grow up together; and for us as a staff to get the players into the right position and in the right scheme has been a process. We have a lot of players right now who will be very good for us in the future, but we've had to really work at developing them, finding what each of them does well, and designing the offense to put them in positions to be successful. It's much different than the past couple years where we lined up our guys and threw it all over the yard. We didn't have the pieces this year to just plug into that same system and push "Go" -- we've had to reinvent ourselves on the fly as the season has progressed to keep ourselves competitive. There have been several surprises along the way with guys we didn't expect as much from who have been major contributors to our offense. With the number of underclassmen we have playing, we knew there would be some growing pains and learning on the job, and we've been happy with how they have continued to learn and progress within the system as the season has gone by.
TH: Dylan Diveney has had to work hard for every yard this season. How has his confidence been running this team?
AH: He's grown so much as a football player, as a quarterback, and as a leader -- it's been disappointing for me that we haven't been able to translate that to wins on the field. He's playing very well right now, making good decisions, making some tough throws -- the game is really starting to slow down for him now. It's tough playing quarterback for Marshalltown, it's not for everybody, you've got to really want it and fight for it. With all of the success we've had with (Tyler) Peschong, (Chanse) Creekmur, and (Blake) Gimbel -- those are big shoes to fill, there are very high expectations and a ton of pressure to put up big numbers -- he hasn't backed down from that pressure once. Unfortunately, we don't have the same level of talent and experience around Dylan as we did those other quarterbacks, but what he can do as an athlete, making some big plays with his legs when everything is breaking down around him is something we haven't had here in the past, and he's kept us competitive in some games this fall we otherwise wouldn't have been. We're going to miss him next year.
TH: Iowa or Iowa State?
AH: Iowa State.
TH: What NFL team do you root for?
AH: Detroit Lions. I grew up a huge fan of Barry Sanders and how he approached the game and the class he showed as a football player.
TH: Tell me something about coaching football that most casual fans don't understand?
AH: The amount of time and effort put into preparing for a game. We spend six days studying, preparing, planning, meeting, and practicing for that one game on Friday night -- and many times in the past few years, we've made it look pretty easy on Friday nights, but there is a ton of time and effort put in by the coaches and players throughout the week to try and put on a good show on Friday night for the students, fans, and community.
TH: When did you know you wanted to get into coaching and why?
AH: When I was young, watching my dad coach, I'd always known that I wanted to do it. Working with the young players, teaching them the life lessons that come from playing sports and being a part of the team -- there is so much excitement that comes from working with these kids as they develop into young men and watching them move on from our program and be successful in their lives.
TH: Did you have any coaching idols when you were younger?
AH: I always looked up to my dad, he coached us in everything growing up, and mom was always around too -- It was just a great way to grow up having your parents so involved in all of the sports we played as kids. When I was older and knew that coaching was something I really wanted to do, I'd say guys like John Gruden, Steve Spurrier, and Mike Leach were coaches I loved watching and was always intrigued by -- Gruden was just a fiery personality -- I loved it. But Spurier and Leach were guys that seemed to challenge a lot of the "standard" concepts that people had, they were always doing things different than other coaches and teams. I've always wanted to push the envelope, challenge those ideas, and continue to evolve as an offense. Things that Leach did at Texas Tech, things Chip Kelly did at Oregon, they've always been several steps ahead of the curve, and have had the biggest impact on me as a coach.
TH: If you weren't a coach and a teacher, what would you be doing with your life?
AH: I feel very fortunate to be able to coach, it's something I'm passionate about, and I have a very understand wife and family because it's a big commitment, and I'm convinced that you cannot be a successful coach without a very supportive and understanding family, Emily has been great through all the ups and downs here. If I wasn't coaching, I wouldn't change what I do for a living. I enjoy working for Emerson here in Marshalltown, we have met many great friends there, and the work is a great balance of enjoyable but challenging tasks, and I feel like there is always something new coming to challenge me, I love the interaction with other business groups within Emerson and the challenges it can present on a day-to-day basis. I feel very lucky to have a great career at Emerson, to be coaching here at Marshalltown High School, to have been a part of so many great successes with the football program over the last eight years, and to have a great family and friends here in Marshalltown who love to talk about Marshalltown Football and support the Bobcats.
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