Back in business at The Jungle

Posted on Monday, July 14, 2014 at 9:00 am

Louisa head coach Mark Fischer barked out commands during the team’s conditioning drills this past week.

Louisa head coach Mark Fischer barked out commands during the team’s conditioning drills this past week.

His commands clearly cut through the morning air on Tuesday during a simple conditioning drill. Through certain stretches, the coach would hunch over, focus his gaze on selected youngsters, and monitor the most intricate of details. In a pre-practice huddle, it was made clear that progression would be praised, excuses would be ignored.

It was, quite simply, classic Mark Fischer. It may have been a vintage scene, but it offered a small glimpse into what the coach – and many others – hope is a bright future.

“I told the boys when I got them together at the end that this is my home,” Fischer said after the workout on Tuesday. “I feel very lucky to be doing this and to be back here. It feels like I never left.”

Finally moved into his Lake Anna hom­­e, though he admits quite a few boxes still blockade some rooms, Fischer is permanently back on the sidelines at Louisa after spending three years coaching in Myrtle Beach. Assistant coaches from Louisa handled most of the team’s housekeeping duties over the past two months, and Fischer said he couldn’t be more pleased with the product he has returned to.

“I came in wanting to see how it was being run, and it’s running great,” Fischer said. “It was fun for me. I took notes, asked questions. We’ll sit down and start fixing some things that we’d like to change. I couldn’t be more pleased with the effort.”

After the Virginia High School League’s required seven-day “dead period” last week, during which no organized practices are allowed, conditioning drills have resumed and are in full effect. Louisa’s JV and varsity squads will hit the field at Louisa County High School from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday through Thursday for the next two weeks before embarking on a four-day camp at Hampden-Sydney College starting on Wednesday, July 23.

In the two weeks leading up to camp, Fischer said the focus is on developing a toughness to accompany their physical prowess.  Absent except for a few weekends through the summer, the coach is also using the conditioning drills as his makeshift evaluation time.

To read the entire story, see the July 10 edition of The Central Virginian.

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