Lampman excited to be new Stonewall football head coach
QUICKSBURG — Pete Lampman knows the challenges he faces as he tries to turn around the Stonewall Jackson football program and he’s eager to do it.
Lampman, who was an assistant football coach for the Generals this past season, was named the head coach recently and said it’s a great opportunity for him.
“I’m excited,” Lampman said in an interview Tuesday afternoon. “I think it’s a good chance to get this thing back where it used to be, back in the early 2000s. I’d like to get back to being competitive, winning ballgames and competing for district championships and state playoffs.”
Lampman replaces Jay Goode, who stepped out at the end of this past season. Lampman said that he found out that school officials had chosen him as Goode’s replacement in March and the Shenandoah County School Board approved the decision in March.
This is Lampman’s first year at Stonewall Jackson, where he teaches English, and he said he’s really enjoying living and teaching in the area.
Lampman, who grew up in Lynchburg, has had several coaching stints at the high school level, including coaching at King and Queen High School for two seasons. He said he was an assistant coach at Arcadia High School two years ago. Arcadia made the playoffs that season, losing to Clarke County in the first round of the playoffs.
Lampman said the biggest things that need to change with the football program is the players need to be dedicated to the offseason program and they need to change their mindset. The Generals suffered through an 0-10 season, in which they had a lot of injuries throughout the year. The program has been down for a number of years.
“I told them in our (team) meeting there’s not a special water in Woodstock and Strasburg that makes them better athletes than you guys,” Lampman said. “You guys are in the same county. You drink the same water. You eat the same meal at lunches — the food’s the same. They have a few more people in their schools, but they’re not better athletes. So you need to get it in your head that they are not superman, but you need to do the work. You have to come out here and do the work in the offseason if you want to be successful in the season.”
The Generals had more players on both the varsity and junior varsity teams last season, and Lampman said he feels like the program is headed in the right direction. He said that he had 35-40 athletes show up for a team meeting last week, which was only for high schoolers. He said some of the football players could not be there due to playing spring sports.
“They were ready to go,” Lampman said of the meeting. “We kind of laid out the offseason plan and what we’re going to do. They looked like they were into it and enthusiastic about it. We even had a few new faces in there. So that was good.”
Lampman, who played college football at Virginia Military Institute, said it helps that he was an assistant coach last year and the athletes already know him and what he’s expecting of them.
Stonewall Jackson athletic director Todd Fannin said that he feels like Lampman will do a good job and said he brings a lot of energy to the program.
“He knows what we’re up against and that didn’t sway him at all,” Fannin said. “He looks forward to the challenge. He knows it is going to be a challenge. He wants to become vested in our community, and I think this is a step in the right direction.”
Lampman said he feels like next year’s senior class will do a good job leading the team.
He said his main goals for next year are turning around the mindset of the players, getting the community more involved and competing.
“I want them to come out there and learn the game,” Lampman said. “I want them to learn about sacrifice, accountability and commitment. That’s our theme this year, is SAC — sacrifice, accountability and commitment. If you do those things, then you’ll be successful. It will translate onto the football field. How many wins, I don’t know. But I know those things will translate.”
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