New Kecoughtan Head Coach Jeff Super (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit757)
Suffolk local Jeff Super will head to the Peninsula District
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
Kecoughtan has decided to go with “young blood” in the hiring of Jeff Super.
The 29-year-old played his college ball at UVA-Wise and has spent most of the last eight years as an assistant coach at Lakeland High School then Nansemond River High School.
“It’s always been my dream to eventually become a head coach. What better one to start of with than Kecoughtan? It’s a Division 5 school. Some of the best players that the country has ever seen have come out of that area. It’s an incredible honor to be offered the position by Lucas Brown, our athletic director and Mark Dorsey, our principal,” Super said.
Current NY Jets running back Trenton Cannon played at Kecoughtan. So did former NFL athlete Jerod Mayo. Of course Ronald Curry is a Hampton native, just like Allen Iverson. Athletic talent runs in the water.
The Warriors limped to the finish line in 2019. Kecoughtan was 1-9 on the season and lost their last four after an early October win over Denbigh, who also finished 1-9 last year.
The first order of business for Super is to get the program back on track. He has already looked at film of the 2019 squad and he sees where he can initiate improvements.
“I’m still in the evaluation process. Offensively, we’re going to aspire to run the football and be physical. We can’t beat ourselves. Kecoughtan needs to do better than last year (when it comes to mistakes). Defensively, it’s about alignment, assignment and attitude. If you can bring those three things, then you’ll be able to play defense for us. To be a successful defense, we have to stop the run. We need to own the middle of the field. You’re going to have to beat us outside.”
Super’s enthusiasm is infectious, and it’s obvious in conversation. His intentions are to establish high expectations, but also to reward his athletes for achieving their goals.
“I’m going to bring consistency and passion. I’m going to bring a love for this game. My mission is that any kid who comes through our program leaves our program better than when they first came in. We’re trying to set them up for college athletic success if that’s what they aspire to. We’re also trying to set them up for their career or whatever they decide to pursue so that they’re taking something away from our program. We’re going to win championships at some point in time. It may be a process to get there,” said the coach. “The mantra that we are going to use this year is ‘Rise as one’. We’re going to do the best we can to win now. It may take some time, but the kids are excited and we’re excited to get to work.”
Coach Super made it clear that he wants to bring in younger coaches who share his enthusiasm. He also wants to foster an environment where his coaches develop and can grow with the program until they need or want to become head coaches themselves.
“I want coaches who have a passion to become head coaches one day, just like I did. If you’re coming onto my staff, I want you to attain your dreams as well,” the coach explained.
He has a lot of appreciation for the path he has taken to get here and for the coaches who gave him opportunities along the way.
His first high school coaching job was a Lakeland High School where the head coach at the time was Glenwood Ferebee. Ferebee left Indian River last year and took at job at Vance High School outside of Charlotte, North Carolina. He won a state championship in his first year at the school.
The Lakeland team where Jeff started was quarterbacked by his little brother, Zach Super. They advanced to the playoffs and even won a playoff game against cross-town rival King’s Fork.
After finishing his degree at Old Dominion, Super was tapped by David Coccoli to join his staff at Nansemond River. Coach Super stuck around to coach under Justin Conyers, and now he will leading his own program.
“I really can’t speak highly enough of how (Coach Conyers) started grooming me to eventually take over my own program. The staff (at Nansemond River) has been an awesome help. The coaches I’ve been around… Justin Conyers, David Coccoli, Lew Johnston, Stan Sexton, Glenwood Ferebee, Marc Ferebee… I’ve worked with some of the best coaches this area can offer. I’ve taken pieces away from each one of them.”
As a comparison between the two programs, Nansemond River has been the better team as of late.
Nansemond River smoked Kecoughtan by a score of 39-0 in the 2018 playoffs.
Prior to that, Kecoughtan had won the previous five meetings, all in the 2000’s.
Coach Super will aim first to get his team back to the postseason. A future meeting against Nansemond River would be very intriguing. If the turnaround happens quickly, we just might get to see that game this fall.
– Andy Hilton