Jan 01

Behind the Scenes: Football

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Holy Family Football Starts New Chapter

If you want to know the direction Holy Family Catholic High School’s football program is heading under new head Coach Tim Triplett, you don’t need a crystal ball. You need to look in the rearview mirror and talk to people the Fire coach has inspired.

Players like Nick Olson, one of Triplett’s early recruits out of Minnesota to the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, where Triplett was a positions coach from 2010 to 2014.

“…He teaches life lessons by using the game of football as the medium.”

“When he came through and we talked, it wasn’t about covering the bullet points like a lot of other coaches,” Olson recalls. “He was asking what was I looking for and who was I as a person rather than trying to sell me to USD. He wanted to see if I was a fit there. He’s a genuine person and tries to get to know you.”

And, once he knows you, Olson says, he makes sure his passion for football and living life right rubs off on everyone he comes in contact with. Olson, now a tight ends coach at the University of St. Thomas, recalls it took just one small, seemingly insignificant moment to jump-start his deep passion for college football.

“One of my first practices at USD, I made a play—a pretty good play,” Olson recalls. “He (Triplett) yelled out in front of everyone, ‘Would you look at that—Nick Olson, the pride of Richfield, Minnesota High School!’

“That was a big moment for a true college freshman 5 hours away from home in a fairly large Division I football program,” Olson says. “I didn’t expect or even know he was watching.”

The lasting impact Triplett has on players like Olson has become his legacy wherever he has coached. He’s invested in people and does everything he can to make little moments life changing. Now, he’ll share those shining moments with Holy Family Catholic High School student athletes.

“Tim is one of those guys who coaches football for the right reasons,” says Jim Kilian, head coach of St. Olaf football in Northfield, who was the offensive coordinator at the University of St. Thomas while Triplett coached various specialized positions from 2015 to 2018.

“Tim doesn’t do it for the notoriety or name recognition, but for the opportunity to give back and give others the same opportunities he had through football. He teaches life lessons by using the game of football as the medium.”

HF Football Starts Off the Field

“What I told guys in early team meetings is that there is culture and legacy here at Holy Family. We’re not going to change it but add to it,” he explains.

Coach Triplett, relaxed in a random chair scattered among many empty ones in the Holy Family team meeting room on a quiet July morning, shared his vision on Holy Family football—where it’s been and where he sees it going. The conversation surprisingly begins far removed from X’s and O’s.

“What I told guys in early team meetings is that there is culture and legacy here at Holy Family. We’re not going to change it but add to it,” he explains.

“We should be honored to be a part of it and will continue to grow it and enhance what we can so we positively influence those around us. We’re going to be measured by how we add value to other people’s lives by being a football player here.”

What does that mean? According to Triplett, Holy Family players:

  • Hold doors for others
  • Look people in the eye when they shake hands
  • Hustle across the street when there’s a walk signal
  • And always play hard, play together and play fast

Simple things like these send a message not only about his program, but also about the entire school.

“That, by extension, is the Holy Family way,” Coach Triplett says. “That’s what drew me here. We’re all on the same page.”

So far, the players have heard his message loud and clear, says senior Dominic Philliips.

“He’s super energetic and always available if you have any questions,” Phillips says. “And, he emphasizes the importance of a Catholic education and how important it is for us to give Holy Family a good rep.”

Coach Triplett, who likes to randomly toss in movie references to make a point, shared this thought: “I think they form a symbiotic circle, it is all encompassing of one,” he chuckles, noting his clever Star Wars reference. “Once we get culture right, a lot of things start going your way.”

Field Report: High Energy, Heavy D

Triplett introduced “Trip Football” to the team on the Holy Family practice field last June. It was the first organized team activity (OTA), one of 11 team activities coaches can conduct before the mandated two-week “blackout” (no contact with team).

“It’s definitely high tempo. There’s no lollygagging,” says senior Ryan Bowlin. “Coach emphasizes if you do the little things right and go at 110% percent, you’ll get into a good tempo that will show in the games.” (Find a schedule of games HERE.)

Phillips adds, “There’s never a dull moment. We’re always in ‘attack mode,’ always keeping the defense on its toes.”

Phillips adds, “There’s never a dull moment. We’re always in ‘attack mode,’ always keeping the defense on its toes.”

That type of high-spirited practice is by design. “The transition from a practice to a game is going to be seamless,” Triplett says. “Our practices are going to be chaotic, stuff going on all the time just like a game.”

While it may feel frenzied to the players, Triplett’s plan is well thought out. “He’s very intentional with everything he does, even if it is a little different,” Olson says. “There is always a rhyme and a reason to what he does. That is what is unique compared to other coaches.”

Triplett did share his concrete plan to getting his Holy Family football program off on the right foot, and it starts with these early priorities:

  1. Organizing practice and meetings. “We’re setting expectations of what we’re doing on a daily basis and finding that groove that the kids will respond to.”
  2. Getting to know each other. “This is a completely different team than last year, with new players, coaches in new positions and a different style. It will force us to focus on the process, not the outcome.”
  3. Defining personnel. “We’re going to move dudes around. Where they think they’re playing now may not be indicative of where they’re playing in August.”
  4. Setting realistic goals. “Our goals should be to get better every day and improve. They will come in the form of what we do on a daily basis.”

Players have also seen an increased focus on conditioning, the need to understand a more complex college-style playbook (including five-receiver sets) and the expectation of knowing what all positions on the field are doing during any given play.

“There definitely is more focus on the playbook, which is because we have a new coach and he really knows his stuff and wants us to be just as knowledgeable,” senior Sam Riegert says.

All those high expectations deliberately deliver against what Coach Triplett wants people to notice when Holy Family takes the field for its first game on August 30.

“When you watch a ‘Trip Team,’ you’re going to face speed, physicality and lots of running, in no particular order,” Triplett says. “And, I’d have to say it starts with D. We have to be a team that will play fast, physical and together. Offensively, we’ll find a way to move the ball. We have the athletes here to do that.”

Setting the Tone for the Future

While Triplett is careful not to promise lofty goals for his first season (“If you set a goal, be careful how you word it,” he says), the players themselves have high expectations.

“We were 10-0 our freshman year and are a class that is close and loves football,” Phillips says. “Coach gives us achievable expectations and wants to help us achieve our goals.”

“Everyone has a mindset that they want to make it to state,” Riegert adds. “We have a talented senior class and plan to improve step by step, game by game.”

Coach Triplett, on the other hand, has a more simple approach to what he wants the players to experience this season.

“We work too hard not to have a lot of fun.”

“I’m looking for enthusiasm. We work too hard not to have a lot of fun. I tell my players, ‘Don’t forget to have fun. There will be longer days and frustrating plays, but always find the pieces where you have fun.’ ”

That approach is likely where Triplett will make the greatest impression his first season at Holy Family. His passion and energy will be noticeable at practice, on the sidelines and in the huddle. He’s looking to the seniors to grasp that energy and share it with players coming up. If they do, it will pay off for years to come.

“The numbers are certainly important,” Triplett says. “We’re going to need to grow numbers in certain positions. Hopefully, we start to grow our own numbers by examples we set, games we win and how we carry ourselves on and off the field.”

Olson was a part of that same vision 8 years ago at USD. He credits Coach Triplett for setting him up for football success that has lasted to this day.

“He shows you what being passionate about life and everything about it is about,” Olson shares. “He’s always the guy who is happy and excited about every day. It can rub off on you.”

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Sep 21

Youth Fire Fan Night at Football

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Families are invited to join the Holy Family community for an action packed Youth Fire Fan Night at the football game on Friday, September 21! Join us for kids’ games and activities, giveaways, entertainment by the HF pep band and dance club followed by an exciting football game!

Click on the PDF below to print your ticket.

Football FFN Tix

We can’t wait to see you for a night of FIRE FOOTBALL fun!

AND YOU CAN

also join us at Fire Fan Night at Volleyball (9/18) and Soccer (9/21).  Click on the links below for those tickets.

VB FFN Tix

Soccer FFN Tix

Jan 01

New Fire Football Coach Hired

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Holy Family hires UST assistant coach to lead football program

Holy Family Catholic High School is pleased to announce the hiring of Tim Triplett as the school’s new head football coach. Triplett comes to Holy Family with 12 years of college football coaching experience, at Division I, II, and III levels, most recently as an assistant coach for Glenn Caruso at the University of St. Thomas.

Caruso supports Triplett’s move to Holy Family, stating, “We are tremendously excited for Tim and his opportunity at Holy Family. Tim has been a big part of our success and culture here at St. Thomas. We look forward to watching him bring those core principles to Holy Family. We are big believers in teaching our young men the most important life lessons through the sport of football; Tim takes that responsibility very seriously, and I think that the future of Holy Family Catholic will benefit from his vision.”

Triplett leaves his current position as the recruiting coordinator and wide receiver coach at UST to lead the Fire Football program and make the transition to working with high school student-athletes. “The high school experience has a significant impact on the rest of their lives. It is my charge to create an environment where they can thrive and embrace the experience in a manner befitting a first-class football program and Catholic community.”

In addition to his four years at UST, Triplett’s coaching resume includes football programs at several D1, D2, and D3 Programs: University of South Dakota (2010-2014), South Dakota State University in Brookings (2009), Wayne State University (2007 and 2008), and Cornell College in Iowa (2006).

For Triplett, the son of former University of South Dakota Head Coach Dave Triplett, family and football have intertwined throughout his life. Dave Triplett served as the head football coach at USD from 1979-1988, leaving as the second-winningest coach in school history, and was a 2003 inductee into the University’s Athletic Hall of Fame.  Tim, along with his two brothers, all went on to play college football.

Holy Family Activities Director Nick Tibesar is thrilled to snag such a highly credentialed coach to lead the program.  “I couldn’t be more excited to welcome Tim into our Holy Family community.  His experience as a key contributor to a winning culture at a flagship Catholic university in our area makes him the ideal person to lead the Fire Football program into the future.  Tim’s football acumen is impressive, but he also comes to us with a clear understanding of what it means to lead young men during an important time in their lives. Additionally, his college recruitment experience will be invaluable to our student-athletes as they look to make connections to college programs.”

Triplett officially begins his work at Holy Family on June 1 with the summer conditioning programs and Holy Family’s youth football camp with NFL MVP Rich Gannon. He will also support all HF activities in the role of Assistant Activities Director.

Additional information about Tim Triplett:

Education:
Wayne State University- Wayne, NE – ME in Sports Management
The University of South Dakota- BS in Media and Journalism

Published Author:
Author: The Leadership Papers – Copyright 2017 – RoseDogs Books Publishing, Pittsburgh, PA
Content Consultant: Make Me the Best Football Player – Abdo Publishing, Minneapolis, MN

Additional information about Tim Triplett:

Education:
Wayne State University- Wayne, NE – ME in Sports Management
University of South Dakota- BS in Media and Journalism

Published Author:
Author: The Leadership Papers – Copyright 2017 – RoseDogs Books Publishing, Pittsburgh, PA
Content Consultant: Make Me the Best Football Player – Abdo Publishing, Minneapolis, MN

Contact Information:
Nick Tibesar, HFCHS Activities Director – tibesarn@hfchs.org
Tim Triplett, HFCHS Head Football Coach – triplettt@hfchs.org

 

Jan 01

Fire Football Earns a Win in Season Opener

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Trey Cavello, Sports Editor, hfphoenix.com
September 6, 2016

After a long wait, high school football is finally back! On Thursday night, the Fire football team took on St. Cloud Cathedral. After a huge tailgate that included pizza, frozen yogurt, volleyball, and even a pool, the fans were ready for football to finally resume.

The Fire received the opening kickoff, and went to work quickly. After driving their way methodically down the field, sophomore Dominic Phillips scored, putting the Fire up by 6-0 after a blocked extra point.
The rest of the first half saw both teams trading possessions with no points scored. The third quarter was very similar, the only scoring came on a 35 yard field goal by sophomore Colin Neve. The Fire held a 9-0 lead going into the final 12 minutes of the game.

The score was still 9-0 with 5 minutes remaining in the game, but St.Cloud Cathedral was not ready to give up. A costly turnover on a punt gave the Crusaders the ball at the Fire 8 yard line. They were able to score and bring the game back to one possession. St. Cloud Cathedral held the Fire to a 3 and out and got the ball back with enough time to try to score. Fortunately, the defense stood their ground and forced the Crusaders to turn the ball over. The Fire then went into victory formation and took a knee to secure the win.

Holy Family generated 209 yard of total offense and held St. Cloud Cathedral to 94 yards. Brendan O’Connor was the leading rusher for the Fire with 66 yards and Michael Furlong was the leading receiver with 32 yards. Sophomore quarterback Jacob Zay threw for 41 yards on 4 completions The Fire take on Annandale at home this Friday.

This article was originally published on Holy Family Catholic High School’s online newspaper on September 6, 2016. See more stories and slideshows from the school’s online paper at http://hfphoenix.com/