Whether fans were listening to the radio or following Friday night’s game in Daytona on the internet’s live stream, spectators of West Point’s 14-0 win over the Buccaneers only got to see a small part of the puzzle that was the Green Wave’s weekend.
The ride down and the ride back were both around a baker’s dozen hours each. There were 81 players, and there was only so much space to go around.
For something like that to come together, it needed more than just everyone showing up on the field at 7:30 p.m. It took a comprehensive team effort by the coaches and players to make sure the weekend turned out as well as it did.
“The easiest part was the day-to-day preparations for the game,” Chambless said. “The hardest part was preparing for the trip.”
The Green Wave have 16 coaches. Aside from Chambless there are Lee J. Grisham, Floizell Wilson, Rickey Melton, Casey Welch, Kendall Pickens, Roger Burton, Brett Morgan, Brian Sellers, Dennis Allen, Gerry Fremin, Bryan Walker, John Davis, Keith Manning, Joshua Pulphus, Steve Cannon and Blake Hutchinson.
Each one of these coaches had their own duties to carry out in order for the long road trip to be as free of incident as possible.
“Every coach played a huge part in preparing for the trip Chambless said. “We divided up duties from planning meals to preparing a duty roster at night. Everybody jumped in and helped each other,”
Chambless said that two of his coaches were already in Florida 24 hours ahead of time to make sure things were in order for the team’s arrival.
“Coach Burton and coach Grisham flew down the night before, and they had a huge job of scouting out the hotel,” Chambless said. “They found out what rooms we were going to be in. They separated the players and the coaches out. That took a while.”
Chambless said that the trip could not have gone as well as it had without everyone picking each other up throughout the week leading up to the trip and during the weekend itself.
“It took all 16 coaches,” Chambless said. “It took every one of us to jump in there and make sure everything went smooth to make sure nobody got in trouble and we were there watching.”
Chambless also said that touchdown club president Kenny Fowler and West Point Athletics Director assistant Audrey Randle were key in the weekend’s success.
“The countless hours that people don’t know about that went into to putting this trip together were amazing,” Chambless said. “It went very smooth.”
On Monday, the team returned to school, but the players and coaches got a much-needed day of rest to recuperate from the long haul from Florida.
“The coaches needed the day off about as much as the players did,” Chambless said. “We were trying to get our bearings back under us and recover a little more.”