If you're like Prep Rally, you've often wondered what it would be like to slowly observe a small school transform into an athletic powerhouse. Well, now we may all get the chance.
As first reported by the Orlando Sentinel, Orlando (Fla.) Montverde Prep has decided to add football as a varsity sport starting with the 2012 season. The school has already hired a head coach to begin developing the program and ease the typical growing pains associated with a new football program (and yes, if you were wondering, the football team already has a Facebook page, too).
The man hired by Montverde headmaster Kasey Kesselring is Brian Treweek, a former defensive coordinator who helped Ocala (Fla.) Lake Weir High reach the only two playoff appearances in school history, in 2008 and 2009.
While the Sentinel reported that the official reasoning behind starting the program in 2012 is to coincide with the school's Centennial Celebration, it's hard not to view the opening act of football at Montverde without considering recent developments in the school's basketball program.
In April, the school hired longtime Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick High basketball coach Kevin Boyle, a move which sent shockwaves through the top tier of the prep basketball establishment in the Northeast.
More recently, in the opening days of August Boyle officially landed his first big name transfer to Montverde, with one of his most highly touted former St. Patrick players -- rising sophomore Dakari Johnson -- joining the Eagles' basketball program, even though doing so will cost him an entire season of competitive eligibility.
While building a top notch football program takes both more bodies and time than building a great basketball team, one would assume that Kesselring's school will put similar effort into the program, given both the school's rapidly rising profile -- the baseball program has received plaudits for developing shortstop Francisco Lindor, who was the number 8 overall pick June's MLB Draft -- and the headmaster's prior relationship with Treweek. The Sentinel reported that Kesselring and Treweek were high school football teammates in Virginia.
Now they'll be working to try and add an impressive football program to Montverde's rapidly improving athletic portfolio. And that should make things at the tiny school of just more than 400 high school students even more interesting to observe from afar.