30 in 30: New coach, new mindset for East Hamilton


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — You just need one word to describe this year’s East Hamilton Hurricanes, and that’s excited.

The Canes come into 2019 with a new coach and a new mindset, ready to leave last year’s losing record in the past.

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“Last year, we were all scared. This year, we’re hungry,” quarterback Hanes Eller said.

Hungry for wins and a region title, the East Hamilton Hurricanes are switching things up with new coach Grant Reynolds at the helm.

“We’re going to run a fast paced offense this year,” new head coach Grant Reynolds said. “We’re going to run a hurry up mode, no huddle, those kind of things. It should be fun to watch and for the kids, should be fun to operate.”

The Canes are changing more than just offensive schemes.

“I’d say the [biggest difference about this year’s team is] intensity,” Adam Caudle said. “Like, we all come out here excited, ready to play. Get working in the weight room, conditioning, all excited to compete well. And then we come out to the practice and just love it.”

“I think it starts with the coaching staff,” Eller said. “They’re ready to play and they see potential in this group. Last year, we were like timid and didn’t want to go out there all the time. Now we’re coming extra days. We’re grinding hard. ”

“They’re wanting to trust what we’re doing. We have a new staff this year, and our guys are good about showing up on time and working hard. So things are going in the right direction,” Reynolds said.

“I think we have a lot more energy. I think we’re ready to play. And expecting to win this year,” Eller said.

Anderson County poses the biggest threat. The Mavericks have blown out the Hurricanes the last two years by a combined 98 to 17 margin.

However, according to the Canes, that *also is going to change this year.

“They’ve been on our list the past two years. Got blown out by them twice. But that’s not going to happen this year. We working. We coming for them,” Caudle said.

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Angela joined the News 12 team in November of 2017 as the weekend sports anchor and reporter. Angela is a proud member of an Army family, which means she has hometowns all over the Eastern Seaboard. Most recently, she calls Peachtree City, Georgia, home, where she graduated from Trinity Christian School and spent her free time driving her purple golf cart. She then headed to Milledgeville, Georgia, to attend Georgia College and State University. A proud Bobcat, Angela graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Mass Communication and represented her December 2016 class as one of three valedictorians. Angela comes to the Scenic City from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where she worked at the NBC affiliate, WMBF News. Before the big move, she worked as Georgia College's Sports Information Assistant, which let her get paid to be the Bobcats' biggest fan. It all started in Savannah, Georgia, though, where she interned for SAV's number one station, WTOC. When she's not working, you can find Angela watching the New York Giants, Rangers or basically any other game that's on. She also loves traveling, hiking and exploring new places, all with her camera in hand. If you have any story ideas, big or small, feel free to reach out to her on Facebook and Twitter, or email her at amoryan@wdef.com."