Meet new West Port manager Greg Harper

Marion County Football has a few new coaches for the 2022 high school football season, including West Port’s Greg Harper.

We asked Harper five questions about the upcoming season and his team, which finished 1-9 last season.

Q: What has the transition process been like since he took over as head coach?

A: The first year is always the hardest. Get kids to buy into what you sell and make them understand how you expect them to work, what the rules are, what you will tolerate and what you won’t tolerate. And it’s still painful, but I think the children are beginning to understand. Like I said, over the last month I’ve really seen our kids start to accept what we’re trying to do.

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West Port High School head coach Greg Harper poses during media day at the Indigo Hotel in Gainesville on July 18.

Q: Were there certain players you were considering who you thought could be part of the leadership council you created?

A: I tried to pick kids who I thought were already showing leadership qualities. I chose two from each class, two from the seniors, two from the juniors and two from the second. I think something that I haven’t done very well in the past was helping kids understand what leadership means. I mean, we talk about it a lot. But what does it really mean to be a leader?

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