Coach Profile: BS South asst. Adam Courter 7/26
By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Assistant coaches are the backbone of any good program. While head coaches usually grab the headlines it is the guys behind the scenes that will do most of the one-on-one, day-to-day coaching.
At Blue Springs South one of those assistants is Adam Courter. Courter has been with the Jaguars for 14 years and been a part of making that program one of the best in Missouri Class 6.
Courter has had many coaching duties in his time at Blue Springs South but he currently coaches the safeties for Head Coach Greg Oder.
Courter has only been an assistant coach in football but he was a head girls’ basketball coach at Blue Springs South in 2005-2006. The time spent running his own program has helped him be a better assistant coach for Oder.
“It’s allowed me to help Greg from a managerial standpoint,” Courter said. “I know how much he has on his plate as his head coach. As an assistant I know that I can do more than my job description at times to help him out because I know what all he does do and has to do as a head coach.
“That allows me to get involved in coaching and managerial standpoint in some of the different things we have to do to keep the program at the level we want it to be at.”
Some assistant coaches are looking to find that next head coaching or coordinating position but Courter is very happy to be a part of an experienced staff at South.
“We have a lot of history together,” Courter said. “I did my student teaching under (South Offensive Coordinator) Kelly Groom when he was the head coach at Park Hill. When I came to south and found out he was working there that was a guy right away I had a history with and a connection.
“We have a pretty good nucleus that has been together for a long time. I know that helps. We are all on the same page and we all have the same expectations of the program and of the kids. We all have the same vision because we have been together for so long. It’s a lot of fun working day in and day out with the group of guys that we have.”
The Jaguars have won one state title and played for another while finishing with winning seasons almost every year. Courter said the staff has stayed together and even the coaches who have left are still close with their former colleagues.
“We’ve had some really good coaches,” Courter said. “To be able to coach (Fort Osage Defensive Coordinator) Jon Oyler and coach with (Lee’s Summit North Head Coach) Ty Kohl is great. We haven’t had many guys leave but the guys that have left have gone on to bigger and better things. We knew they were going to do that. We hated to lose them but we knew they were going to have some great opportunities for themselves.”
Dion Clisso is the Managing Editor of PrepsKC. To reach him send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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