Great Expectations by DeJuan Foster
After a 5-3 season and missing the playoffs by a single point, the Indiana Cutters are gearing up for the 2013 season with something to prove. The Cutters will have many new faces in the huddle and on the sideline, but with a group of core veterans and new head coach Eric Anderson, this year could be a promising one.
Anderson has a very distinguished record within the coaching ranks. His diverse coaching experience includes football, baseball and basketball. Although he has been coaching since graduating high school in 2001, football has been the focus in the past five years and this year with the Cutters will be his second year in semi-pro football.
Wanting to start the season on the right note, Anderson has goals already set in his mind for the upcoming year.
“Expectations are always high, no matter what I do or what the team does, we are going to strive for excellence,” Anderson said. “We have to take it one day at a time, one week at a time but, expectations are high as they can be and that means an IFL championship.”
Everyone sees the coach strategizing and roaming the sidelines on game day but, Anderson noted that there is much more to the coaching position than what meets the eye.
“A coach is a delegator and has to know the pulse of the team. I am more of a manager over everything as opposed to a coach over one area, most important thing being our unity as a team,” Anderson said.
Winning a championship can be a tall task on any level. However, Anderson acknowledged three components that he believes are vital to bringing another title to the Cutters organization.
“Hard work, dedication and togetherness, every day, every week, from here on out, that is what is going to take us there.”
Seamless Transition by DeJuan Foster
One car ride home in 2007 changed Indiana Cutters President, John Shean’s life forever. While driving home, Shean was listening to a radio show discussing the formation of the Indiana Cutters and it was enough to peak his interest. Wasting no time, Shean contacted an old friend who was one of the main coaches for the Cutters and he expressed his interest only to find that the interest was mutual and thus was the beginning of his relationship with the Indiana Cutters.
Shean has been with the Indiana Cutters since a month after their creation. He spent five years as a coach, three years as an assistant coach and two years as head coach. His time as coach led him to the president position which he now holds.
Shean referred to his transition from coach to president as pretty easy, due to similar experiences in prior organizations and his five years coaching with the team.
“The jump was pretty easy, I’ve held numerous board member positions and I felt like it was time to let somebody else take the coaching position over,” Shean said. “I’d done it for five years, so I decided to let someone else serve as the head coach as I went to the front office.”
Shean has seen every roster of the Indiana Cutters, but he mentioned that he has taken notice of the dedication of this year’s group of players.
“The players are more invested and have taken more ownership,” Shean said. “We ask the captains to step up to the plate and take more of a leadership role so that it is a more of a player-run team and they have done that.”
In his tenure with the Cutters, Shean has seen the championship seasons and he noted how the key to success is not a secret.
“You play like you prepare, you play like you practice,” Shean said. “If you practice good habits, discipline and hard work, then good things are going to come.”