Back in 2016, Jonathan Beverly was hired as the head football coach of Childersburg High School, an Alabama high school that had finished 2-8 the previous year. Just two years later, Beverly led the Tigers to the postseason.
As the new head man for Providence Christian, Beverly plans to do exactly the same thing. His first summer, albeit limited by coronavirus regulations, has been key in rebuilding a program searching for its first winning season.
“I think there’s a lot of upside and I think there’s a ton of potential (at Providence),” Beverly said. “Obviously, development starts with changing the culture and changing the expectations. Winning programs have a certain level of expectations and everybody has to live up to those expectations. I think we’re prepared to do it the right way and I’m seeing our players and families buy into it.”
Beverly is most proud of the enthusiasm and passion his players have shown in practice this summer.
“I love our work ethic,” Beverly said. “Guys have been working extremely hard and I love our energy from coaches and players. Guys are just out there hustling every day. We don’t have to beg our kids to work hard and that’s a big plus.”
Despite a slow year for the Storm offense last season and a significant loss of key contributors, Beverly believes he has the talent and potential on his roster to create an offensive force to be reckoned with.
“Right now, (quarterback) Connor Jones has done a really good job up to this point getting prepared and he’s going to have a big time target in Skyler Jordan,” Beverly said. “I think that duo will produce a lot of big plays. I’ve been really pleased with our offensive line as a whole and how they’ve worked.”
He also was quick to recognize the talent and experience loaded on the defensive side of the ball.
“(Middle linebacker) Reed Riley is a kid who does it all,” Beverly said. “He’s a kid that might not ever leave the field. He’s done a really good job and has been a leader for us up to this point. I’ve been really pleased with (outside linebacker) Joe Shealy. He’s been a big time leader for us. (Cornerback) Sean-Anthony Mensah, (defensive back) Camden White and (middle linebacker) Ben Stone are some more kids that have popped out making an impact this summer.”
Beverly and the Storm will need all of the talent they can muster as they face arguably their toughest schedule yet, featuring six playoff teams. While the gauntlet ahead might seem daunting, Beverly sees it as an opportunity for his team to grow and mature.
“We’ve got a tough schedule, but I’m honestly looking forward to it because playing the best competition makes you better as a program,” he said. “I’m excited that week in and week out, every week is going to be a big game for us.”
Right now, Beverly’s goal is simple for the Storm: make the playoffs.
“Our goal is for each team to be the best team Providence has ever had,” Beverly said. “Up to this point, Providence has never had a playoff football team so that is our goal. If we can be a playoff football team, we know we will have been the best team Providence has ever had and that’s what we’re aiming for.”