Expectations Running High at Trinity

By Fraser, Towson | The Florida Times Union, August 25, 1996 | Go to article overview

Expectations Running High at Trinity


Fraser, Towson, The Florida Times Union


Enthusiasm and expectations are high at Trinity Christian

Academy. Coming off the first playoff appearance in school

history, Conquerors players, fans and parents expect this year

to be no different.

"Last year was great," said head coach Verlon Dorminey, whose

team went 11-1. "You start winning and people begin to believe

you can do it."

Making kids believe they can -- and should -- win is the

biggest challenge for coaches who take over losing programs.

"Building a winning attitude is key," Dorminey said.

The challenge for Dorminey now is to follow up on last year's

success. Graduation claimed 12 players responsible for 14

starting positions from the 1995 squad, and the Conquerors'

starting lineup is full of players unfamiliar with each other.

"These guys need time to play together as a unit," Dorminey said.

"If they can jell together early, we can have a good season."

While he admits this is somewhat of a rebuilding year, there

are some definite bright spots on Dorminey's roster. Junior QB

Travis McStephenson promises to shine brightly.

"We haven't thrown a lot in the past. That's something we have

to do 30 to 40 percent of the time to be successful in the rest

of our games," Dorminey said. "Travis has gotten better and

better. He's gotten bigger, and he sees the field better than

ever. I saw him get some confidence this spring that he didn't

have in the fall. …

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