I especially wanted to congratulate their coaching staff, led by Ryan Schartz. Coach Schartz inherited a program that had won only 5 total games in the 4 seasons prior to his assuming the head coaching position. After a 1-9 season in his inaugural season as head coach, Ryan went on to go 92-18 the next 10 seasons for the Indians. Despite him having already having turned the program around almost immediately - Coach Schartz decided that further improvement in his offensive system was needed.
Not many coaches would be willing to contact me after an 11-1 2013 season, but that is precisely what he did. He wanted to increase their passing game potential, yet maintain balance in their attack. In the 2 seasons since installing this passing game, Skylar Thompson's production has looked like this:
2014: 64.8 % completions, 2385 yds, 24 TD/ 6 INT; 461 rushing yds, 9 TD
2015: 67% completions, 2127 yds, 25 TD/ 3 INT; 1096 rushing yards, 21 TD
When I write of the coach's need to be accountable to his players, Coach Schartz embodies this principle. Despite his stellar record, he sought to improve for his players. I'm grateful that he gave me a chance to help them, and look forward to updating the system to further benefit Coach Shartz and all the other coaches I work with.