John Quinerly is back at home with the Maury Commodores. He's in his first year as head football coach.
Maury is looking to get back to the playoffs where they lost in the first round to Salem in the Division 6 playoffs. In an Eastern District where Lake Taylor has dominated, Quinerly wants his team to be a part of the changing of the guard. Despite being 2-2 this season, he's optimistic.
"We're getting better each week", he says. "The key to our season is to hang in there, work hard and we're looking to be successful at the end of the season".
It's that type of confidence Quinerly had as a player while at Maury. In his final two seasons with the Commodores, he rushed for just over 2,000 yards and 26 touchdowns. He'd carry that success over to Norfolk State where he was one of five running backs in school history to rush for over a thousand yards in a single season.
Quinerly also wants his players to know they are also students first before anything else. "Grades and being a leader", he says. "They're not only doing well on the field, but off it and into the neighborhood." After all, home is where the heart is.