GLENVILLE - David Hutchison's fourth year as the head football coach at Glenville State College is in full swing as the Pioneers are in the midst of preseason drills.
Starting at 3 p.m. today inside Morris Stadium, the Division II Pioneers will conduct their first full intrasquad scrimmage.
"We'll pretty much be in full pads until the spring game," said the coach, who is anxious for that 6 p.m. battle on Thursday, April 24.
Hutchison said "anybody and everybody is welcome and we'd love to have people out," for today's scrimmage while noting of the officials "they will be in full force. They practice just like we practice."
With more than a third of the 15 allotted spring practices already gone by the wayside, Hutchison added about this spring "I'm excited to see some of the young guys who haven't had much of an opportunity since they have been here to perform or compete.
"With about 10 mid-year transfers and a lot of freshmen on the team it gives us a chance to put them in situations and see how they perform. It (today's scrimmage) gives them a chance to experience a gameday at the college level and go through all the mental and physical aspects."
Entering this spring compared to 2013 has been a big change for Hutchison and his staff because of how young the G-men are this season.
"This year we are in spring practice with eight seniors and that's a very low number," he said. "We are spending a lot of time working and developing good workout habits.
"That's why everything we do in practice is designed for competing and teaching guys how to compete and we have a winner and loser where they work to where they hate losing and that makes everything very, very competitive."
It's not just on the football field where Hutchison wants his players to be competitive and that has been demonstrated on several levels. The Pioneer grid boss stressed he learned quite a great deal while being an assistant coach for former University of Michigan head man Lloyd Carr.
"We are doing a lot of things for community outreach," said Hutchison. "On Friday, we had a group of players go to Normantown Elementary and read to kids and do activities in gym classes."
Players spent three hours on Saturday as part of CLEAN West Virginia where they picked up trash around Glenville. A dozen Pioneers also spent time recently at Ruby Memorial Hospital as well as Morgantown's Ronald McDonald House hanging out with children to lift their spirits.
"We are doing a lot of different things and showing them there is way more to life than doing football," added the coach, who wants the public to know the Pioneers are conducting a free kids camp for pre-K to eighth graders from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, April 13.
"They can have such a positive influence and we've been doing a lot of different things. It's just been going awesome. This is the fourth year for the kids camps and we have a lot of fun. Our guys absolutely love it and I think they have more fun than the kids."