The Equipment Guys

Briar Jumpers Upgrade Weight Room


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SHS Weight Room
In mid to late June, a company called The Equipment Guys came to Somerset and installed the new weight room in a turn-key job, and nobody could be any happier with a facility that would make any football coach in Kentucky envious than Somerset High School football coach Robbie Lucas.

By DOUG EADS | Posted: Saturday, August 16, 2014 6:44 pm

There’s been a lot of conjecture over the summer about how the five-time defending regional champion Somerset Briar Jumper football team may be in a rebuilding mode of sorts in 2014.

Well, as the upcoming high school football season kicks off this coming Friday evening, the jury is still out on that one.

One thing is for sure however — the Briar Jumpers and their new state of the art weight room takes a back seat to nobody.

In mid to late June, a company called The Equipment Guys came to Somerset and installed the new weight room in a turn-key job, and nobody could be any happier with a facility that would make any football coach in Kentucky envious than Robbie Lucas.

“The simple fact is that we live in a time when today’s athlete simply can’t skip the weight room,” pointed out the Somerset head football coach. “I don’t care if it’s baseball, basketball, football or track — it doesn’t matter. If you don’t find the weight room, you’re going to be behind the game.”

Somerset’s new weight room is located at the football fieldhouse next to Clark Field, but it is not just for the athletes that play football for the Briar Jumpers.

To the contrary, it’s for all athletes at Somerset High School — another thing that coach Lucas is very proud of.

“I’m very proud about our new weight room, but it’s not because I’m the football coach here at Somerset,” said Lucas.

“I’m more proud of this facility simply because of what it’s going to mean to the kids that come through here over the next few years,” added the Jumper coach. “It’s a huge investment by our board and it’s Title IX compliant. It’s a gesture that athletics and academics mean a lot here at Somerset, and they’re willing to put their money where there mouth is. Whether it’s soccer, volleyball — any team, whether it be male of female — this is a place where they can come and work out.”

The total project took about three weeks from beginning to end according to Lucas, with The Equipment Guys doing a turn-key job from start to finish.

Lucas says the new facility will not only help all athletes at Somerset High School while they pursue their various athletic endeavors at the prep level, but it will also pay a huge dividend in preparing these same athletes for competition at the collegiate level once their playing days for the Briar Jumpers/Lady Jumpers have ended.

“Especially at a small school like we are, all the programs have to serve the kids, and give those kids the opportunity to get better, and they have to give their kids the opportunity to open doors for them at the collegiate level,” remarked the SHS coach. “With the weight room, the fitness, and the training that we have here, it will help our kids when it comes time to go to college. Our kids are well-versed in the weight room like so many other kids are, and they’re well-versed in agility’s, nutrition, and things like that. It’s going to be tough to do, but I hope we have a football team that is worthy of this weight room when all is said and done.”

Later this week, the real lifting will get underway for Somerset when the Briar Jumpers kick off the 2014 regular season in the annual Ray Correll Bowl against arch-rival Southwestern.

No matter how many wins the Jumpers pick up or don’t pick up this season, one thing is for sure. When it comes to the new weight room, Somerset has already won in a big, big way.