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Hartselle football head coach Bo Culver. [JERONIMO NISA/DECATUR DAILY]

Unfortunately, through all the craziness in recent weeks, the buzz surrounding the hire of East Lawrence’s new football hire has been sort of lost in the shuffle. 

However, make no mistake, the fans haven’t forgotten. 

Since his hiring in early March, the East Lawrence community has been beaming with enthusiasm at the thought of what Bo Culver can do for their program. 

Culver echoes that excitement. 

“Man I’m excited. I believe God has put me here for a reason,” Culver said. “I’m from Lawrence County so I’m happy to be back. I really like where the state of the program is. I believe we have the chance to make some history here.” 

The state of the program at East Lawrence is better than it has been in a long time for sure. Before departing for a job in Georgia, James Moore led the Eagles to a 5-5 record last year. It was their first non-losing season since 1997. Still, the Eagles don’t exactly have the glowing history that would attract big name coaches. 

Culver spent last season as the head coach at Hartselle High School. Before that he was head coach at Deshler where he led the Tigers to the class 4A state championship game in 2018. 

So why come to East Lawrence? 

“Like I said I really believe God put me here for a reason. I had some other opportunities but this seemed like the right fit,” said Culver. “I’m passionate about what I do but first and foremost I love my Savior and I love my family. Some other places I went to wanted me to put football first and that’s just not who I am.” 

“Principal (Ron) Rikard and the East Lawrence community seemed to understand,” he continued. “It just seemed to be the best fit for me.”

Culver has greatly appreciated the love that the East Lawrence community has given him since his hire was made official. He cites it as just another reason why the Eagles were the right fit for him and isn’t entertaining any questions about why he would choose them.

“Why East Lawrence? Why not East Lawrence?” he said. “I’ve been in this business a long time and one thing I’ve learned is you go where you’re appreciated. This community is excited about me and I’m excited about them. I can’t wait to get to work.” 

When making the hire, East Lawrence’s Principal Rikard stated that he wanted someone that could help take the Eagles’ offense to the next level. Culver has been described as offensive guru, making his the perfect candidate for the job.

“I’ve always said if you can count you can coach football. Football to me has always been a numbers game. If they have more players in the box than you, you better not run it,” Culver said. “Obviously we’re not going to give our offense and quarterback more than they can handle, we will be starting out simple. But I believe we’re going to be able to do some things that will excite the players as well as keep defense on their heels.”

Culver is excited to bring his brand of high tempo culture to the Eagles’ program. 

“There’s going to be a transition period because the way we run our practices and offense is different than I think these kids have experienced in the past,” he said. “We’re every high tempo, very fact paced and very wide open. It will take some getting used to but I think the kids will love it.” 

When Culver was hired one of the things that he said to Rikard that struck home was “I’ve been to the playoffs nine straight years and I don’t plan on missing this year.”

For a team that hasn’t made the playoffs in 12 years, that’s the kind of drive they want to hear. 

“That’s always my mindset and I believe that if it’s not then you’re doing your team and your program a huge injustice,” Culver said. “I believe we’ve got what it takes to be very successful and to do that we’re going to take everything one day at a time, one rep at a time and one game at a time.”

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