Community college AD: Lazser Down ‘makes a huge difference’

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By Dan Guttenplan, FNF Coaches Editor

Hutchinson Community College (Kan.) athletic director Josh Gooch spotted the Lazser Down and Distance Markers on TV for the first time a few years ago and decided to purchase a set for his program to help improve the game operation.

Hutchinson Community College integrated the Lazser Down and Distance Markers into the game-day experience last season, and Gooch hasn’t looked back since. He recently shared his experience with FNF Coaches.

What has your experience been like with the Lazser Down and Distance Markers?

“It’s been super helpful. It’s amazing how many people come up to me post-game to ask about them. They want to know how it works. When you’re watching the game, you find yourself staring at it very quickly after the play to find out the down and distance. Because of all of the different angles in the game, I’m not always sure of the distance. For an old coach like me, it makes a big difference.”

What are the coaches saying about the way it helps with their play-calling?

“I’m the AD, but I imagine it impacts the play-calling speed. More importantly, they’re not waiting for the distance. As soon as that button is pushed when the marker is set, they’re able to make that call. At a crucial time in the game, it’s good to not be in limbo. You know it’s third-and-2 rather than third-and-4.”

How does it add to the fan experience?

“For the average fan, it makes a huge difference. They’re able to look down and keep up with the speed of the game. It’s more interactive.”

Have you considered taking advantage of the sponsorship program?

“We haven’t yet, but it’s one of the things we’re going to sell. We do so much in our college currently. We’re looking for the right fit and we’ll see what we can do. It will be an easy sell. My ultimate goal was to get it more for the game operation piece.”

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