But building a new team culture is by far the most important point on the agenda for Rainbow as he looks ahead to the fall.
After going 1-9 in his inaugural season with the Spartans, Rainbow said that constructing a new team concept continues to be an ongoing process.
“I think the biggest thing about our football team is trying to come together as a football team — a team of young men with character,” Rainbow said. “We want our players to do things the right way. It’s not that we don’t have great kids — we have always had great kids — but our program has drifted over the last few years, and we want to get it going back in the right direction.”
Rainbow said he’s been encouraged by the progress his team has made in the last year, but he acknowledged that they still have a long way to go.
“We’re trying to create a culture of expectation, and we have a long way to go and a lot to learn, but we are beginning to build a foundation here,” Rainbow said. “We don’t feel our foundation was good when I first go here, but we’re starting to move forward.”
One area the Spartans have improved on is strength after a year of intense weight-training.
“The biggest thing is that we’re a lot stronger than last year,” Rainbow said. “We have been lifting weights consistently since last year, and we’re already a bigger team physically than we were a year ago.”
While Campbell is returning most of its team from last year, Rainbow said the starting lineup for 2012 is far from settled.
“We have a lot of open positions,” Rainbow said. “We want to create competition. We have 25 to 20 kids who saw a lot of playing time last year who are returning, but we want to have competition for positions.”
Campbell will depend on its core of senior leaders to guide the way on the field this fall.
Defensive end Saveon Springer, linebacker Jude Louisant, fullback Darius Harris and defensive lineman Nick Mitchell are the players Rainbow will be depending on for veteran leadership.
“I’m not concerned with stats so much as I am with developing good leaders on our football team,” Rainbow said. “We are depending on our seniors to provide leadership for us this season.”