Q&A with coach Kelly Poppinga

Jun 26, 2013 - Posted by Spencer Shamo on June 26, 2013 at 1:32 pm
What bonds you as a deffensive staff?
“I think just having common goals and being trained by the same guy. Coach Mendenhall coached effort, discipline and passion. Coach Mendenhall, that’s him and it’s come down to every single one of us. All of us have those core values and what we want to teach our guys, and that’s what brings us together.”
You and Nick are not afraid to speak your mind (being the youngest defensive coaches)?
“No, even when I was a graduate assistant, coach Mendenhall didn’t treat us like graduate assistants. We were able to speak and give our opinions. You know sometimes those opinions were shot down.”
Toughest coach on the defensive staff?
“Coach Howell.”
Favorite place to play?
“That’s the University of Utah.”
Toughest coach you’ve gone against?
“That’s a good question. I would say Gary Patterson.”