by RANDY GREGORY
This year’s University of Michigan Football Camp for high school players took place from June 17 to June 22. Rockford Coach Ralph Munger marked his 30th year as an instructor at the camp with this year’s appearance. But what pleased Munger even more was the maiden voyage of Rockford assistant David Lee as a member of the coaching fraternity who instruct thousands of players from around the country at the elite camp.
“I was really tickled for Coach [David] Lee,” said Munger. “He is an outstanding young coach and I know this was something he had been looking forward to. He has so much enthusiasm and I know he imparted that and his knowledge of the game to the kids who were fortunate enough to work with him.”
Munger spent his time at the camp teaching what he has been widely renowned for over the course of his storied career: the offensive line. While he has worked with other position groups over the years, Munger usually finds his way back to the position he has always been noted for. But the position group is not he most important thing to Munger; it is the experience the campers have.
“We place a heavy emphasis on teaching technique to the players,” said Munger. “We want the young men to be better football players when they leave there and have a better understanding of their position. We use the same drills and teaching techniques that the University of Michigan uses with their team. But we also want to do it in an atmosphere that is conducive to being a positive experience for everyone involved.”
Included amongst the campers was a healthy contingent of Rockford players. Munger was pleased that 11 Rams took part and hoped that their football acumen had improved as much as their enthusiasm indicated they enjoyed the camp.
“I can’t even begin to remember all 11 of their names, so I won’t mention any of them,” said Munger. “It is always great to see some Rams there, and it is nice as well when other coaches tell me how impressed they were with their attentiveness, technique and love of the game.”