BELLINGHAM - Squalicum's football team during summer camp at Evergreen State College established four covenants under new head coach Nick Lucey.
Those included family, intensity, passion and discipline, and the Storm have been living by them since.
Lucey made clear Thursday's practice, Aug. 21, at Squalicum High School, was all about intensity. And the Storm's second time out certainly drove home the coach's message.
Arguably nothing showed that more then when senior defensive back Coleman Schwab intercepted a pass from Lucey, who was filling in at quarterback during a team drill. Schwab returned the pick with a trail of defenders whooping and hollering behind him.
"I knew where he was going to throw because I read him like a book, basically," Schwab said jokingly, "but no, it was a lot of fun."
The Storm are hoping to keep that fun rolling into the fall season after a somewhat disappointing 4-6 record last year.
Lucey, who comes to Squalicum after serving as Simon Fraser University's offensive coordinator a season ago, is looking to foster a culture predicated on loving the process and not overlooking the minute details.
"We've had a great spring and summer," Lucey said. "Always the first time through you do anything, it's the first time through. You know, it's always easier the second and third time - the guys are in a routine, and they know what they are doing. As a coaching staff our first time working together, I don't think it could have gone any better."
And the receptiveness has gone both ways.
Seniors Christian Jorgensen, Nick Manchester and Schwab each spoke glowingly about their new coach.
"Right from the get-go, he showed his authority," Jorgensen said. "It's awesome, because he's not a yeller. He's a strong leader. I love all his philosophies - his offense is great. It's just been really good. He's fast-paced, fast tempo. He expects excellence."
Lucey undoubtedly will bring innovative concepts to the offensive side of the ball given his pedigree. His version of the spread offense is sure to include Squalicum's many talented athletes.
Between Manchester, fellow backs and siblings Dajayln Mitchell and Damek Mitchell and wide receivers Quinn Carpenter, Schwab and former Blaine speedster Josiah Westbrook, Lucey has plenty of weapons at his disposal.
The Storm's goal: get its athletes the ball in open space as much as possible.
"It's really exciting to see how much talent we have, and we are going to come together as a team and show what we can do," Manchester said.
Given Thursday marked the Storm's second practice, Lucey will undoubtedly be unearthing more talent as the pads come on, and he even may have found a gem during a team-bonding lineman field-goal kicking contest to close practice.
The winning kick was good from 30 yards out.
"I definitely think the coaches, especially Lucey, know how to balance fun and intensity out here," Schwab said.
This is the first of 11 football camp updates from Whatcom County schools heading into the 2014 season. Reach Andrew Lang at email@example.com or call 360-756-2862. Follow @bhamsports on Twitter for Whatcom County sports updates.