On January 12, the Wayne Steffenhagen Era ended.
This fall a new era begins for D.C. Everest Football as Luke Coenen takes over as head coach after 22 years as an Evergreens assistant coach. While Coenen shares many of the same beliefs as the former coach, he plans on giving his players more priveleges. In return he expects them to always act responsibly and always keep the team in mind.
"They have to earn my respect and I have to earn their's. Right now, they have freedom, but I won't hesitate to take it away if I have to."
So far, players are buying in. They've made individual accountability a top priority in practice with the hope that it pays off come game time.
Says senior Sam Graff,"We have to practice like we play in games, so when we make a mistake in practice we have to clean it up in practice so it doesn't happen in games."
For the new head coach, the goal is to get better everyday. For the leaders on the team, they want to win. The first step in the right direction is August 19 when they play Marshfield.