Last year the SPASH Panthers went to state for the first time since 1974.
A year later everything's changed, a new coach, a new team, and a clean slate in 2011.
New head coach Scott Rice brings quite the pedigree to the table. Both his father and uncle in the WFCA Hall of Fame. His brother Pat has taken Waunakee to Madison six times. Also, his other brother Todd is the head of strength and conditioning for the N.C.State wolfpack. So the new head coach embraces expectations; and the work that comes with them.
Says Rice,"It's never bad for the bar to be set high and it's even better when the kids know what the expectations are and willing to work towards them."
While the cupboards aren't exactly bare, coach Rice is willing to do any and everything to get the most out of this year's team. That includes players switching position. So far, the players are buying in.
Says senior Ryan Ramczyk,"I actually started at center last year and he moved me to tackle, so whatever it takes to help the team.'
So even though this season SPASH must begin anew, history doesn't lie. With the recent success of Panther football and Rice's family tree, failure isn't an option. Clean slate or not.