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  1. Former Whiting and now Woodlan head coach, Sherwood Haydock, came back to Whiting in 2015 for the semi state game. He did it several years back when he was at River Forest as well. Many of us Whiting coaches were former players and/or assistants under Haydock, pretty neat experience for all of us.
  2. The Hanover Central program is up and coming. They have a great atmosphere and a nice setup for games. This is an extremely attractive job and the school and the program is going to continue to grow. With all due respect Tommy, I disagree that it's a fledgling program. In fact, I feel it's quite the opposite and will have significant interest. Pete is a great dude and Highland is lucky to land him. I hate to see him leave our conference but he will do well at Highland.
  3. Whiting brought two teams last year and we couldn't have been more happy with the event. It's extremely well-run, the events are different and challenging, and it's a great day of competition. We already committed to bringing two teams this year and highly encourage other schools to do the same. We traveled a couple of hours to get there and left mighty early in the morning, but it was well worth the trip. And we were able to get Pizza King which is a big plus for the overweight members of our coaching staff (all of us).
  4. Bro Culture Gets out of Hand

    Very-well stated.
  5. Bro Culture Gets out of Hand

    I just finished up my 16th year as an assistant but I consider myself relatively young. If anyone knows me, I am definitely an old school coach when it comes to my approach. I am a blue collar guy, my dad was a mill worker of 38 years, and you can bet I got my behind kicked once or twice. With that being said, I understand that not all kids respond to the same approach. Some kids you can coach hard, some you can't. There are kids whose face I may get in and to get my point across, others I'll talk to on the side - whatever it takes. I have fist-bumped, did that jump and hit each other's back thing, high-fived, hugged, etc with my players. If that means I am a contributor to the "bro culture", then so be it.
  6. Congrats North Newton

    Congrats to Coach Bean. He is a stand-up guy and a good coach. Well-deserved.
  7. Bad Weather (Favorite Games)

    My favorite bad weather game is from 2015's semi-state at home on Lake Michigan. It snowed and sleeted all day and we basically played on frozen turf. I attached a couple of pictures - one is us celebrating the win but you can see the field in the background covered in snow. People tried to shovel off the yard lines and hash marks... it was a chaotic evening. People dubbed the game, "The Ice Bowl". We won 14-7 to propel us to the state championship. The other picture was taken by a father who owns a drone. You can see just how close we are to Lake Michigan. We frequently get terrible weather in late October into November. Back in 2005 we were playing our rivals Clark HS in a torrential downpour. We won 6-0 but it rained constantly all evening - sideways rain. Later that evening, I heard the weatherman talk about Lake Effect rain - never heard of it before. It didn't rain anywhere else that night but Whiting. Kind of crazy.
  8. Most iconic HS helmet decal

    The Pioneer logo will always stand in my head - iconic no doubt. The same goes with Bremen's b logo. I'm not sure how long they've had that but I like it. At Whiting, we've recently incorporate our O logo. Not sure if it's iconic but we like it.
  9. As a DC, I love 7 on 7. Obviously I get to work coverage but it's also a great time to work force rules and secondary run support. We also work on communication and option rules. From my stand point, it's hardly lost its purpose. No one is saying it should replace 11 on 11 but 7 on 7 certainly has its place in practice.
  10. Winamac Football

    Congrats Coach Barr!
  11. Winamac Football

    I disagree with that statement that Winamac isn't a football program. Coach Roth is 27th all time in wins both active and retired coaches. He is ahead of guys like Mark Hoffman, Elmer Britton, and Rick Streiff. To say the man hasn't built a program is a shot to these individuals and every other coach who has built a program. While I don't know the inner-workings of the Winamac Football program, I can say he built a formidable team, his team won and loss with class, and he carried himself that way each and every time we've played them. You may disagree with things he has or hasn't done, that's your right as a parent/fan, but the man deserves some respect.
  12. I am sorry for your loss. Great programs are made up of people like that.
  13. Great programs are made up of people like that -- I'm sorry for your loss.
  14. NSC Sectional

    Having Bo Hundt sure helped!