Coaches work together to make system a success for Wolverines
It was a little different for Doug Wilson to be standing where he was for most of the East Webster football games last year.
Wilson spent years on the sidelines for the Wolverines running the defense and was the head coach for them following his stint as coordinator. After the 2016 season, he decided it was time to hang the whistle up and just become a teacher until retirement.
It wasn't long after that Wilson was coaxed into becoming the director of athletics for the school in Cumberland. With his love for all things East Webster as well as the players and coaches that represent the school, it was an easy decision.
“It was a little different,” Wilson said of his new role. “I didn't realize how much work it was being a head football coach until you step away, then I noticed how much all of the coaches were doing in all of the sports and it's tiring. People put in countless hours in their sports so it really is not that hard of a job for me because all of the coaches work so well together. We all get along well.”
The coaches are really what makes things tick on and on for the Wolverines. East Webster had implemented a system in all of its programs and winning has followed in droves.
In recent years, the Wolverines have won baseball and softball state championships as well as golf and tennis. They've also been to the Class 2A State championship football game back in 2015 and the basketball teams have both become district champions over the last year.
Wilson believes much of that is due to the culture put in place at a young age.
“In 2A, you have to share athletes," Wilson said. "Watching all of (the coaches) work together is interesting. You realize that one sport feeds off of another. Two or three years ago baseball won the state championship and then everybody was working to get to that point. It's a joy to work with people that care about the program and are not there to just draw a check.”
On the football field, the Wolverines knew they were taking a step back with the talent that was lost. On top of that, Wilson was stepping down as head coach and East Webster hired a new coach in his place.
Former New Albany head man was the guy for the job and Wilson couldn't have been more pleased with his
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Wide receiver Conner Shurden runs with the football for East Webster during the 2017 football season.