Coaches work to­gether to make sys­tem a suc­cess for Wolver­ines

Starkville Daily News - - SPORTS -

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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Diana Ed­wards, for Starkville Daily News) (Photo by

Wide re­ceiver Con­ner Shur­den runs with the foot­ball for East Web­ster dur­ing the 2017 foot­ball sea­son.

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