Q: How many years have you been coaching?
A: This is my 11th year coaching track at SHS and my third year as head coach. I was an assistant coach at Dickinson High School in Dickinson, North Dakota for three years prior to moving to Sidney.
Q: Are the practices this season shaping up as you expected?
A: For the first week of practice, I am very pleased with how things have gone thus far. We had a good core group of athletes who have been working out since January so they are already in mid-season form. All the athletes and coaches are ready to be outside for practice.
Q: Do you see any surprising “stand outs” this year?
A: We have a very talented group this year, top to bottom, on both the boys’ and girls’ side. Big returners for us on the boys’ side are Carter Hughes, who is the defending state champion in the shot and disc, Wyatt Heringer, who is a state placer in pole vault and runs on both relays, Christian Dean who is a state placer in the pole vault, Riley Kostelecky who is a returning finalist in the 100-meter dash and Tate Wieferich who was a core member of our state-placing, 4x400-meter relay team. For the girls, Kaitlyn Keithley is the defending 100-meter super divisional champion and two-time state placer in the 100 and Katie Berglund is a returning state placer in the pole vault and core member of our 4x100-meter relay team. We have an outstanding group of underclassmen who will make significant contributions this year on both teams.
Q: Do you or will you have a team captain? If you already have one, who is it? What quality makes a good captain in softball?
A: Our team leaders this year are Carter Hughes, Wyatt Heringer, Tate Wieferich, Christian Dean, Katie Berglund, Kaitlyn Keithley and Daniel Schneider. All of our team leaders have adopted a championship mentality, they know the hard work and dedication it takes to win and achieve their goals. As leaders, they demonstrate this every day at practice and our group has responded well to this. Each athlete has individual and team goals that they are striving to achieve this season.
Q: How can we, as a community, help you this season?
A: Since we only have one home meet this season, we always need help from the parents and community to make this meet a success. We have an outstanding administration, parent group and booster club at SHS, so we are very fortunate in that respect.
Q: Do you have a favorite sports quote?
A: “Don’t worry about what you can’t control. Our focus and energy needs to be on the things we CAN control — Attitude, Effort and focus — these are things we can control.”