Anderson Takes Over as Marinette Football CoachIssue Date: August 22, 2019
New Marinette Marines football coach Nate Anderson isn't starting with football. Before that, it's about more than just where the football goes on 1st and 10.
Anderson talked about eight core values for his football team as the Marines "build a culture" in Marinette.
"It's doing all the little things right, all the character stuff, having good attitude, effort, having commitment, family, he said. "We're really focusing on doing the little things right, and winning will take care of itself."
At a time where some teams around the area have seen decreased participation in football, Anderson said the Marines' numbers have been as good as ever, with about 60 kids out this year throughout the program.
Of course, winning will weigh heavily on the mind when the season rolls around this week, with Marinette opening against Little Chute at home on Friday.
Marinette went 3-6 last season, finishing with a 24-14 loss to Fox Valley Lutheran. Marinette lost a significant part of its team last season, including quarterback Matt Wagner and top receivers/defenders Jake Poetzl and Trey Bretl, among many others like all-conference player Sean Holk.
Replacing Wagner at quarterback, like many other positions, is up in the air. With four quarterbacks competing for the spot, who lines up under center could be a moving target. Anderson said it could change week-to-week or within games early on, with senior Nate Stewart, junior Ty Kretz and two sophomores, Brett Whiting and Adam Lemery, competing for the job.
All-conference running back Sam Drees returns to the fold as the only all-conference Marine. Joe Bezio, a fullback and linebacker, also has the potential to be an all-conference player this season, Anderson said.
He also mentioned wide receiver/defensive back Dylan Poquette and his speed as a potential difference-maker, along with senior lineman Logan Rodriguez, who is working his way back from a knee injury. Beyond that, the purple Marines are green. As Anderson retools his squad he will make a defense a priority. "We will put our best guys on defense and package our athletes in on offense but no one rests on defense, defense wins championships."
Anderson understands this process won't happen immediately, especially with over 30 sophomores in the program, but the new Marines leader is ready to get going.
"We're trying to make Marinette football relevant again and put them back on the map, but it's going to take time," he said. "It's going to take time, but we're going in the right direction. I believe in the process. I don't veer away or steer away when things aren't going good. I stick to what we're doing and go back to work each week and try to get better."
Helping Anderson steer the Marine ship this season will be assistant coaches Andy Walters, Bryan Lenzner, Jon Keepers, Mike Roeder and Eric Olsen, Trainer Mike Shampo, Manager Randy Kuhlman, Stats-Kyle Fischer, and Student Managers Brooke Bayerl, Emma Kowalski, and Melissa Ebsch.
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