Hank Wickley March 12, 2018 Sports

Football program brings in familiar faces

By Hank Wickley

Sports Writer

Since being announced as the football team’s head coach in January, Jason Couch has made some changes.   

One big move has been the team’s coaching staff. Last week coach Couch brought home some familiar faces, as well as kept some coaches around.   

“The new coaches I have asked to join our staff are ‘Alma Guys’” said Couch.   

“Two are graduates of Alma and one has coached here five different times throughout his coaching career,” he said.   

“Most importantly, all of these coaches are excited to be home,” Couch said. 

“All are passionate about Scots football and will also built tremendous relationships with the players,” said Couch.  

For the coaches who left Alma, they had other opportunities that were best for themselves and their families, said Couch.   

“As for the coaches that are here, they remained on staff because they are committed to Alma football and the players here,” said Couch.  

These changes have the players excited as well.   

“Our players have been overwhelmingly supportive during this transition,” said Couch.   

“I love the coaches that we brought in and I believe in the coaching staff we have now,” said running back Austin Spratling (‘20).   

“I look forward to working with them in spring ball and in the fall,” said quarterback Mason Ippel (20’).  

As for next fall, the 125th season of Alma College football, these coaching changes have provided a spark for the team.   

“It gives us a fresh start going into next season,” said Spratling.  

“All the players are getting antsy for fall to get here so we can start playing,” said Ippel.  

“With the coaches and players we have now, I think we have what it takes to win a MIAA championship,” Spratling added.   

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