I had a chance to ask a few questions to the new assistant football and track coach, Andrew Burch.
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He is originally from Junction City, OR, 100 miles south of Portland and about 10 miles north of Eugene, OR. He played three sports while in High School, football, wrestling, and track. He commented about his experience at Junction City HS; “We had a tradition of excellence in sports. I got to play for amazing Oregon Hall of Fame football coach Mark Henderson, who won two 3A state championships, and had a 49-0 conference winning streak that I was a part of as a player. He produced many DIV-1 athletes and even a couple of NFL players. Justin Wilcox the head coach at University of California, (was a few years ahead of me in school) was one of Coach Henderson’s players and a Hero to me as a kid in our community of 4,000 residents. All that said, I’ve learned so much of whom I am as a teacher and coach from Mark. I was blessed to have him as a coach when I played and grateful to be a part of his coaching staff after I graduated from college. Mark also served as the President of the Oregon Coach’s Association for numerous years.”
Andrew is a graduate of Greenville University,Greenville, IL, in 2004, with a BS in Biology. GU is located 45 minutes away from St. Louis, MO. He played football and track at GU and was an offensive lineman while at GU. His position coach was a 3-year starter atThe University of Nebraska in the early 1990’sand a firstteam All-Big 8 lineman. Coach Brian Boerboom taught him the technical side of the game while also instilling the tenacity it takes to be a competitor every day. He has a Master’s Degree in Education from Western Oregon University, 2012.
Mr. Burch previously coached high school football and track in Oregon for seven years, 2005-2011. He taught Science in Gillette, WY, for five years while coaching JH football and JH Wrestling, 2013-2018. The upcoming school year will be his second year at Scranton.
When asked what brought him to Scranton he replied; “My wife and I moved into the area in 2017 to help my step-kids transition into their secondary school years.”
He feels his major challenge as anassistant coach is to produce players who can play multiple positions at a high level. To essentially create an atmosphere of reloading rather than feeling like the team needs to rebuild after each class graduates.What he enjoys the most about the position is being around the players and watching their personal development on and off the field. Also, the chess game between the opposing coaches and finding mismatches for the kids to show off their talents.
His thoughts on how the team will do this season; “I think we will be very competitive. Football is all about momentum, if we have it, we need to capitalize on it. If we don’t have it, we need to create it. If we can do those things and win the turnover battle, we will be in the mix to win each game.”
When asked about any goals for the team in the next 2-4 years; “I’d like to see ten players from each class commit themselves to each other for four years. Winning doesn’t happen because you want it to, it comes from an attitude of dying to your own self and putting the team ahead one’s self.If we can get ten players in each class to come out for football and stay out,great things will happen for the Nighthawks.”
He considers the favorites in Region4 will be Napoleon and Kidder County. They have some great coaches and players and had a lot of success last season. The Nighthawks can be in the mix, if the team maintainsconsistentexecution and have a high level of preparation.
His final comments were; “I am so thankful that Coach Lefebre ask me to be a part of his staff and entrusted me with the offense. I am excited to bring this offense to Hettinger/Scranton. It’s an offense, which has been tested and is battle harden to help the kids win the games.”