A new coach. A new system. A new day.
That's exactly what's going on with the Western Hills football program. First-time head coach Scott Mooney will lead the Wolverines this fall, and he hopes to bring WHHS into some winning ways.
The Wolverines have struggled to build a football program since the school opened up in 1980. The school has had just two winning seasons the past 23 years, and along with that just two playoff appearances.
"We are ready for a change to take place with Western Hills football," Mooney said. "We want to take it to a new level. We haven't done well in the past and these kids want to be the team that turns this program around and in the right direction."
While Mooney is focused on winning, he says the bigger picture is more important.
"We want to establish a program of character," said Mooney, who replaced Phil Bell as the WHHS head coach. "Developing character is our top priority. Their education is second and football is third."
Mooney has a small team, just 28 players, but he indicated his players are making up for the shortage with extra effort and a good attitude.
"The kids have been great and they are working extremely hard," Mooney said. "They are excited about being in a new system and they believe in what we are trying to do."
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