Prep Football

Hanover's Brooks pushes for football to be moved up one year

2012-10-02T22:00:00Z 2013-05-06T22:41:14Z Hanover's Brooks pushes for football to be moved up one yearSteve Hanlon steve.hanlon@nwi.com, (219) 933-4198 nwitimes.com
October 02, 2012 10:00 pm  • 

Jeff Brooks spoke for an hour and a half in front of the Hanover Community School Corporation on Tuesday night.

The Hanover Central athletic director gave details on every aspect of the birthing Wildcats football program. Then, he gave the most important aspect of his speech.

Instead of starting varsity football in 2015, Brooks believes Hanover must move its varsity timetable up to 2014.

"I think it would offer more for our students if we start in 2014," Brooks said.

It would also offer more opportunities for the league that Hanover joins next year, the Greater South Shore Conference, who Brooks will meet with today.

Most schools sign two-year contracts for their schedules, with the first year being on an even year. If Hanover waited for varsity football until 2015, as was originally planned, seven GSSC schools on Hanover's schedule would have to find one-year contracts for the 2014 autumn.

"Scheduling is a big part of this," Brooks said.

Brooks plans to post the head coaching position in December. The district will need to hire six football coaches, four for the high school and two for the middle school.

Brooks said the interest is extremely high at both the middle school and high school for football. He believes starting football in 2014 is the best fit, even though Hanover will not be eligible for the IHSAA postseason until 2015.

"If we start in 2014 it would give our kids one more year of experience to prepare for when we would take part in the IHSAA tournament," he said.

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