St. Francis de Sales Pioneers
Last year's record: 1-6
Director of Football Operations: Tom Gullickson
Head Coach: Guy Smith, 0-0 at school and overall
Assistant Coach: George Deaton.
Returning starters: 6 (3 offense, 3 defense)
Top Offensive Players: Eric Matthews, 6-1. Sr., QB; Kenneth Catron, 6-2, Sr., WR; Ade Olinaya, 6-1, Sr. OL.
Top Defensive Players: Olinaya, Sr., 6-1, DL; Matt Alvarez, 5-11, So., LB;
The Times Breakdown: Smith inherits a program that was 4-21 in the last three years, but he is optimistic about building a program. He got the job a few weeks ago, but he and Gullickson, director of football operations, are putting a structure in place. He has 25 players out and expects a few more freshmen. There is no freshman or junior varsity team this season. Olinaya is a solid two-way performer, while Matthews and Catron give the Pioneers some offensive spark. right now, the program is looking to put things in place for the future and there will be growing pains as there has been in the past. A trip to Bears camp and to Notre Dame was a treat for the team and a morale booster. Gullickson played for Ara Parseghian in the 1970s. The key will be to keep their spirits up and a few wins might just do that.
Quote: "This year we are going to compete every week. The kids are going to compete every week." — Smith
— Compiled by Mike Nieto