Wausau East has had its fair share of rough years on the football field, winning just a single game in the last three seasons, but the Lumberjacks are hoping to turn over a new leaf this year.
That all begins under new head coach Kevin Grundy. He’s big on looking out through the windshield, not the rear-view mirror.
So far, the players say the coaching transition has been surprisingly smooth.
"It’s been great," senior quarterback Jack Kane said. "Coming together, being a family and working together as one cohesive unit — I think we’re really building that. I think just making sure we get the little stuff down, that will ultimately lead to the bigger things."
Grundy is pleased with the effort from his players, even though his players are just one week deep into practice, but he says in order to make significant strides, the guys have to show up on time, make sacrifices and outwork everyone else.
"We’re going to focus on our strengths and you want to demand and and confront as a coach and be 100% honest with young men, but as far as weaknesses, I don’t see any as of now," Grundy said.
Wausau East hosts Osceola Friday, Aug.17 in the season opener.