Newport High School football coach, Matt Schmitz has a lot to think about for the upcoming season. There are logistics to finalize, practices to organize and strategies to perfect. One thing Schmitz doesn't need to worry about, though, are the individuals on his practice field coming together as a team.
“We all got really close, really quickly last year due to some personal circumstances,” Coach Schmitz told The River City News.
Schmitz took over the head coaching spot at Newport in June of last year. While he was in the midst of putting his staff together, he and his father, Bill, would work with his team during summer practices. Then, after the team's first game, Schmitz' father passed away.