Karcher Transforming East Central Football

By: Louis Montesi, III
By: Louis Montesi, III

 school president dr. Billy stewart and athletic director chris harris are pleased with their new man, but with no more than 6 sophmores, it will a challenge to win in year one. 

On an overcast Saturday morning, the East Central Community College football team gathered in Bailey Stadium for Warrior media day.

After a frustrating 3-6 campaign, Decatur welcomes in Head Coach Ken Karcher. He brings with him a new staff, a new mentality and a completely different roster.

"We only have a few kids that have been retained from last year's team. I think it's five or six at this point and time. But, we have a lot of young freshman and a lot of new blood in the program. And we're looking forward to both of the young men, the sophomores and the freshman, to help our football team."

The former NFL quarterback with 22 years of coaching experience to his name, Karcher held try-outs in the spring for members of last year's team. The few returning sophomores indicate a new culture in East Central football. Karcher has a specific vision, and he knows it's not for everyone.

"Well I try to take a different approach to recruiting. I've done this now for a long time. And the thing that's important to us in our program is our mission. And that, as some of the young men have shared, it's about the whole person. And so every young man that's 18 doesn't want to be a part of that necessarily, so in a way, I try to talk them out of coming. And so that way, if they come, they're really sure that they're committed to being a part of our program."

School president Dr. Billy Stewart and Athletic Director Chris Harris are more than pleased with their new man, but with no more than six sophomores, they must know it will be a challenge to win in year one.

"I don't think it really affects us," says sophomore corner back Chris Apperwhite. "I think we have some pretty good football players, and uh I don't consider them as freshman. I consider them as my family."

Sophomore running back Martin Johnson spoke of Karcher's "Whole Body Development" strategy.

"Our mission is use our full body as a unique, educational tool to develop leaders. We never give up. We'll always try our best. No matter our size or our age, we're still going to give it our all. We've got heart this year, and there's no quit in us."

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