Hopefully sometime in life, one can say they truly found their passion for something.
That’s not an issue for Butch Wolanski, who has spent the last 18 years coaching football.
The first part of his time was spent as the Defensive Line Coach at Lutheran High School and the last seven as the Clopton Elsberry IndianHawks middle school coach. Not only has he shared that passion with many young men over the years, his proudest time comes from being able to share that passion with his three sons, Jameson, Jacob and Joshua.
Although it is not about the coach, more so about the kids and parents who put all the time into camps, practices and games, Wolanski brings an impressive resume to the table, even spending one year on a semi-pro team.
The IndianHawk high school program began their first season in the fall of 2004, but any good coach knows that a good feeder program will make them successful. In steps Wolanski, who was able to get the program started seven years ago.
“This program would not have been possible if it were not for the support of the IndianHawk Football Board, the Youth Football Board, the school boards from both schools and more importantly the parents and community. I can’t thank them enough for the support they have given to the program,” said Wolanski.
Even though Wolanski is pleased with the road the football programs have traveled over the last several years for the two schools, he would like to see more community involvement and promoting of the sport.
His numbers on the middle school team were down this year and for the program to gain momentum in growing, more young men are going to have to come out for the sport.
He added, “The coaching staff takes pride in their coaching and preaches “Heads Up Football.”
This is the safer way to practice and play. USA Football has worked with leaders in both medicine and sport across the country to create a full-featured program that any league or school can use to address key safety issues and ensure that every coach understands and knows how to implement each component of the program.
Wolanski will continue to stay around football, just not as the head coach, giving him and his wife, Jennifer more time to just watch the game.
They will also enjoy their time watching the youngest two Jacob and Josh play on the high school team next year, and travel to watch their oldest, Jameson, who is continuing his passion for football at Waldorf University.