- December 13, 2017
The Windermere Wolverines football team will take its home field at Deputy Scott Pine Community Park for the first time this week.
Coming off of an 0-10 inaugural season in which the Wolverines did not score a touchdown, this milestone has helped to infuse some excitement into the program. Windermere will host Holy Trinity (Melbourne) at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 24.
“We’re going to go over there for the first time on Friday to practice, and then we’ll practice there all next week,” said head coach Fred Priest. “I think the kids are looking forward to it, without a doubt.”
The Wolverines’ spring game also will be the debut of Priest as the program’s head coach. He was hired during the offseason after Greg Miller, the program’s first coach, stepped down.
Since Priest’s hiring, he has gone about resetting the culture for the young program, and dating back to off-season conditioning and weightlifting, he and his staff have been working to get the kids to buy into the idea of being “foundation builders.”
“We have a core of kids who have bought in and have another group of kids who are still feeling their way,” Priest said. “We’re making progress. I thought our off-season conditioning, for the most part, went really well.”
Priest said fans of the Wolverines can expect to see new changes in how the team plays on both sides of the ball. However, what he and his assistant coaches are really keen to see is a tonal difference when the team takes the field.
“We really want to see aggressive play,” Priest said. “We’re going to make mistakes, but mistakes are not the problem, because they can be fixed.”
Fans planning on attending the first home football game at Deputy Scott Pine Community Park are encouraged to arrive early if they would like to park on location . There is limited amount of parking, and there will be a $5 charge. Otherwise, fans are able to park at the school’s campus and catch a shuttle that will continually be running back and forth between the school and its off-campus stadium.