SPRINGFIELD, Mo–Stability is key to building a strong unit. Springfield Central now with their new rock, looks to stay steady.
“The expectation was to have guys play football. Open minded about it and ready to work,” said Coach Sean Nevills.
Sean Nevills takes over for former Central coach Lorenzo Williams. Becoming the Bulldogs third head coach in four years.
“I’ve had three head coaches, and it’s a lot of transition to go from. They are doing a great job,” said Craigen Hatfield.
“Coaches, they’ve all been great. We just have to make tackles we’ve got to make plays and do what we were coached to do,” said Danny Adams.
And like any building project you have to have a good foundation.
“You have to believe it and you have to preach it everyday. We break off family, we do that everyday,” said Coach Nevills.
Coach Nevills knows a thing or two about starting a program from the ground up. He was an assistant coach at Battle. The Spartans won the 2014 class 5 state title in only their second season of football.
“That was a different team and things were ran differently there. Obviously I have to work in my own way here but yeah I have that taste and I would love to have it again in my career as a head coach, hopefully here,” said Nevills.
While Nevills had success in Columbia, his roots are right here in Springfield. Getting his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Missouri State. As well as being a student assistant for MSU’s football program.
“We love Springfield, we wanted to come back to Springfield. And the plan, as I like to call it, is to stay here and build this thing,” said Nevills.
With the right plan in place, there’s no telling how high Central can stand.
“I know we are going to have a great season. I just want to be able to walk away knowing that I did something for this team, like seniors in the past have done for me,” said Hatfield.
“Everyday every week it’s a building effort, so we just want to be better than we were the week before and that would be a success,” said Coach Nevills.