There’s a new Schmitz taking over Mitchell High’s football program, but his face and last name have been very familiar with the Mustangs’ team for the past several years.
Andy Schmitz, the team’s offensive coordinator, will be the next head coach of the Mustangs, according to Mitchell principal Jim Michaels.
“This has been a goal of mine for a long time,” Schmitz said. “Ever since I graduated from college and started coaching with my father, it’s always been a goal of mine to follow in his footsteps and be the head coach at Mitchell.”
The younger Schmitz takes over for his father, Scott, who retired Nov. 22 after 36 years of coaching.
Scott Schmitz was 57-63 in coaching stints at Mitchell and River Ridge, starting the Mustangs program in 2000 and River Ridge’s in 1990.
Schmitz, who has served as an offensive coordinator at Mitchell under his father and at Hudson, said to expect some changes with offensive and defensive philosophies on the field, but he should keep most of the staff. Schmitz also talked about the importance of winning the program’s first district title. The Mustangs reached the postseason in 2003 and 2004 as runners-up in the district.
“One thing I can really take from my dad and continue is how to run a football program,” Schmitz said. “Just how everything was run each and every day, not much will change in that aspect of things. The biggest goal moving forward will be winning this school a district championship.”
King hires Rolle as new head coach
McKinley Rolle, the former coach at Lecanto, was named head coach at King, athletic director Dennis Donaldson said.
Rolle replaces Alvin Davis, who retired after six seasons.
Rolle inherits a program that started the 2013 season with three consecutive wins for the first time since the mid-1980s and finished 6-4.
The Lions went 27-32 under Davis and were 6-4 twice (2010 and ’13), posting the school’s first winning seasons since the team went 8-4 in 2001.
Lecanto finished 2-8 under Rolle last season, went 5-6 the previous year and was 3-7 in his first season in 2011.