By ALLEN SEYBERT
After over two decades coaching as a varsity assistant as well as in the junior high ranks, Youngsville's John Victor is making the jump to varsity football head coach.
Victor was recently recommended for the position and will become the next Eagles football coach, pending the approval of the Warren County School District Board of Directors.
Victor, who is also the varsity girls track coach at the school, takes over for Luke Alex, who resigned - along with virtually all of his staff - last month. Alex led a resurgence in the Eagles program during his two year at the helm, including leading the Eagles to an undefeated regular season, Region 2 championship and District 10 playoff appearance in 2010. The new coach is no stranger to the sidelines. Victor has coached at every school in the county with the exception of Eisenhower.
"I started coaching at Beaty in the early 1990's and coached at Sheffield under coach (John Bonavita) as well," said Victor. "I also spent time at Youngsville working with coaches Flickner and Errett."
Victor acknowledged the popularity of the previous coaching staff and is excited to build on what Alex and his assistants built.
"I know many of the kids were upset when the previous coaches left because they were so well liked and ran the program so well," said Victor. "A lot of them weren't sure what was going to happen with the program and now that they know, they are just excited to get back into things again.
"One thing I'd really like to continue is the commitment to the weight room introduced by the previous coaches. I'm excited to get these guys back on the weights."
As far as long-term goals go, Victor is focused on keeping the Eagles as competitive as possible.
"It's my goal to get some of the kids who should be playing football out for the team," said Victor. "Not only will I be the coach, but I'm also teaching at the high school and I feel like I can really be there for these kids. Ultimately the goal is to continue to field the most competitive team as possible."
Youngsville was hit hard by the injury bug in 2011, finishing the campaign 1-9. Despite the rash of injuries and lack of on-field success, Victor contends that some positives can be taken from the difficult situation.
"Even though it wasn't a stellar year as far as wins and losses, a lot of those underclassman had loads of valuable in-game experience. That is really going to help us when the new season comes.
"Most of all, I want to continue the team's success with the weight program and continue to play close games on the field. I'm very excited about taking on the challenge and helping these kids play to the best of their ability."