The numbers are down , but nothing is going to stop them especially with these seniors and returning letter-winners leading the team: (from left) Austin Rempel, Caleb Potucek, Hunter Hein, Matthew Potucek, Dillon Boldt, Jamari Harris, Tristan Rathbone
Demetrius Cox may be a first year head coach for the Hillsboro Trojans, but he brings years of experience to the game not only as an assistant coach in various programs but as a top player at Tabor College and in his own high school.
He also brings years of working in the school district where he has already earned respect from his players as well as built a reputation as a teacher who not only cares but is willing to push a student to help them do their best.
Cox is working with a team that is lower in numbers than he would like, but they are high on talent.
“We will have some challenge number wise, but I think overall with the talent and the skill and getting it all together, I think we will be okay,” said Cox.
The team made it to the second round of playoffs last year with several of the boys lettering.
In addition to a few seniors and returning letter winners, Cox is already noticing some other promising players stepping up.
“Jared Jantzen is showing some signs of improvement. So is Cole Kaufman.. We have some really good players,” said Cox. “There are some young freshmen boys who are going to be really good eventually. We have some good talent coming up.”
For now, Cox is focusing on both his current leaders and helping them give the game their all while also teaching the younger ones a love for the game.
“Our goal is to play a good game and give ourselves a chance to win. I would like to help these young guys to develop into young men and gel together well,” said Cox.
Many will remember that Cox and his wife, Ciera, lost their 15 year old son this summer suddenly and tragically. Cox addressed the death of his son, Demarius, and how he is dealing with it all.
“I think for me as a new coach facing the death of a loved one and trying to overcome that is going to be my biggest adversity. Learning to adapt is going to be a huge one. But, with the coaching staff I have behind me, I should be okay,” said Cox.
Coming— The Trojans kick off their season at home Sept 6.