Deonta Wade takes over the reins of a Field Kindley-Coffeyville Golden Tornado Football program that been under .500 since 2013.
However, there was plenty of optimism shared by Wade.
“(Last season) a young team that had to go through growing pains. We did not lose more than a handful of seniors, which allows a ton of experience going into 2020.”
Wade has been in an assistant position for the previous four years; this will be his first experience as a head coach.
Last season, Coffeyville found themselves in close contests at various points of the season, but lack of consistent effort doomed the Golden Tornadoes to a 2-7 record, including a 29-26 double-overtime loss in the playoffs to Augusta.
“From what I have seen [the] 2nd and 3rd quarters were issues last season. Hopefully, with experience comes confidence.”
Coffeyville will have plenty of experience and talent this season.
The player to watch for Coffeyville will be senior wide receiver Darell Jones, an All-SEK League Wide Receiver and Defensive Back last season.
The 5’11” 166 lbs. senior recorded 815 yards receiving with 8 touchdowns on offense.
On defense Jones notched 79 tackles, 4 of which for losses, and 3 interceptions last season.
Jones’ Sub 4.40 40-yard dash time that earned him an offer from K-State University to play football next season.
Another offensive weapon will be 6′ 190 lbs. All-SEK League linebacker Ethan Camp.
Returning to run the offense is Aaron Rutherford. The 5’11” 165 lbs. senior threw for 1,370 yards with 9 touchdowns last season.
Returning on the offensive line is seniors Brady White, Jaden Erne, Matt Redden, and Nick Morris, all combine for 960 lbs. in the trenches, the Coffeyville Football offense should be an explosive team to watch in the SEK League.
“We have an offensive and defensive line that has grown and will continue to grow as they accumulate reps,” said Wade.
The one-time SEK League powerhouse program will see many players start on offense and defense.
The Golden Tornado head coach noted that it would take more than talent for the first winning season in close to a decade.
“We have a bunch of super talented dudes, but talent only goes so far. When we learn to come together and play for one another, this program will take off.”
Last year’s team averaged just over 22 points per game while giving up 31 points per game on average.
Another change for Coffeyville will be moving over from 4A West to East.
However, the Golden Tornadoes schedule is stacked with some familiar West teams in Augusta, Valley Center, Independence, and Mulvane.
With a lot of improvement and talent returning, coach Wade emphasized an aspect of the game he felt was missing: fun.
“We will coach our guys tough, but we will let them have fun [while being] respectful to our opponents.”
AUTHOR’S NOTE: A previous edition of the article erroneously stated Jones had 4 touchdowns. It has since been corrected. I apologize for the error.