West Platte Begins New Era

By Matt Tritten | mtritten@kq2.com

Published 08/08 2013 09:19PM

Updated 08/08 2013 09:51PM

(WESTON, Mo.) In four years under Chuck Siler, West Platte won 33 games and two district titles, but Siler retired after the 2012 season.

Now it's Nate Danneman's turn to continue the success in Weston.

"With the tradition here, it made it kind of exciting to come into a place like this and get started," Danneman said.

The Blue Jays new head coach comes from a football background. Danneman played middle linebacker at Missouri Valley College alongside his identical brother. He later spent six seasons as defensive coordinator at Richmond, then moved on to Drexel. In Danneman's final two seasons there, he took over as head coach and led the Bobcats to a 17-4 record over the two years.

His next challenge is to tackle the KCI, a conference that boasts the Class 1 state champion Hamilton.

"One of my quotes is motivation breeds confidence, and with confidence you can hit competition head on," Danneman said. "I think if we keep motivating these kids, they're going to have the confidence to play whoever they want to."

"Bringing Coach Danneman in, he's got a lot of good ideas, has a lot of energy and he wants to do well with this team," senior Riley Miller said. "I feel like all that's transferring over and going to make it a really good senior season."

With a new coach, comes a new system. Danneman's installing an option attack on offense, and bringing a four-four look defensively.

"We're still learning," Danneman said. "There are still a lot of things that we have to get in. I think it's just going to be a progression. What they can get by midseason -- if we're in pretty good form by then -- I think we do have the pieces of the puzzle to do something."

"The first few games we're not going to have everything put in, but if everybody keeps learning at the pace we're learning right now, we've got a good shot at going pretty deep I think," senior Colton Goodlet said.

As the players learn a new playbook and coaching style, Danneman's acclimating himself to the West Platte tradition, and the team around him.

"There are still names I'm getting used to. There are days I don't even know what year they're in. Right now it really doesn't matter. We're a team, we're going to be one, and we're going to do what we have to to win some football games."

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