(MAYSVILLE, Mo.) After winning just five games in the last two seasons, Maysville is in need of a spark. Mark Cole's hoping to provide it.
It's a homecoming for Cole, a 1996 graduate of Maysville High School, and he's right where he wants to be.
"The community has embraced me, and part of that is because they know me. I grew up here. This community is all I know, all I love and I'm part of it."
Despite the recent struggles for the Wolverines, it wasn't that long ago that Cole was a part of the school's success as a player -- including a playoff appearance in 1992.
"There were a lot of good memories for me when I was a young kid, even just watching on the sideline. Maysville football's been about very tough, physical kids who play hard and hit you. Even if you beat them you are going to know that you were in a tussle, and that's kind of the attitude we're trying to bring back."
Cole spent six years at Gallatin before moving on to Savannah. In four seasons he turned the Savage program around winning 36 games in four years, but stepped down in January of 2012.
His new club is hoping to duplicate that previous success.
"We obviously are in the same situation, and if he can do something like that with a team like Savannah, I don't see why he couldn't do it with us," Maysville's senior center Ron Stallbories said.
"I would say the biggest similarity is the hunger," Cole said looking back on former teams. "Lee McFadden, Travis Partridge and all those kids at Savannah when I took over there, they were so hungry to win and be successful that they bought into anything that I told them. This group of seniors here, and the juniors as well, they want success so bad they can taste it."
Now that he's back where it all started, Cole hopes to lead Maysville back to its first district title since 2007.
"If I'm able to do what I've done at those two places here -- I don't know. What could be better than that? I would think that my career would be pretty full at that point in time."