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Coaches Corner: Ron Wisniewski

Posted by on June 30, 2011 – 4:40 pm

Red Mountain football coach Ron Wisniewski enters his second go-round at the school. Despite a strong start and a victory at 5A Division II power Peoria Centennial last season, the Lions struggled against elite competition late in the season and fell to Mountain Pointe in the playoffs. Before a little vacation, Wisniewski talked about the season, speed and schedule.

Any early thoughts or impressions on what you’ve seen from spring ball?
We’re more athletic and faster, and much more inexperienced. We only return two from our front seven (on defense) and let’s call it 2-and-a-half veterans on the offensive line. We have to replace a lot with a new QB and every single skill position player is gone. I think we’re faster and more athletic than recent teams in the past, but again that experience factor will be just that.

Who will be your new QB with Aaron Eiseler and Clint Cogswell graduated?
It’s still kind of an open battle between (junior) Mason Thorman and JJ Biscoe who’s also a starting DB.  It’s going to be a learning curve either way but those are the two who are going to take the snaps in camp.

How about the RB position and a defense where a lot of experience was lost?
Every kid coming back in the backfield played last year (Cody Simioni, Cougar Garcia) so we’re solid there. I think we’re very good up front:  Bigger, been together longer, know what they’re doing.  The D-line took a hit there and some young kids have to step up, as well as LB.  The big question marks will be the front seven and youth getting up to speed.

What do you think of the new schedules?
We have two open games (Avondale Westview and Brophy) and did a 3-way deal with them going forward. Brophy and Westview are very good and hopefully we’re good. Every road game is a playoff team from last year and our home games have Desert Ridge and Brophy and that’s two of the best. Everyone talks about having no more Fiesta Region schedule, but the only difference is Hamilton isn’t on the schedule. It’s solid and no less competitive, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Any particular kids who’ve surprised you? Or is there a core group that’ll lead the youngens?
Marqus Brantley (transfer from Gilbert), Billy Freeman, guys like that. We’ve probably got 4 Div. I-college calibur guys and a couple others who have a chance. Viliami Koloamatangiat is also going to be a stud at offensive tackle.

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  • Jubilee says:

    Some better play calling would certainly help his teams chances at victory.

    With 3600+ students and undefeated freshmen feeder teams the last few years, this is a coach with absolutely no excuse.

  • RMFAITHFUL says:

    Too many arm chair quarterbacks. It’s really easy to pass judgement when you are not in the hot seat.

  • Football fan says:

    How off is RMFAITHFUL? Uh hello, I drive my son to practice all summer and pick him up every day. He leaves it on the field every practice in support and believe of the COACH and his VISION. I constantly give money to the program, constantly get asked to give more, raise more, ALL for the boys. Miss summer vacations, sweat to death at the games and continue to support the program and the Coaches. However, the coaches aren’t the ONLY people that sacrafice. The boys do as well. They give up so much to be a part of that team – which I support.

    SO NO it is NOT – definitely NOT arm chair quarterbacking to have an opinion on what can be approved. THis is the coaches job and he should expect and does expect – to be held accountable. So he better get it together as the offense is atrocious for the second game in a row. Great job coach putting all your eggs in one basket – Thorman isn’t it. How many times did he choke and then the first good ball from him when the receiver drops it, he shows up the receiver. Same old crap from Shepherd – why was he not booted last year when he broke the rules of the team. That is going to bite you as all the young men you are trying to lead – know the score. Billy is your only shot as Mr. Super offense from the college ranks – this stinks.

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