At the conclusion of Tuesday's football practice at Dallas Lutheran, the team huddled around new head coach John Bronkhorst for the typical post-practice meeting.
Surrounded by his entire team -- around 30 players -- Bronkhorst continued to lay the foundation for his new program: a family atmosphere.
“The thing that he has stressed since the first day of football is team unity and family,” senior offensive lineman and linebacker Sean Kincade said. “The only way to reach our goal of being a state championship team is to come together, play together and win together.”
That connection has been successful, Bronkhorst said, and has been key in teaching his team a completely new offense and defense.
Bronkhorst is modernizing the offense, bringing in the no-huddle, spread formation to replace the option-based offense Lutheran ran last year. The change has brought a new excitement to the program, which looks for the Lions to put up more points this year, Bronkhorst said.
The spread will also fit the small, speedy Lutheran squad better than a power running game.
However, forming this football family opens up doors for Bronkhorst and his coaching staff to teach more important lessons to his players than slants and splits.
“It gives us more opportunity to more one-on-one style coaching and it gives us a better opportunity to reach those kids and play a bigger part in their lives,” Bronkhorst said.