KEZI Two-A-Days: Willamette Wolverines

The Wolverines enter 2021 with a new coach, but one who knows how to build a program into a winner.

Posted: Aug 25, 2021 11:43 PM
Updated: Aug 25, 2021 11:46 PM

Eugene, Ore. -- "What we have right now is we have a bunch of young men who really want to work their fannies off," says head coach Kevin Leonard.

Sounds like the perfect type of team for head coach Kevin Leonard. 

"We want to win the fourth quarter and we can't do that if we're A, not in shape, but B, we don't have the discipline to make those plays happen."

Leonard spent five seasons at South Eugene before taking some time between head coaching jobs. But his players already see a difference in his program building approach.

"Coach Leonard preaches on discipline," says senior Ryan Drain. "If we don't clap at the same time, you'll probably see us do 20 push-ups."

Leonard is taking over a Wolverine team that went 4-2 last season. The next step is to close the gap against some of the better teams in the Willamette Valley. 

"The kids have all bought in," Leonard explains. "They ask a lot of questions because I'm a question guy. Now what we have to do is establish a work ethic every day, not every now and then, and the kids are working really hard and doing that altogether."

According to the senior leaders, this team is on the verge of doing something special.

"I hope we win every game," Drain mentions. "I think we can. But if anything, I want it to be more about the family and culture. I want that vibe to stay around the team forever.'"

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