Kerker & Coach Podcast

Kerker & Coach Podcast – Ep. 11: Rochester’s Derek Leonard

  Derek Leonard’s future is one of the most speculated upon topics in the local sports community. For our final Kerker & Coach Podcast of the season, we cut through the noise and ask directly

Kerker & Coach Podcast – Ep. 10: Jacksonville’s Mark Grounds

Jacksonville head coach Mark Grounds is an old school dude who’s used a new school system to establish consistent success for the Crimsons over the last 16 seasons. If you listen closely enough, you’ll hear

Kerker & Coach Podcast – Ep. 9: New Berlin’s Trevor Compardo

  There probably isn’t a team in the Springfield area that’s grown more from Week 1 to Week 9 than the New Berlin Pretzels. Trevor Compardo’s era opened with a 70-7 Week 1 loss

Kerker & Coach Podcast – Ep. 8: Auburn’s Dave Bates

  It’s hard to imagine that there’s been a more influential character in the story of Auburn, Illinois than football head coach Dave Bates. He grew up there, led the program to their first

Kerker & Coach Podcast Ep. 7: SHG’s Ken Leonard

  When you’ve been a head coach for 37 years and you’ve got 36 winning seasons during that time, it’s safe to say you’re doing something right. SHG’s Ken Leonard has become one of the

Kerker & Coach Podcast Ep. 6: Maroa-Forsyth’s Josh Jostes

  Over the past 16 1/2 seasons, Josh Jostes has created a program that has in many ways become the standard bearer for small school football in central Illinois. Maroa-Forsyth has won two state

Kerker & Coach Podcast – Ep. 5: Athens’ Ryan Knox

There are few finer examples of a program that has marched from infancy to high level relevancy in short order than the Athens football program. Ryan Knox has been the most consistent pillar of

Kerker & Coach Podcast – Ep. 4: North Mac’s Shane Owsley

    North Mac head coach Shane Owsley led one of the most exciting and unexpected turnarounds that any program in the state saw a season ago. In his first year on the job, Owsley

Kerker & Coach Podcast Ep. 3: Southeast’s Matt Lauber

  Southeast football has forced its way into the conversation in the past two and a half years. The program’s growth correlates directly with Matt Lauber’s arrival in Springfield. For this week’s Kerker & Coach

Kerker & Coach Podcast – Ep. 2: Glenwood’s David Hay

  For Episode 2 of Kerker & Coach, we visit with first year Glenwood head coach David Hay who explains why he was willing to “stand in line” for this job and why that wait

Kerker & Coach Podcast – Ep 1: Williamsville’s Aaron Kunz

  For Episode 1 of the Kerker and Coach Podcast, we sit down with Williamsville head coach Aaron Kunz to talk about the evolution of a standard at a top tier program, his memories