Prep football preview: Olivet Eagles

Prep football preview: Olivet Eagles


Prep football preview: Olivet Eagles


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Schedule, coach, roster

8/25 (Sat.) Maple Valley at Western Mich. U.


9/7 at Schoolcraft


9/21 at Parchment


10/5 at Battle Creek Pennfield

10/12 at Constantine



* Age: 58

* Playing experience: Potterville 1969-71

* Coaching experience: Olivet 1987-present

* Career record: 165-81

* Part-time job: Olivet health and physical education teacher

* Assistant coaches: Bob Burcaw, Brock Peters, Brandon Peters, Matt Rohde, Gabe Priddy, Larry Fisk, Brian Garrett, Chad Loveless, Matt Rabakon

no. name

2 Brett Whitely WR/C…sr.

3 Brandon Bowerman WR/SS…sr.

4 Trent Strang QB/FS…sr.

5 Rob Funk QB/C…jr.

6 Russell Pliley K…jr.

7 Drew Seume WR/C…sr.

9 Konner Fetterman WR/C…sr.

10 Joseph Barr WR/FS…jr.

11 Tyler Masters WR/C…jr.

12 Dylan Coolidge WR/C…jr.

20 Nick Coolidge RB/SS…sr.

21 Nate Paton RB/SS…sr.

23 Ryzer Zaremba WR/C…jr.

24 Devon Calero WR/C…sr.

25 Cody Frisbie WR/C…jr.

30 Jordan Sinclair TE/DE…jr.

32 Austin Visger RB/LB…sr.

40 Scott Cook TE/LB…sr.

42 Cash Flower RB/LB…sr.

44 Shane Loney RB/LB…jr.

50 Landen Vansyckle G/N…sr.

54 Brett Winchell G/N…sr.

55 Rayce McCulloch G/LB…jr.

58 Kyle Francisco G/E…sr.

60 Ric McKim T/E…sr.

64 Corey Huffman G/N…sr.

65 Austin Loyd G/N…jr.

66 Gary Bell G/N…sr.

67 Austin Bugbee T/N…jr.

70 Jarred Calkins T/N…jr.

71 Austin Smith T/N…jr.

72 Tanner Myers C/N…jr.

74 Jacob Vaughn G/N…jr.

75 Cory Frazier C/N…jr.

76 Caleb Sweet T/N…jr.

77 Todd Candelaria G/N…jr.

78 Don Kyre T/N…sr.

84 William Kramer TE/DE…jr.

85 Quintan Harris TE/DE…sr.

88/56 Chase McGill TE/LB…jr.

89 Ryan Tennant TE/DE…so.

Returning starters

5 on offense

6 on defense


Nick Coolidge, sr. TB

Austin Visger, sr. FB

Ric McKim, sr. OT

Tanner Myers, jr. C

Shane Loney, jr. RB


Trent Strang, sr. FS

Nick Coolidge, sr. SS

Austin Visger, sr. LB

Ric McKim, sr. DE

Don Kyre, sr. OT

Shane Loney, jr. LB


Todd Candelaria, jr. OT/DT

Dylan Coolidge, jr. RB/CB

Cory Frazier, jr. C/NT

Robbie Funk, jr. QB/CB

Tyler Masters, jr. CB/WR

Chase McGill, jr. LB/OL

Ryzer Zaremba, jr. WR/DB

Scott Cook, sr. LB

Nate Paton, sr. RB/DB

Brandon Bowerman, sr. DB/WR

Gary Bell, sr. C/NT

Kyle Francisco, sr. OG/DE

Corey Huffman, sr. OL/DL

Drew Sueme, sr. DB/WR

Jacob Slee, sr. TE/DE

Landen Vansyckle sr. OL/DL

Brett Winchell, sr. OL/DL



After winning 18 games in the past two years with playmakers at the skill positions, Olivet’s strength will be at the line of scrimmage. Senior lineman Don Kyre will lead the way in the trenches on both sides of the ball, before heading off to Mount Pleasant to play on the defensive line at Central Michigan next fall. Seniors Rick McKim and Tanner Myers are Olivet’s other returning starters on the offensive line at tackle and center, respectively.


The dominance of the offensive line should translate to the other side of the ball, where the defensive line and linebacking corps will be strong, according to Peters. “We should play good defense and be very physical,” he said. Visger, Loney, Scott Cook and Chase McGill will lead the deep and talented linebacking crew.


Olivet will make the transition from a balanced run/pass attack to a run-first mentality. Behind the line mentioned above, running backs Nick Coolidge and Shane Loney and fullback Austin Visger will carry the load with first-year quarterback Trent Strang.


Olivet has one of the most impressive football stadiums in the area, the only one with artificial turf, but the Eagles will play there just four times this season. After opening the season at Western Michigan University against Maple Valley, Olivet will face the four other Kalamazoo Valley Association teams that made the playoffs last year — all on the road. One of those away games will be at Constantine, last year’s Division 4 state runner-up. The home fans will likely be rewarded, however; the four opponents that Olivet will host had a combined record of 9-27 in 2011, including 0-9 Galesburg-Augusta.

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