Bob Angstadt, who has been around Voorhees athletics for almost 20 years and is a former wrestling head coach, moves up from the assistant ranks. Here is a look at why Angstadt believes the time is right for the program to get back on a winning track:
Q. You are making a drastic switch in offensive schemes and leaving behind the spread. Why?
A. We’ve got the best of both worlds with three senior running backs who are all captains, and with our quarterback and four returning wide receivers. We feel that we have a passing game to complement the running game. Where we didn’t put up a lot of points last year, now we have balance to attack the entire field. I feel like all high school football should start with the running game.
Q. What do you like from senior running back Josh Hausler?
A. Josh is a true leader and a gym rat, he throws around weight like a madman. He has dedicated himself to football for the last 18 months. I think this is his year to shine. He was kind of in the mix last year but we didn’t have an offense that would allow a running back to be the man.
Q. Voorhees has had eight straight losing seasons, including three straight 2-8 finishes. How do you go about changing that trend?
A. I feel like my coaching staff and I have a great relationship with the kids. They’ve really dedicated themselves — three of them showed up in the weight room the Monday after school ended in June. I’ve been there since 1998 and I’ve been the defensive coordinator since 2003. I’m all in. I’ve asked them to be all in. The kids want to be successful and they think they have what it takes. We’re all kind of reborn.
Q. You finished last season by ending a four-game losing streak in the Milk Can series with North Hunterdon. What did that do for confidence?
A. We basically took that into the offseason as our momentum. The kids look at that as our Super Bowl. We told them beforehand, ‘It’s a one-game season.’ Our game plan now is saying that we have 10 opportunities to do what we did then. We need to step up, take it and run with it. We showed against a pretty good North team that we can play two halves of football, which was a problem for us last year.
Q. You have returning starters littered throughout both sides of the ball. Is that reason for even more optimism than usual at the start of the season?
A. I think we could’ve won football games last season but we didn’t have the killer instinct. That’s a big part of football. Obviously, you need talent, but you also need will and want-to. I absolutely think we have that this year.