When Webberville begins a new era of football next season, Joel Emmons will lead them through it.
The school has picked the former Williamston and Pinckney assistant to be its head coach.
Emmons will be the man in charge as the school transitions into 8-man football.
“This has been a goal of mine for awhile,” Emmons said. “I have a lot of experience. I feel like I’m ready for it. “
Emmons, 35, will be asked to rebuild a program that was forced to cancel its varsity season last year due to a lack of numbers. The decline in participation forced a shift to 8-man football.
The school plans to stay in 8-man football for at least two seasons and have a nine-game schedule that includes a game against Portland St. Patrick.
“It was very disappointing when we had to cancel our varsity season last year but I am confident that we are now headed in the right direction,” said Webberville athletic director Andrew Smith.
Emmons already has the players focused on the season ahead. He has his team working out in the weight room, throwing the football around in the gym and discussing offensive strategy.
The new head coach will run the offense, although he has experience calling defensive plays, as well.
He is hoping to bring some points and excitement to the offense. He plans on running a pistol veer no huddle attack to take advantage of the new format.
“We definitely have some chance to score some points,” Emmons said. “I know the opportunity to score is a little higher in 8-man.”
As a Williamston resident who has coached for over 10 years, he knows what Webberville must do to recover from missing a season.
“There’s a lot of room for improvement, but there are some very good and athletic kids,” Emmons said. “I think they sky is the limit for us.”