Will Kriesky doesn’t have to look far when he has a question on how to handle a situation on or off the field as a first-year high school football coach.
A close confidant is down the street in his Murfreesboro neighborhood.
Kriesky kicks off his inaugural season as Riverdale’s fifth coach in school history Saturday against Ooltewah at MTSU in the Middle Tennessee Football Classic. Brother Matt Kriesky — his identical twin — also is entering his first season at Centennial after compiling a 17-6 record in two years at Forrest.
Matt opens his first season Friday at Franklin in the Battle of Franklin. He will be coaching against Donnie Webb, who was his former high school coach at Henry County. It’s a story line that Webb will carry into the next week when Franklin travels to Riverdale.
“They were undersized linebackers for me,” Webb said. “But they played hard. And that’s what they are going to do. They are going to work hard.”
That foundation of hard work and love of football was laid in Paris, where they got an inside look at the sport as sons of a football coach. They were ball boys on Friday nights, taking turns running footballs on and off the field while their father, Rick, was an assistant on Henry County’s staff.
The two brothers, now 34, grew up around the Patriots’ program.
“During the football season, we spent a lot of hours on the football field,” Will said. “In Henry County, football was a passion. The town loves football.
“I thought I was the cool kid because my dad coached football. When he was there, my brother and I wanted to be there. Football is the king of the town.”
The Krieskys graduated from Henry County in 2001.
Matt said that time of growing up around the sport solidified his desire to be a teacher and coach.
“I knew I was going to be a high school football coach,” Matt said. “It’s what I dreamed about when I was a ball boy.”
The two brothers speak often. They take turns bringing their children over for play days. And during their play time, the two coaches normally begin to chat about football.
“When we get together we’re going to watch football and we’re going to talk about it,” Matt said. “I think (our spouses) are used to it by now. They know that we love it. We love being around the kids, and love the game.”
But that doesn’t mean their wives don’t sometimes ask them to talk about the game quietly.
“Our wives will look at us and say, ‘No, that’s your coach’s voice, cut it off,’” Will said. “We’re kind of loud and we’ll use our coaching voice at the house.
“Sometimes (our wives) are looking at us and shaking their heads and wondering if it’s ever going to shut off. Usually it doesn’t.”
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