Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cougars Regroup with New Coach, Younger Lineup

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cougars Regroup with New Coach, Younger Lineup

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Dave Steinbacher, the new football coach at Lutheran High of St. Charles County, learned a lot about his team in an informal meeting last spring.

"At that point, all I was to these kids was a name," Steinbacher recalled. "It was an opportunity to meet with the players and with their parents. And one of the first questions I got was, `How long are you going to be here?' These kids are looking for some stability and some continuity within the program. Hopefully I can help provide that."

Steinbacher is the Cougars' third head coach in as many years. He comes to St. Charles from Rockford (Ill.) Lutheran High. He coached football for nine years there, three as a head coach. "Our numbers aren't great - we only have 33 kids out - and we're young - half our players are freshmen - but we're approaching the season as a challenge, for the players as well as the coaching staff," said Steinbacher, whose teams posted records of 6-3, 7-3 and 4-5 at Rockford. "Our overall goal is to build a solid, successful program," the coach said. "At the same time, however, we're going to do everything we can to win this year. And we're also conscious of the fact that we're an extension of our school's mission to help these young men develop physically, mentally and spiritually. "Let's face it, 50 or 60 years from now, nobody's going to care if we had a winning football team." Steinbacher continued: "Our players are determined to do better than last year (when the Cougars were 2-7) and we're going to do everything we c an to make that happen. I'm really pleased with the attitude of our players. They're working hard and they're anxious to do well." Graduation hit the Cougars hard. Gone are record-setting quarterback Austin Bredow and his top receivers, Dustin Roasa and Andy Wehmeyer. But Steinbacher isn't concerned about that. "We haven't talked too much about the past," the coach said. "I wanted to come in with an open mind, so I haven't even looked at the film from last year. As a new coach, I wanted everybody to get a fresh start." The Cougars will rely heavily on their two seniors - tight end/defensive end Matt Beaty and center/linebacker Steve Stroud. "These guys have been in the program and they've paid their dues," Steinbacher said. "We're expecting a great deal of them." Junior Ryan Bredow will replace his brother at quarterback while juniors Eric Davis and Jonathan Liebich return at the running back spots. In addition to Beaty, the receiving corps features sophomores Kevin Trautwein, Josh Grams, Arron Moffat and Matt Hollrah. "Ideally, we'd like to be able to run the ball and control the clock," Steinbacher said. "But we'll do whatever we need to do to move the ball. In our scrimmage last week, Ryan threw the ball well and our receivers looked good. …

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