By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
Jeremy Breshears can’t necessarily say he’s getting a promotion as Kremlin-Hillsdale’s new head football coach.
After all, as the school’s principal since the fall of 2012, he’s been the “head coach’’ all along.
“It’s not any more responsibility than I’m used to,’’ said Breshears. “At a small school, everybody does a good job of pitching in on what needs to be done. All the work has to be done with fewer people. You have to wear a lot of hats.’’
Breshears replaces Terry Fettke, who was 2-18 the last two years. Breshears declined to say why Fettke was not returning.
Breshears was Fettke’s assistant for the last two years. He was an assistant under Mike Felder at Waukomis for five years before that.
“Coach Felder and coach Fettke did a good job of letting me coach with them,’’ Breshears said. “I always had an input in the decision making. I will do the same things with my assistants. Coaching is a team effort where it takes everybody working together.’’
Breshears has hired ex-Timberlake lineman Tyler Severin, the son of Tigers coach Brian, as an assistant. Jim Harris and James Craig will return as volunteer assistants.
Breshears is a 1997 graduate of Fairview High School where he played under Lyle Welsh, one of the few coaches to win both an 8-man and an 11-man championship.
“I’ve been around the game for a while,’’ he said.
He has a bachelors degree from Oklahoma State University in agricultural economics and a masters degree from Southern Nazarene University.
He was the agricultural teacher at Pawhuska High School for two years before becoming a manager of a co-op for a year before returning to teaching at Waukomis.
He taught math his first year at Kremlin-Hillsdale before being promoted to principal.
Breshears sees himself as a cross between a players coach and a strict disciplinarian.
“I try to be consistent,’’ he said about his coaching personality. “Coming from the principal’s side, you want the kids to have fun playing the game. At the same time, you do need structure. Coaching is teaching. Hopefully, the kids learn structure while they’re having fun and enjoying the game.’’
He said coaching is “35 percent teaching the kids and 65 percent motivating the kids.’’
“I’ve gotten a lot of experience in the extracurricular activity stuff,’’ he said. “I’m excited about this. I’m looking forward to a good season.’’
Breshears called himself “a football guy who is going to do whatever I think has to be done for us to be successful ... you coach to your players’ abilities.’’
Still, look for him to be more run than pass. He jokes that three things can happen when you pass and two are bad.’’
“But you do have to pass some in 8-man,’’ Breshears said. “I won’t go as far as coach (Mike) Gundy at OSU. We’ll run more of an offense like Alabama’s.’’
The Broncs haven’t had a winning season since winning the state Class C championship with a 13-1 record in 2000. The only non-losing season since then was a 5-5 mark in 2009 under coach Brent Hendrix.
“Every year is a new year,’’ said Breshears.
The Broncs broke a 23-game losing streak by beating Prue 46-18 in the fourth week of the season last fall. They beat Claremore Christian 42-22 the next week.
Kremlin-Hillsdale ended the season with five straight loses, the closest game being a 48-30 loss to Timberlake.
The Broncs were outscored 413-188.
Breashears feels he has a good foundation in seniors Lee Olmstead at center and tight end-linebacker Chantz Tucker.
“They will do a good job leadership wise,’’ he said.
He looks for underclassmen such as backs J.J. Stubblefield and Andre Lizar, fullback Kass Bittle, wide receiver Hayden Bonine and linemen Jacob Pekrul, Austin Brewer, Antwon Lizar, Blake Bowers and Zane Maner to make contributions.
“We got some pretty decent numbers, but we’re awfully young,’’ Breshears said. “They have some football sense and I think it will start paying off.’’
The Broncs have had summer pride weightlifting on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 6 to 9 a.m. He said “we had a quite a few kids show up.’’