New Year Brings New Coaches


Ethan Andres, Co Editor

As Belvidere High School’s 2018-19 school year has begun, a new wave of head coaches have arrived. Sports include Girls’ and Boys’ Cross Country, Girls’ Volleyball, Girls’ Golf, Boys’ Basketball, and Wrestling.

Girls’ Cross Country brings in John Deery. A new English teacher at BHS, he is excited to be here.

“I love the environment,” he said, “the appreciative attitude, awesome parents, students, and the Cross Country runners,” Deery said.

The Boys’ team has hired Rob Salley, who is an elementary school in the district. There are only seven guys, but Salley has confidence in his squad.

“Nick Fiore is our top runner, followed by Daniel Golonka, with Dane Jankiewicz, Jonathon Allen, and Owin Hunter rounding out the top 5,” Salley said.

Girls’ Volleyball welcomes in Andy Kownacki, who replaces Kayla Heller. He wants his Lady Bucs to keep training hard, execute the game plans based on scouting reports, and limit their own unforced errors. As he leads a NIC-10 school in volleyball, he has his goals and expectations set.

“My overall goal is to finish middle of conference,” Kownacki said. “That was my goal at the beginning of the year, and hasn’t changed.”

Girls’ Golf Co-op has hired Belvidere North Teacher Michaela Binz. Even with just seven lady golfers from both schools combined, Binz likes some things she sees from them.

“With the girls’ hard work, consistency, and practice during now and the off-season, I guarantee that we will be successful in the seasons to come!” Binz said.

Looking forward to winter, Boys’ Basketball brings in BHS Special-Education teacher Brian Koehne, who has most recently coached at the college level at University of St. Francis. He replaces Aaron Pearson, who coached Belvidere the past 11 seasons and won two regional championships and a conference title. Belvidere’s team will likely be senior-heavy this year, as they had nine juniors on varsity a season ago.

“The seniors can be leaders and set positive examples,” Koehne said.

Speaking of winter, wrestling has hit the reset button as they have gone co-op with Belvidere North and have a brand new coach: Dalton Bullard. Bullard was a wrestler at BHS himself and holds their record for the most wins in a season with 44. He replaces Dan McNames, who has coached the Bucs in wrestling for the past 18 seasons. McNames was also Bullard’s coach for all four years he wrestled for Belvidere.