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Lincoln-Way West Football Preview: Climbing the Coaching Ladder

Find out how Lincoln-Way West Warriors head coach Dave Ernst went from an offensive coordinator to his current position, and watch a video preview of the team.

In the working world, some people are presented with two options: to either stay where they are within their cozy surroundings or take a chance and make a leap into uncharted territory. Dave Ernst got the opportunity to take a leap.

After being the offensive coordinator at from 1995-2000, from 2002-2007 and from 2008-2011, Dave Ernst finally got the chance to take the position of head coach for the Warriors coming into the 2012 season after coach Mark VanderKooi became an athletic director. 

"It was one of those things when Mark got the job, I thought being a head coach would be fun," Ernst said. However, being a head coach isn't always 'fun,' the position comes with many responsibilities that an offensive coordinator does not have.

"There’s so many little things that you have to deal with from making sure the kids know where we have to stretch at to making sure that the locker room is cleaned up," Ernst said. "All of those little things on top of logistical things and setting up buses. So the workload almost doubles."

When people go from one job to another higher up - others may look at them in a different light. Ernst plans on being the same person regardless of his football promotion. 

"I hope I haven’t changed as far as the players are concerned or the other guys around me," Ernst said.

In Ernst's first game as a head coach, Lincoln-Way West will travel to play Sycamore on August 24. He's most looking forward to working with the staff and players. "It is a great group of people that we have here," Ernst said.

Christine August 13, 2012 at 01:54 PM
The best man for the job!!

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