Steinbrecher, Woodward like Seward's athleticism

Posted: Friday, August 20, 2004

The Seward football program will be led this year by a mix of the old and new.

Roger Steinbrecher and Mark Woodward will be co-coaches for the team this year. Steinbrecher has been an assistant coach with the team since the program started 10 years ago.

Woodward just relocated to the Seward area in August. He grew up in Nebraska and played high school football. He had been living in Fairbanks, but wanted to get into coaching football. He decided Seward is the place to be.

"I've heard lots of good things about Seward," Woodward said. "It's such a beautiful town and being from the Midwest I've always dreamed of living on the ocean.

"Last weekend I was down here finding a place to stay. I saw the stadium, with the mountains surrounding it, and I was in awe."

Scenery is not the only reason Woodward came to Seward. He's also heard good things about the football program, which had a string to two straight years of small-schools playoff appearances snapped last year. Seward finished fourth in the Great Land Conference with a 3-3 record. The Seahawks were 3-5 overall.

"I'm excited," Woodward said. "We have the athletes here."

Seward traditionally has started slowly and then gained steam as more and more players join the team.

This year, Seward's program has 30 players. Steinbrecher said the Seahawks would be starting out the year without some key players.

Woodward is excited by the potential junior quarterback Coty Beck brings to the team. Beck completed 61 of 113 passes last year for 691 yards. He easily led the peninsula in completions, attempts and yards. His weakness was interceptions. He threw 13 balls away to lead the peninsula in that category, too.

Senior Charlie Rininger will be Beck's top returning target. Rininger caught eight balls for 136 yards last season. Junior Isaac Swiderski also caught three balls for 27 yards last season for the Seahawks. Another receiver will be senior Ryan Dieckgraeff.

Beck will be handing the ball off to junior running backs Jake Wilder and Jason Weber and sophomore running back Nathan Kingsland. Wilder ran five times for 51 yards last season.

Key players on the line for Seward will be seniors Charles Logan and Joel Grimes and juniors James Aase and Caleb Adelmann.

"For our size town and school, we probably have a pretty good ball team," Steinbrecher said. "We're going to be a little thin at the beginning of the season and we have some experienced people who won't be in the first few games. But the unit we have is pretty athletic."

Steinbrecher also wanted to thank Dale Butts for helping out as an assistant coach. The Seahawks only get two paid coaching positions, so Butts is working for free.

Steinbrecher, Woodward like Seward's athleticism

By JEFF HELMINIAK

Peninsula Clarion

The Seward football program will be led this year by a mix of the old and new.

Roger Steinbrecher and Mark Woodward will be co-coaches for the team this year. Steinbrecher has been an assistant coach with the team since the program started 10 years ago.

Woodward just relocated to the Seward area in August. He grew up in Nebraska and played high school football. He had been living in Fairbanks, but wanted to get into coaching football. He decided Seward is the place to be.

"I've heard lots of good things about Seward," Woodward said. "It's such a beautiful town and being from the Midwest I've always dreamed of living on the ocean.

"Last weekend I was down here finding a place to stay. I saw the stadium, with the mountains surrounding it, and I was in awe."

Scenery is not the only reason Woodward came to Seward. He's also heard good things about the football program, which had a string to two straight years of small-schools playoff appearances snapped last year. Seward finished fourth in the Great Land Conference with a 3-3 record. The Seahawks were 3-5 overall.

"I'm excited," Woodward said. "We have the athletes here."

Seward traditionally has started slowly and then gained steam as more and more players join the team.

This year, Seward's program has 30 players. Steinbrecher said the Seahawks would be starting out the year without some key players.

Woodward is excited by the potential junior quarterback Coty Beck brings to the team. Beck completed 61 of 113 passes last year for 691 yards. He easily led the peninsula in completions, attempts and yards. His weakness was interceptions. He threw 13 balls away to lead the peninsula in that category, too.

Senior Charlie Rininger will be Beck's top returning target. Rininger caught eight balls for 136 yards last season. Junior Isaac Swiderski also caught three balls for 27 yards last season for the Seahawks. Another receiver will be senior Ryan Dieckgraeff.

Beck will be handing the ball off to junior running backs Jake Wilder and Jason Weber and sophomore running back Nathan Kingsland. Wilder ran five times for 51 yards last season.

Key players on the line for Seward will be seniors Charles Logan and Joel Grimes and juniors James Aase and Caleb Adelmann.

"For our size town and school, we probably have a pretty good ball team," Steinbrecher said. "We're going to be a little thin at the beginning of the season and we have some experienced people who won't be in the first few games. But the unit we have is pretty athletic."

Steinbrecher also wanted to thank Dale Butts for helping out as an assistant coach. The Seahawks only get two paid coaching positions, so Butts is working for free.



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