For the first time since 1974, Whitesboro football has a new head coach.
The Warriors have tabbed Curtis Schmidt, who previously served as the offensive coordinator, to take over for Tom Schoen. Schoen retired after last season following 45 years at the helm.
“To me, it’s just another year of coaching Whitesboro football, but with new responsibilities,” Schmidt said. “We’re excited as a group to move forward.”
Schmidt told WUTR that from the time he was a junior in high school, through his time at Springfield College, that he wanted to coach football for the Warriors.
“Everything worked out great,” he said. “It was a goal of mine from a young age and I’m happy to be where I’m at right now.”
Schmidt has an unyielding passion for Whitesboro.
“If you ask any of my kids what they’re favorite color is, they’re going to say blue,” he said. “If you ask them who they’re favorite team is, they’re going to say Whitesboro. I think growing up in this program allowed me to feel that way. There’s nothing like going out on the field at Chiz Frye on a Friday night with two or three thousand people cheering for you.”
Schmidt will be taking over a program that’s won three sectional titles in the last four years. This past season, Whitesboro was undefeated before falling to Carthage in the sectional semifinals.
“Our staff understands the importance of the pride and tradition,” he said. “We all know how to win. We’ve been part of this program for a long time, so our goals are not going to change.”
Whitesboro is set to open up the 2019 season on Sep. 7 with a road tilt against Proctor.