MANLIUS – Joe Schmitt always thought highly of Bureau Valley Storm football, growing up down the road and coaching nearby. Now he’s going to be running the Storm ship.
Schmitt, a 1998 graduate of Annawan High School and assistant coach for Annawan/Wethersfield, has been named as the new head football coach for the Storm. It will be his first head coaching job after six seasons as an assistant for A/W and previous stint at Aurora University, where he played.
“Being born and raised in Annawan, I think we have a lot of the same types of kids,” he said. “Kids from farming and agriculture backgrounds, hard-working kids, that excited me. Bureau Valley has a rich history in football. The communities are fantastic communities. All those things put together made for an exceptional opportunity.”
The new BV coach said Storm fans can expect to see a disciplined football team.
“Our kids will give a championship effort socially, academically and athletically. They’ll play hard for four quarters,” he said. “Those are the goals to instill in our student athletes. Immediately, we need to be disciplined to put forth the necessary effort in all three categories to ultimately have the success I want to have.”
While he’s a run-oriented kind of guy, Schmitt said he’s a big believer in taking what the defense is giving you.
“If that means a team’s playing exceptionally loose defense, and we can throw the ball short, complete short and move the ball that way. If they don’t have numbers in the box, and we can run the ball down the other team’s throat, we’ll do that,” he said.
Schmitt wants his team to play aggressively on defense.
“Our kids will fly to the ball, will tackle, and play hard and will have positive body language,” he said.
Most of all, Schmitt wants his team to “have fun and play with energy.”
Schmitt wants to let his new team to be ready to “Bolt up” and be ready to play.
“I’m really looking forward to meeting the kids and other coaches and really excited to get after it,” he said.
Schmitt succeeds former BV coach Spencer Davis, who resigned after three seasons. He becomes the seventh head coach in school history.