It’s been over a year since our track & field, softball, baseball, and girls soccer teams have taken the field. Students are eager to begin spring sport practice on Monday, March 22 after missing an entire season in 2020 due to the pandemic.
First, a familiar face known in the PH soccer community is taking over our girls soccer program. Mike Colago, who has been our boys varsity soccer coach for two seasons is taking over the helm for our girls team as well. “Mike has been a strong leader for our boys and has met all our expectations during his two years of being the head boys soccer coach.” says 4th year AD, Kara Haskill, “Mike is a competitor and he just loves the game. I can’t wait to see how he leads the girls team.” Colago, head varsity coach and Middle School teacher at The Potter’s House had this to say about his new position, “Honestly, I couldn’t stay away from another soccer season for that long again and was excited to see the girls team open up! This is another opportunity for me to see some of my past students and a chance to get to know more high schoolers.” A few of the things he most looks forward to is ” I’m really excited to improve player ability and create a Christ-centered team and program among the girl’s team!
Robb Fynewever-Muyskens served as the pumas varsity baseball coach for two seasons before stepping down this past fall. AD Haskill says about Robb, “Robb was well respected by his players, he was an excellent role model and has been a part of our baseball program for many years, serving as an assistant to Coach Hoogstrate and others before taking over. We will miss having him around.”
After a local search, newcomer Scott Reilly has accepted the position and has already been hard at work. Reilly has over 17 years of coaching experience including stints at the YMCA, Little League as well as travel baseball. Originally, Coach Reilly did not anticipate going into High School coaching, he says “While I have been approached in the past, I never felt the right situation had come along. When I was approached for this opening, for the first time I felt both the time and situation was right. After some time and thought, research and much prayer, I was excited to accept the position.” Reilly has already been working out with the team 2-3 times per week preparing them for the season. “We are already on the path to some of our initial season goals! We have an energy and excitement growing within the program and our preseason workouts and conditioning are already yielding positive results. As a team, we will be going into each game mentally and physically more prepared than the other team. The goal will be to win the conference and go deep into the post season tournament. We want to have Potter’s House looked at as the leader in the conference year in and year out. The team was supported tremendously by the community this year, which enabled us to purchase some much-needed items. We want to pay this support forward to the community and will be dedicating a week of games that will be used to raise money (can drive, donations at games etc.) for a specific community need (more information will come out on this)” says Reilly. “I was immediately impressed with his energy.” Says Haskill of Reilly. “During the interview process he was full of ideas and already I have seen them being implemented. Scott will do a tremendous job of teaching the game and I believe the program will benefit from his hard work and dedication for many years.” Reilly went on to say, “As a player, I enjoyed success at Little League, High School and high end travel, but ultimately an injury my senior year detoured me from what I planned on (playing collegiate and beyond). While I thought nothing would be better than playing the game, I know now coaching and seeing others grow and succeed is better than anything I accomplished as a player.”