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Dear Mustang Football Families,

We are now, officially, on the road to an exciting 2020 Season! There is a new energy on campus, in the classroom and in the weight room as the Mustang Football program makes another run at an Idaho State Championship! As we pursue this goal, we all understand that winning is a byproduct of creating a football family which involves a rewarding and fun experience for football players at Eagle High School.

I’m excited to announce Mike Virden has joined our staff (Offensive Coordinator). Mike coached at Meridian for many years and, most recently, was on the staff at Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas. Mike’s daughter graduated from Eagle and Mike’s wife, Micki, teaches here. Rob Rathbun is back as the Mustang Defensive Coordinator and Strength/Conditioning coach. Kevin Plew returns to Eagle as Director of Football Operations. Among many other things, Kevin will be overseeing fundraising for the Mustangs. Tom Cota, the best equipment manager in high school football, returns for another season as well. Tom and Kevin are instrumental in making it easier for coaches at Eagle to focus on making football a great experience for Mustang players.

The Mustang coaching staff and I are in a continual education process. Every day, we are striving to be better at teaching solid football fundamentals while creating a positive football experience for our athletes. We will be demanding. However, we will not be demeaning. Our kids will feel safe at practice. They will feel safe to make mistakes and safe to learn at a high level. We are coaching big, strong, talented athletes who can be fragile at times. We will treat these fragile moments with the love and respect that our athletes deserve.

Being a Mustang isn’t always easy. To play and compete at this level requires commitment and hard work! That commitment starts right now with time in the weight room. Hard work will ALWAYS pay off! It may not be on Friday nights in Thunder Stadium. Hard work may pay off when you’re in college or when you’re supporting a family. But it will always pay off.

Players who commit to be a Mustang can always expect to learn solid football fundamentals. They can also expect to be part of a family or brotherhood and create relationships that can last for a lifetime. As we develop kids as football players, they can also expect to be treated with kindness and respect.

Most importantly…I need to know if a player isn’t having a good experience. My door is ALWAYS wide open. If there is a problem, please call me, email me or come see me. We can sit down together and find a way to improve a player’s experience with the Eagle Football program. I can’t fix something I don’t know about. Please let me know what I can do to improve a player’s time with Eagle Football.

I am excited about our coaching staff, the commitment of our players and the positive, enthusiastic attitude of everyone as we head toward the 2020 Season. When we communicate and work together, I know we will have a great season!

One Way! Eagle Way!

Go Mustangs!

Coach Hartz