LITTLE CHUTE (WLUK) -- Sometimes change can be tough, but maybe not this season for Little Chute.
After six years as head coach Brian Ryczkowski has moved on to Ashwaubenon and in his place is his former assistant, Ted Evers, likely making the transition to a new coach easier.
What won't be easy, though, is matching Ryczkowski's success. In his six seasons, Little Chute reached a state title game and twice reached Level 4 of the playoffs (semifinals), including last season.
The returning players, however, are up to the challenge because their new coach is someone they know.
"Definitely a benefit to us and benefit the team to know what coach Evers expects," said junior fullback/linebacker Ryan Verstegen said. "We know know how to work hard and we know how to word for him. We know what he wants so I think that helps us.
"Not much has changed. We know what he wants, what he expects."
"Definitely a change, definitely something on the offensive side," said senior lineman Nate Hietpas. "Overall, the tradition and just the way things flow is very the same. Coach Evers is a great coach and I like him a lot."
Last season, Little Chute won its first 12 games before falling to St. Croix Central in Level 4. The Mustangs have to replace 19 seniors from last year's team but they know whoever is on the field, winning is expected.
"We're talented, but we're very young," said Evers, who was the head coach at Freedom from 2008-09. "We don't have a lot of kids who have played varsity football. We have some in some key spots, but our biggest challenge right now is going to be our youth and our inexperience.
"Our standard is pretty high here, so we hope to to continue that. Obviously, Brian did a great job of building a program up and if we can just keep that rolling, that'll be good."
Evers has been on the sideline for Little Chute during the recent success, so Verstegen knows his coach can deliver.
"I think the team from last year returning, we know how to win football games," Verstegen said. "I think this coaching staff knows how to win football games."
LITTLE CHUTE SCHEDULE
Aug 23: at Marinette
Aug 30: Oconto Falls
Sep 6: at Clintonville
Sep 13: Fox Valley Lutheran
Sep 20: at Waupaca
Sep 27: Wrightstown
Oct 4: at Freedom
Oct 11: at Luxemburg-Casco
Oct 18: Denmark
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