Newly hired Wayne football coach Scot Shaw met with his future players and then was formally introduced to the local media Monday.
“It was just getting to know each other,” Shaw said of his meeting with the Generals’ returning players. “I told them I wanted to use today for a familiarity type of thing, just get acquainted and set some goals, just some things we wanted to get accomplished before school was out and some over the summer. We just talked.”
Shaw, who previously coached at Three Rivers and Grandville high schools in Michigan for 25 years, stressed commitment and hard work to the Generals.
“I told them today that I won’t lie to them, and I expect that same thing back,” Shaw said. “If you are going to do something let’s follow through and do it. Each time we are together, we are going to build a little more trust and familiarity with each other.”
The Generals are coming off a 6-4 season, the program’s third winning season since 2000.
Robert Brown built the team from a 0-10 record three years ago. Brown left the team for personal reasons and moved to Indianapolis.
Shaw also met with the current assistants and would build his staff from those coaches because he wouldn’t bring any of his past ones in Michigan because of the distance.
His son, Kyle, is an assistant football coach and track coach at Mishawaka (Scot’s alma mater) but the younger Shaw will remain with the Cavemen.
Shaw said his only knowledge of the SAC was from his first coaching stop as an assistant at Concord in the early 1980s.
“I know there are teams in it who are very, very good,” Shaw said. I am sure it has changed since then.
“I told the kids we have three goals, win the conference, win the sectional and win the state championship. You have to start in that order.”