Clopton-Elsberry gets new football coaches for upcoming 2013 season
By Shane Rice
The Clopton-Elsberry IndianHawks football team has its third head coach in three years and two new assistant coaches to start the 2013 season.
The new leaders are Head Coach Mike Scheibel, Assistant Coach Cody McCann and Assistant Coach Aaron Johnson.
Scheibel replaces Lynn Nutt, who resigned in the spring to take a coaching job with William Jewell College. Nutt had replaced program-builder Adam Falloon, who resigned just before the start of the 2012 season to become athletic director at Montgomery County.
Scheibel, originally from Highland, Ill, played D-I football at Eastern Illinois University. He was looking for a head coaching position for quite some time, so when the opportunity arose at Clopton he took it.
“I come from a family of players,” said Scheibel. “My brother was a D-III linebacker and I’ve just always loved the game.”
His desire to become a coach derived from being surrounded by great coaches throughout his school and adult years.
“One of my coaches from my freshmen year at eastern (Mark Hutson) is now the tight ends coach for the Oakland Raiders,” said Scheibel. “I’ve always been around people that are into coaching and it’s just something I’ve always wanted to be involved with.”
Scheibel said he has a different approach when dealing with his players, not only in their leadership but in their style of play as well.
One of the first things he did was allow his team to appoint four captains, which he utilizes when other players aren’t doing what they should.
“I don’t let them handle the severe stuff, that is my job. But if we have a player who is not showing up for practice or not putting his all into the team, I will consult with them and get their opinion on what should be done.
“However, the ultimate decision is up to me and my staff,” Scheibel said. “I believe doing this will make our team closer and work harder as a group.”
McCann grew up in Bowling Green, so for him the change wasn’t difficult. After graduating from Bowling Green High School, where he played football, he went on to play at Central Methodist University.
“I played there for three years,” said McCann. “I wasn’t able to play my senior year due to some concussion issues.”
After Central Methodist, McCann went on to teach at Centralia, which is a huge football community.
“That is something I really liked about them and actually made me want to coach,” said McCann.
After a little bit of time, he and his wife moved back to the area, where he applied for his current position.
Johnson, who is originally from Iowa, played high school football for only two years. He said his main sport was always track, but he loved sports, especially football.
After getting his teaching degree from the University of Northern Iowa, he went on to teach at Tri-County High School, where he coached eight-man football for the next three years.
Most of his football knowledge comes from his years at Tri-County, where he said they already had a great program in place.
Johnson moved to Elsberry about one year ago with his wife, Sierra Johnson, daughter of Jay and Sally Herring, all of Elsberry.
“In the three years I coached at Tri-County, we only lost three regular season games,” explained Johnson. “I’m not an aggressive coach, but I am a lead- by-example coach.”
Johnson will be responsible for wide receivers and defensive backs for the varsity team. He will also be the head coach for the JV IndianHawks, as well as the offensive coach.