Greg Medeck, an assistant defensive football coach at Central Lakes College the past two seasons, was named the new Raiders head coach last week, taking over for two-time state coach of the year Lowell Scearcy.
According to CLC athletic director Jane Peterson, former Raiders coach Dennis Eastman, who has been on sabbatical the past two years, is scheduled to return to CLC next fall. Eastman will be an assistant football coach and the head women's basketball coach.
In his two seasons as head coach, Scearcy took a program that hadn't experienced a winning season in six years and guided the Raiders to 5-4 and 6-3 records.
Medeck, 28, and his wife Allison, have a 9-month-old son. He has a bachelor's degree in physical education with an emphasis in sports management and is working on his master's degree in sports management.
Greg Medeck was a linebacker
Medeck played two years at CLC as a linebacker, two years at St. Olaf College and two with the semi-professional St. Cloud Thunderbirds. This will be Medeck's first head coaching job.
I sat down with Medeck and talked with him about becoming CLC's 11th head football coach since 1947.
Q. Will assistant coaches Lowell Scearcy, Jim Strohmeier, and Jim Gogolin return?
A. I hope to retain as many of the assistants as possible. The first thing I did was ask if Lowell would come back. He gave me an indication that he would consider it.
Lowell has a tremendous amount of knowledge and I consider him my mentor. I've learned a lot from him and I told him that I still have a lot to learn from him.
Q. How do you plan to continue the improvement of the past two years?
A. The biggest key is retention of the players from this year's squad. Any time you're playing with second-year players you have an advantage.
We've had a great couple of years and have seen progress. We want to take that next step. That could be seven or eight wins or the playoffs. But above all we want to field a team of good student-athletes where class and their education is the priority.
Q. How will you sell CLC football to area high school football coaches and players?
A. We fit the mold for a variety of students. Whether they don't want to go to a big school or they're not there athletically but want an opportunity to continue playing football.
I think it's important to develop a rapport with area coaches so we'll be able to recruit from those same schools year after year. I want the coaches to know what we're about so they can recommend us to their athletes.
Q. One way I'd describe your coaching style is fiery. Is that a fair assessment?
A. I do like to bring some fire to the sidelines. I believe that a team is a reflection of their coach's attitude and personality so I hope to bring enthusiasm and excitement to this team, the program and the school.
Q. CLC led the Southern Division in rushing last year. Do you foresee any offensive changes?
A. Coach Scearcy implemented a run-first, ball-control offense and it's a great philosophy. It won games for us and our defense wasn't put in bad situations. Balance is also very important on offense.
Q. You're a defensive-minded coach. Will you make any changes there?
A. Scheme-wise, Lowell is a master on the defensive side and he's put in a very good defense over the years. I don't see us changing too much on defense because it's been very successful for us.
Q. Being as young as you are, will CLC be a stepping stone for you to move on in your coaching career?
A. My wife and I are looking to buy a house in Brainerd and settle in here. I don't have the desire to be on the field wondering if I don't win this game will I keep my job. We'd be very happy staying here for a long, long time.
TROY GUNDERSON, sports writer, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 855-5865.
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