Newaygo Names New Football Coach
The Lions will be led on the sidelines by a veteran head coach whose resume includes 5 straight playoff appearances according to the information sent out Monday by the school:
Newaygo High School is excited to announce the hiring of Head Football Coach Scott Van Essen. Coach Van Essen was at Kenowa Hills High School as the head football coach since 2003 and will bring an extensive amount of knowledge and excitement to our football program and Newaygo Public Schools. Coach Van Essen will also serve as the Athletic Director.
“I am very excited about the opportunity to be a part of Newaygo Public Schools and more specifically Newaygo Football and Newaygo Athletics. I am looking forward to working with the students, staff, and community in Newaygo and...
...working to continue to grow the athletic programs. There are a lot of great people at NPS and in the community, and I am excited to be a part of something special. As far as football goes, we will look to get started right away and continue to build on the strong football tradition that Newaygo has already built. I am looking forward to being a Lion.” – Coach Van Essen
In his time at Kenowa, Coach Van Essen has also helped with the track team, been a student supervisor, and assisted with athletic events and game management. In 2015 Coach Van Essen was named the West Michigan Officials Association Coach of the Year in 2015 and has had Michigan High School Football Coaches Association Academic All- State Football teams in 1998, 2002, 2008-2013, and again in 2016. Coach Van Essen lead the Knights to playoff appearances for 5 straight years (2008-2012).
Prior to Kenowa Hills, Coach Van Essen was at Union High School as the Head coach for 11 seasons.
“I am very excited to have a quality coach and person like Scott Van Essen joining the NPS family. Scott has worked in the public school setting and been a football coach in and around the Grand Rapids area for the past 29 years. I believe that his experience, enthusiasm and work habits will be a tremendous asset to Newaygo Athletics, and the entire NPS district.” -Brad Reyburn
Newaygo will open with Hopkins High School at Hopkins with a JV/Varsity double header on Thursday August 24th with JV playing at 4:00pm, and Varsity kickoff set for 7:00pm.