BEAVERTON – Beaverton Defensive coordinator Scott Wicke was one of 22 coaches selected as Assistant Coach of the Year by the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association (MHSFCA) this season. Coaches are nominated for the honor by the schools head coach and selected by a MHSFCA panel.
“Every head coach will tell you that having a great coaching staff is paramount to success on the field,” said Scott Farley, executive director of the MHSFCA. These coaches devote an incredible amount of time and energy to watching film, Implementing game plans and teaching student athletes the game of football. They are tremendous role models in the communities in which they coach.”
Wicke has been a football coach at Beaverton High School for 15 years. He got his start as a volunteer assistant while he was doing his student teaching in Beaverton. When he was hired as a full time teacher the following fall he also landed a job on the football staff. He took over the defense soon afterwards when another coach was forced to take a medical leave. He has been calling the defensive plays ever since.
“As Defensive Coordinator, Scott has taken our defense to a different level,” said Head Coach Aaron Seiser. “I know that our kids are ready to play every week thanks to his efforts. Off the field, I rely on him to take care of the daily odds and ends that come up during the school day.”
The defense has been stout in the three years that I have been covering the Beaverton football team. When I asked Wicke about it he mentioned that they have been lucky for the last half a dozen years. “Good defense always starts with players,” he said. “Our guys are very athletic and work hard in the offseason. They are in the weight room and most compete in multiple sports.”
Physicality is a hallmark of the Beaverton defense. They want to make teams earn their yardage. “We try to make teams run 10-12 plays if they are going to score on us,” he added. The Beavers are willing to give up a short gain while focusing on keeping the ball in front of them. “We drill the corners and safeties over and over, don’t let anyone get behind you. We have kids who want to be physical, they want to hit.”
The coaching staff has been stable for the last several years. “We have a really good group of coaches overall,” said Wicke. Mark Grove and Will Gaudard coach the linebacker, Aaron Seiser and Aaron Wentworth coach the secondary while Wicke and Guy Smith handle the defensive line. “It has really helped our program to have a varsity and junior varsity coach work with each position group. All the guys are really good at teaching the positions.”
Wicke is also the varsity baseball coach. The Beavers have been one of the best teams in the state for several years. The 2020 team would have been one of the favorites to reach the State Finals in East Lansing last season if not for the COVID outbreak. With all of the talent returning it should be another exciting spring for Beaverton.
With all of the time he spends with his teams Wicke is very grateful that he has an understanding family. “My wife Mary is the reason I get to coach,” he said. “With two kids she has to pick up a lot of the slack at home, especially in the spring.” Weather came be real tricky in the spring necessitating scheduling flexibility. “She has adjusted her whole schedule to allow me to coach. It means a lot to me.”
The Wicke’s have two children, Ty and Paige. Ty is in fifth grade and plays football and basketball. Paige, a first grader, was going to make her debut in organized sports last spring. She was going to play T-ball, but those plans were wiped out by the pandemic.
“I’m thankful for our community and school system. The people of Beaverton care about athletics and see the value in it, especially in these trying times,” added Wicke. “Everybody in Beaverton has been great and it’s just a privilege to coach their boys in football and baseball, its bee a fun ride so far.”
Seiser is thankful to have Wicke on staff. “Scott has played a huge role in our program’s success. He truly deserves this recognition. Our program wouldn’t be what is without him.”