HS FOOTBALL: Sorgatz sees big things in Skyline’s short, long-term future

Coach Andrew Sorgatz knows Skyline has the talent to succeed on the football field. Sorgatz sees it every day in practice which is why he’s looking forward to the first snap of the season on Thursday.

Sorgatz is beginning his fourth season with the Skyline football program and second year as the head varsity coach. He was the offensive line coach and run-game coordinator the first two seasons.

And as one would expect, there was plenty of on-the-job learning and training.

“There is a lot more responsibility than just being the offensive line coach,” he said. “Dealing with parents was a different aspect of the job that was new to me last year. And a lot more administrative things, especially all the things to do just get ready for the season.”

But it’s really a labor of love. Sorgatz simply loves the game of football and teaching it to young men.

“I enjoy it all, really,” he said. “One of my favorite things is putting together the practice schedule. Running a program is something not a lot of coaches ever get to do so it’s something I feel fortunate about.”

One of the keys to any good football program is building a good coaching staff. A head coach is only as successful as the coaches he puts around him or her. Sorgatz believes he has a good one at Skyline.

That staff includes Andre Rison, who coaches the wide receivers and defensive backs at Skyline. Rison is a five-time Pro Bowler and was a standout player at Flint Northwestern High School and Michigan State University.

“We have a real good staff,” Sorgatz said. “Both of our coordinators are really good. And all of our assistants are high energy guys and know what they’re talking about. They all know how demonstrate and explain what we are trying to do. It’s just a fantastic staff.

I wouldn’t trade any of them for the world.”

Sorgatz is a substitute teacher who hopes to see plenty of time inside the classrooms at Skyline this year. “I will be a substitute for at least the fall and go from there,” he said.

The Eagles open the season at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 24 at home against Saginaw Arthur Hill.

“This will be the first time we play them so we are excited to have them come to our house,” Sorgatz said.

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