Changing mindset, attitude goal for new Wilkinsburg coach
Wilkinsburg's Andre Richardson runs the ball during practice on Thursday August 16, 2012.
Photo by Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review
Another year, another coaching change at Wilkinsburg.
A change in mindset is expected to do the trick in bringing success back for the Tigers.
Wilkinsburg, which went 2-7 overall and 1-7 in the conference last season, will be led by new coach Michael Fulmore.
Fulmore hopes a change in the players' attitudes will lead to more victories.
“I think they need to realize we are in the first stages of installing new things here,” Fulmore said.
“Success isn't measured by winning. We have little goals that we set this year that I think the kids are really excited to reach these goals.”
The Tigers, who are part of the Class A Eastern Conference, also welcome new defensive coordinator Bob Exler, who previously coached defenses at Apollo-Ridge and North Catholic.
Senior defensive tackle Kevin Germany, who was named to the all-conference team last season, will be returning for the Tigers to lead the unit. Junior linebacker Gary Gates also returns as a captain.
“I think it lies within the team with buying into the program and believing in themselves,” Fulmore said. “We have had a lot of athleticism, but it just takes a lot of hard work to be competitive.”
On offense, junior Ryan Cox will take the controls at quarterback. Cox hopes to make a connection through the air with junior receiver Andre Richardson.
Fulmore and the Tigers feel like they match up better this year than previous seasons because of their size up front — the Tigers average 250 pounds, especially with the addition of senior lineman Deon Turner at 315.
The Tigers are reaching out to their local community and alumni to build community support.
“They have set a lot of firsts in the WPIAL,” Fulmore said. “They have a legacy to live up to.”
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