Freedom coaches working together to change mentality
Tim Dubovi has lived in the Freedom School District for more than 20 years, so he knows the history.
The Bulldogs haven't won their conference since 1977 and haven't had a winning record in almost a decade.
But as the program's new leader, he's working to change the mentality of a team that finished last season 4-6 after a first-round loss to South Fayette in the WPIAL Class AA playoffs.
“Our biggest goal as a staff is just trying to get the kids to work together,” Dubovi said.
Freedom lost 15 graduates from the 2012 team, but Dubovi believes his core of upperclassmen has done a good job of mentoring freshmen and sophomores who “are going to be really strong in a few years,” and are expected to see the field in 2013.
Wideouts Allen Moeller and Jared Hogue and linemen Alex Moon, Justin Meinert and Alex Kastroll were five senior leaders he mentioned who are working to bring younger teammates along.
But even if Dubovi sees the possibilities for a bright future, he has high expectations for his first year at the helm, too.
“Our goal is to try to win every game,” Dubovi said. “We're not looking at some of the opponents and saying ‘Well, we can't beat this team.' We're looking at each game one at a time.”
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