There will be another familiar face on the Fort Zumwalt West sidelines when the Jaguars open their football season this month.
Former Zumwalt West quarterback Drew Hare, who led the Jaguars to playoff success in 2012 and 2013, has returned home to O’Fallon after playing football at Northern Illinois and earning a degree in business administration. Upon his arrival, Hare was hired by Jaguars coach Neil Nowack to guide the wide receivers this season.
The former quarterback is excited to be back home working at his alma mater.
“I feel good and I’m glad to be home first and foremost,” Hare said. “I’m also glad to be back working with the guys and especially with Coach Nowack.”
Hare said that his plan was always to come back home and work in some way at Zumwalt West, whether it was right away or a few years down the road.
“I had a plan when I finished up with college and that was always, if everything fell through with the pros, that I would come back and coach for a little bit,” Hare said.
Hare replaces Colin Groves. Nowack believes that Hare’s quarterback experience and being a former player in the program will help him quickly develop a very talented receiver group led by senior standouts Marquis Majors and Josh White.
“He’s a very intelligent young man who picks things up really quickly and, just watching throughout the summer, he does a really great job communicating with the players about the position,” Nowack said. “Drew, as a former player, knows how our system works and about running their routes and coverages. It was really a no-brainer to bring him in.”
The Jaguar receivers have worked well with Hare so far and he believes this group could be just as explosive as last year’s group, which helped win the GAC South championship.
“The attitude of the guys has been really good so far,” Hare said. “They don’t complain, they work hard and there’s a lot of talent to work with, so that’s exciting.”