Elk Rapids Names Messner Varsity Football Coach
ELK RAPIDS – Elk Rapids announced the hiring of Jake Messner as its varsity football coach on Tuesday.
Messner, who is a special education teacher at the high school and spent the prior two seasons as the team’s quarterbacks coach, takes over for Keith Schulte, who announced his resignation in March after two years as the varsity coach. The Elks went 14-6 under Schulte and made a pair of playoff appearances.
“I am extremely grateful for everything that former coach Keith Schulte has done for this program, I believe it is in a good place and I am very excited to get to work to try and build on the foundation that has been laid,” Messner said in a release. “In order to sustain success, it takes more effort and more attention to detail each and every year. I would really like to see us improve our mental approach in every facet, and that will really be something that is stressed early and often with our staff.”
A native of Niles, Messner played collegiately for four years at Olivet College.
“What excites me most is the quality of the young men in our program,” Messner said. “We have a great group of kids that continue to work hard and do the right thing on and off the field. We have a long ways to go as a football team, but with the right attitude and mindset I think this team can accomplish some great things.”
Elk Rapids opens its 2019 season at Charlevoix on Thursday, Aug. 29.