Assistant Coach Profile: Steve Steck

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Assistant Coach Profile
Steve Steck, Grand Island
Why did you enter the coaching profession?
I have never been able to envision my life without being involved in athletics. From playing in youth leagues, high school, and college, coaching was the next obvious step to stay involved with sports in a meaningful way.
What is your philosophy in coaching?
Honor the game; teach with high energy; be fair; accept nothing but an athlete's best effort physically and mentally; don't take yourself too seriously; have fun.
What brings you the most satisfaction in coaching?
Watching players reap the rewards of their efforts. Also, having an alumni come back and share what they have been doing since they graduated.
What were your most memorable moments in coaching high school football? 
The biggest thrill for me each year is to see which layer will find their switch. Every year, without exception, there are one or two players who come out of nowhere and make the most out of their senior year. Hey never gave up and the game finally clicks for them. These players inevitably make huge plays for us down the stretch. it is incredible to witness, and they carry this lesson with them for the rest of their lives.
What was your greatest win in coaching high school football?
Our win at the stadium in 2005. That team was pure synergy. We grew to be much greater than the sum of our parts.
What is your role as Assistant Coach?
I serve as the defensive coordinator. Since we run multiple defenses over the course of each season, I am primarily in charge of developing the defensive schemes after breaking down our opponent's offensive game film each week. Once I have the blessing of Coach Santorio, I implement and tweak the game plan over the course of each week.
What were the best teams you have coached?
the best team that I have had the honor of coaching was our 2003 sectional championship team. It was a very well-balanced, coachable, talented, and mentally/physically tough group of young men.
What was your proud or memorable moments in playing football?
Having the opportunity to be a captain, as well as a back-to-back sectional champion during my years at Grand Island.
Who was your mentor?
I can't pick just one. Long time football defensive coordinator and varsity lacrosse coach at Grand Island, Bill Riffel, is the exemplar of how to balance excellence as a coach, teacher, husband, and father. Also, playing for and coaching with Gene Masters was an unforgettable experience. His basic principal of "Do What's Right" echo's in my head with every decision I make. Lastyl, I learn daily from my colleagues at Grand Island. I always learn fromt he knowledge, passion, and energy Dean Santorio brings to the game each day, as well as the way our offensive line coach, Mike Stauffer, connects with and motivates our players.
How many yearrs have you coached football?
The 2013 football season is my 18th year coaching high school football. I have served 3 years as a JV assistant coach, 2 years as a JV head coach, and 13 years as a varsity assistant. 

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