The new Wyoming High School will officially open it's doors in early September, but it's football team is already hard at work. The consolidation of Wyoming Park and Wyoming Rogers high schools has resulted in the new Wyoming Wolves, and on the football field they are expecting an improvement. Park and Rogers combined to win just 2 games in 2011, both by Rogers, one of which was against Park. "We have two schools who have come together, there is more talent, a new coaching staff, it's kind of a fresh new start," senior quarterback Jack Rozema said.
Wyoming has a new coaching staff in place, Tom White, who has been an assistant at Lowell and more recently West Catholic, takes over the program. "We are excited, it is a good group of kids that have come together, it's uncharted waters but the kids are working hard and are buying into what we are doing," White said. Many of the assistant coaches came over from West Catholic with White.
Rozema is the returning starting quarterback from Rogers and he likes the new coaching staff. "They bring a lot of energy, if your not doing something right they are going to get on you for it so if you plan on playing for them you better work hard, you better give your best," Rozema added.
Rogers and Park were big rivals and when the consolidation was announced there was an uncertainty about how well the kids would unite, but so far, so good. "Both schools came together, we are getting along good, getting along good with the new coach we are getting stuff done and working hard," Rozema said.
There is a lot to learn with new teammates and a new system in place, but Coach White believes the strength of his team is up front. "I think the lines on both sides of the ball right now is where we are ahead, we've got some nice size kids that move well," White said.
Both Park and Rogers were slated to move into the OK Blue conference in the realignment, Wyoming will be allowed to stay in the Blue for the first 2 years even though it will likely be the largest school in the conference by a wide margin. The Wolves open the season with non-league contests against Grand Rapids Union and Kelloggsville, they will also travel to Dearborn on September 28.