WAYNE – Following an early December hiring of former assistant John McMenamin as head coach for the Wayne State College football team, the coaches were on the recruiting trail.
National signing day was Wednesday as the WSC football staff invited community members to come celebrate their next class of 26 Wildcats joining the program which includes 15 in-state recruits. The back room of the Max was filled with excitement wanting to hear who is joining the program and what the future looks like at WSC.
Head coach John McMenamin showcased the 2020 class and said they needed to get bigger and faster.
“Just to replenish what we’ve lost and I think we really hit home runs,” said McMenamin. “There’s three or four local kids that were around here that were just absolutely musts and we worked hard to get them, so that was a big get for us.”
Broken down there were six wideouts, five defensive lineman and linebackers each, four offensive lineman, three transfer defensive backs, two tight ends and a running back.
Northeast Nebraska recruits were Rex Becker (HCC), Jaxon Johnson (BRLD), Brogan Jones (Allen) and Luke Stueve (Battle Creek) while also signing Jett Janssen (Lincoln East) who is the brother of current Wildcat men’s basketball player Jordan Janssen.
The coaching staff will continually recruit with a goal to sign 15-20 more.
“There’s a few more high school kids that they’ll be cleaned up the next three or four days,” McMenamin added. “We’ll have a quarterback that’s coming on, another running back and a few other kids of that nature. Then we’ll work a little bit more towards that transfer side of things. We want to build a foundation with high school kids and I think we’ve got a great start on it.”
Spring practices will start two days after spring break in mid-March before hosting a spring game in mid-April.
Dan McLaughlin announced his retirement from the head coaching position at WSC on November 21, 2019 as two weeks later on December 6 coach McMenamin filled the position.
In early January (1/7/20), McMenamin announced his coaching staff. Scott McLaughlin is the lone full-time returner as the defensive coordinator while Logan Masters (former player and coach) will come back and serve as the offensive coordinator, Korey Lindsey is the new DB’s coach while Quincy Griffith is the new offensive line coach at Wayne State College. Grad assistants returning include Andre McCall (RBs), Alex Boyer (TEs) and Keyan Williams (WRs). Coach McMenamin said they’ll looking to fill one more coaching assistant soon.
The Wayne State College football team went 4-7 (2-5 NSIC South Division) in 2019.