GEORGETOWN — Getting an opportunity to run his own high school football program is something that Nathan West has been planning to do since graduating from Oakwood High School.
On Monday night, the Georgetown-Ridge Farm school board approved his hire to lead the Buffaloes program, replacing Josh Cavanaugh, who resigned back in May.
“It was exciting to see the process,’’ said West, who has been running the Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman summer program. “It’s one thing to be selected by the leaders of the school, but then to sit there at a school board meeting, waiting to find out if you get their approval, was very exciting.
“I just kept thinking about how this was a great opportunity with a great bunch of kids.’’
West, who has been an assistant coach in the program for the past two seasons, knows that the Geo-RF/Chrisman football program is going to have some high expectations for this season. The Buffaloes, who went 5-5 a year ago, return 18 starters, including captains Dylan Mills, Troy Rodriguez, Colby Roberson and Matt Willaman.
“I’ve really been given a gifted team for my first season,’’ West said. “I believe that Troy Rodriguez had the third best season as far as rushing yards in the Vermilion Valley Conference last year and we return the offensive line.
“We understand that there are going to be high expectations and we are hoping we can meet them.’’
Being a part of both the freshman and junior-varsity programs in the past two seasons, West hopes that Geo-RF/Chrisman can carry over some of that success.
“The freshman teams have only lost three games and I believe the JV team lost just once,’’ West said. “Now, that success doesn’t always translate into victories at the varsity level, but it gives us a pretty good foundation to build from with our program.’’