Florence will follow same formula despite coaching change

By Justin Shaw preps@gazette.com - Updated: August 26, 2013 at 11:18 pm • Published: August 26, 2013 | 7:25 pm 0

Florence football is going with the motto, "If it isn't broke, don't fix it," when it comes to its approach for 2013.

When you've been doing something one way for decades - and it's worked well - there's no need for change, even if the man who was running things is gone after 28 years.

After Mark Buderus retired following the 2012 season, Florence handed the reins over to a familiar face, defensive coordinator Jeremy Nix.

"One of the benefits of me being there for 13 years is that I already put my little mark on the program; the kids know me and nothing is new to them with me," said Nix, who played under Buderus and graduated from Florence in 1998.

"It's a little different not having Mark here. He's enjoying retirement and doing some farming."

The man with the playbook may have changed, but the philosophy and attitude around the program has not.

Senior defensive back Ryan Wilson, who was part of the 2011 2A state championship squad, says it's business as usual.

"We're keeping the same plan as we had from previous years," Wilson said. "It's just different seeing Jeremy Nix as the head coach instead of the defensive coordinator, but I feel like it's been a really good transition for us."

Senior quarterback Zach Hoxie also hasn't seen much altered.

"We're still running the same offense; it's just a little weird without Buderus," Hoxie said. "Meetings are still the same, everything else is still the same. I think we have just as much talent as (the 2011 team); it compares really well."

Nix, who played college ball for Western State for two years after leaving Florence, said when he took the job he would've "stayed under Buderus for another 10 years" if the coach would've wanted to remain at the school longer.

But now Nix is sitting at the steering wheel of a proud football tradition - which he helped build as a player.

"We're still going to play hard-nosed defense and run the football well" he said. "We want to control the clock and the tempo of the game and complete a high percentage of our passes."

"I hope to keep up the tradition and winning ways,"

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