ROCHELLE, Ill. (WIFR) Monday marks the first time in a quarter century where Kevin Crandall is not blowing his whistle at Rochelle's opening practice, but the Hubs are already moving past the potential hall-of-famer with longtime assistant Kyle Kissack.
Even though the former Rochelle quarterback takes over the program, he believes his team will still look like any other Hubs squad.
Kissack inherits a roster that went 8-4 last year losing out in the 4A state quarterfinals.
He wants to be known as a coach who puts a lot of faith in his players and he says he is very much prepared for this season after learning under Crandall for so long.
"I was very fortunate as an assistant coach and even as a player to work with coach Crandall and to play with coach Crandall," said Kissack. "That's like a hall-of-fame education that I've had over the last 20-plus years of my life. For me, the transition is something that I'm excited about, but I'm really leaning into a lot of those lessons that I've learned over the last 20 years or so."