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Stockhaus, Osseo Ready for Second Year Success

Aug 29, 2017 08:11PM ● By Doug Erlien

Osseo Football Association Showcase on Friday, Aug. 26 (Photo By: Doug Erlien)

When Ryan Stockhaus was named as the head football coach at Osseo on April 15, 2016, he took over a program fresh off winning a state championship. He also took over a program just 138 days before his team would take the field against rival Maple Grove.

It didn’t leave a lot of time to get to know his players, let alone implement a summer program.

“Really going from not having much of an offseason at all, basically just having the summer last year is a short time frame to get to know the guys,” Stockhaus said. “We just put our heads down and got after it. The difference this year though, the expectations are clear, there has been a very successful offseason.”

After a winter that saw the Orioles weight room filled with players, leadership meetings that are helping shape the program and a spring and summer that saw his players improve.

“Such exponential growth,” Stockhaus said. “We became smarter football players, we became physically and mentally stronger. For me, the stress level is so rediculously different. To know where we now compared to where we were a year ago, is so mind easing.”

Last season, the Orioles struggled with inexperience and injury, finishing with a 2-7 record.

“Last years group was a great group of seniors,” Stockhaus said. “What a difficult thing. That senior group had just come off of a state championship with a coach that they absolutely loved and a staff that they were close with. That’s not an easy thing for anyone to be a part of.”

Year two begins with the promise that Stockhaus and this coaching staff has done the work and have created relationships with their players.  

“I just think we’re a closer as a group than we were last year,” Stockhaus said. “We’re more clear and focused on what we want to do.”

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