After two-straight unbeaten seasons in eight-man football, Covenant head coach Seth Wilson stepped down last week.
Wilson confirmed his decision Tuesday and communicated his decision earlier in the week with Covenant’s football families.
“As for the group, the coaching staff, players and families, I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to fully articulate how much they mean to me,” Wilson said. “Words will never do it justice and each person spoke wisdom into my life. I’ve wanted to be a high school football coach since I was 11 and this community took a chance on me and helped that dream become a reality. I will forever be grateful to the administration and the Covenant community for their support and encouragement.”
The Eagles went 20-0 over a two-year span and won a pair of VISFL championships in the process. Wilson had previously been the Eagles defensive coordinator under Dave Hart before taking over the head job and coaching one year of 11-man football in 2017 where the Eagles went 8-2 and qualified for the VISAA Division II state tournament. Wilson coached Covenant standouts like Rick Weaver, Jonas Sanker and Nic Sanker, who’s headed to Princeton to play football, during his stretch as the head coach and oversaw the program’s transition to 8-man football.
“Those boys, the staff, and the entire experience taught me that the Xs & Os and the outcomes do not matter as much as building high-quality relationships that last a lifetime,” Wilson said. “Teams all across the country win using every conceivable scheme imaginable. The programs that hang banners and win championships, though, are the ones who focus on culture and process and seek to positively impact another’s life.”
Wilson isn’t sure where he’ll land next currently, but it’s clear his passion for the sports’ transformative ability is as sharp as it has been since he became an assistant coach for the Eagles.
“Football develops a brotherhood you cannot find in most extracurricular activities,” Wilson said. “It speaks into your soul on such a deep level and if you embrace the experience, football will take you on a journey to discover your best self. I believe we did that at Covenant.”