He's been a member of a state championship team and an established assistant coach, but now one former player is getting his chance to take over his hometown high school football program.

Kevin Stetser will be the head man on the sidelines for Egg Harbor Township in 2014, and his work has already begun in turning around a team that finished 2-8 last fall.

Stetser, a 1993 graduate, was also part of the 1992 Eagles team that won a Group III state title. Yet more important than the accolades and his success as an assistant, Stetser considers himself a hometown guy. Now as the head man, he's hoping to rally some fight within both the Egg Harbor Township locker room and the community.

Here's our exclusive South Jersey Sports Report interview with the man taking over the Eagles, who already has some big plans for turning the struggling program around.

 

Here’s a preview of some of the other interviews from this week’s edition of the South Jersey Sports Report:

  • The accolades are endless for one of South Jersey's best all-around athletes: all-time leading scorer in school history, MVP, all-star, and now most recently, slam dunk champion. We talked to the local phenom about the buzz he's getting from some ridiculous jams circulating the web, and why there's little rest before his next quest for a state title this spring
  • Press of Atlantic City reporter Mike McGarry is a big part of the publication's high school spring sports preview this week. We'll unveil some of his boldest predictions, and which players and programs could be bringing home some hardware in 2014
  • Courier-Post sports report Kevin Minnick also wheels out his 2014 South Jersey spring baseball preview, and reveals which contenders will likely be playing for a state title this season
  • The weather has put a big damper on one of the first big weekends for local high school baseball, but that's not stopping one local program from looking ahead. We asked their head coach about the strategy in scheduling some of the best opponents in South Jersey, and his expectations for a team that could be on the rise
  • One local girls basketball coach competed for a Cape-Atlantic League championship as a player, and now his girls have realized the same dream in 2014. We asked him about the memories he'll take away from this season, and what it will be like replacing some key seniors in next year's title defense
  • Another Cape-Atlantic League basketball champion is reflecting on a season that won't soon be forgotten. We spoke to one of the best young players in South Jersey about the incredible title run, and what's next for his basketball future

 

Listen to this week's show:

John Leahy, Middle Township head girls basketball coach

Kevin Minnick, Courier-Post sports reporter

Jordan Robertson, Wildwood Catholic senior forward

Brent Bean, Atlantic City head baseball coach

Brian Broomell & Carol Miceli, Boardwalk Honda

Mike Gesicki, Southern Regional multi-sport athlete and incoming Penn State freshman

Mike McGarry, Press of Atlantic City sports reporter

 

 

Be sure to check back next week as we continue our South Jersey Athlete of the Week, and crown our first winner of the 2014 spring sports season!

It’s all right here, on The South Jersey Sports Report. Listen every Saturday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on 97.3 ESPN-FM or 973espn.com, and catch the expanded edition every Thursday night from 6-7 p.m.

 

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