McDERMOTT — Northwest High School has hired a familiar face to lead the Mohawks football team this year. Doug Montavon – a 2001 graduate of Northwest – is the new head coach for the Mohawks and he didn’t waste any time getting to work when he was promoted from assistant coach at the end of March.
With only five seniors returning to the team this season, Coach Montavon knew that a higher level of commitment would be needed from the team if they want to improve on last year’s 7-3 season.
Coach Montavon’s immediate concern was to establish a weight room for the team to use during the season. Last year, the weight room was being used as a locker room, cutting the team off from strength training. Making an arrangement with the school’s power-lifting coach to share weights, Coach Montavon was able to set up a weight room in the middle school for the team to use.
“We’re trying to be a hard-nosed football team that has the ability to be finesse.”, Montavon said.
Coach Montavon says that he and his coaching staff have high expectations for the team this year.
“They’re doing everything that we’re asking them to do,” Montavon remarked, “and they’re picking up the things that we’re changing very fast.”
When asked about who he would consider to be his coaching influences, Montavon replied, “I was fortunate, because I got to play for some good coaches. I played for Dick Tipton when he was out here and then I played for Bob Ashley from Notre Dame and they’ve both greatly influenced my coaching style and what I try to do with the kids.” Montavon also points to his experience coaching the Mohawks with Mike Smith as an experience that he will use for inspiration in molding his coaching style.
A lifelong resident of Rush Township, Montavon started his high school football career playing tailback at Notre Dame before returning to Northwest in his senior year. Now, in addition to his coaching duties, he’s also an 8th grade intervention specialist within the school district. Having just completed his studies for a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Montavon hopes to further his education in the future to acquire his Principal’s License.
With the season opener just a few short weeks away, two-a-day practices have already begun for the Mohawks. They host the Southeastern Panthers on Friday, August 26, 2016 – kickoff for that game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.