July 2, 2011
Coach Fink takes over Purple Lions’ program
DRYDEN — When Dryden High football players step on the practice field Aug. 15, they will be greeted by a new coaching staff.
Dan Fink, a 1997 graduate and three-sport athlete from South Seneca Central School, was appointed the new head coach by the Dryden Central School Board of Education this past Monday night on a recommendation from the school’s athletic director Ralph Boettger. Fink will replace John Nicholas who leaves after a five-year stint as the head man with a 15-30 overall record. The high point of those five years was the 2008 Section 4 Football Conference Class B playoff appearance when the Purple Lions went 7-2 on the season.
“It a good feeling to be named the head coach,” Fink said of first stint as the head guy. “It is also a little overwhelming because it is a late appointment. There’s a lot of things to do and a lot of time to make-up, but I’m looking forward to it.”
“Dan brings energy, discipline and an outstanding work ethic to the program,” Boettger said. “He is a ‘players coach’ and is an outstanding role model. Dan has surrounded himself with a veteran staff of assistants that will help with the transition of being a new head coach. He combines youthful enthusiasm, energy and passion with the intelligence and vision of a veteran coach.
“He believes strongly, as John Nicholas did, in running a football program all year-round,” he continued. “Dan is a strong supporter of the vision/philosophy that represents the Dryden Athletic Code of Conduct.”
Fink’s assistants will include Kevin Rosen and Butch McGuerty.
Fink has been a junior varsity assistant coach with the Purple Lions in basketball, a position he will still maintain as well. He also also been an assistant football coach. He is a technology teacher in the Dryden system. He held a similar position in the Cincinnatus, Marathon and Maine-Endwell school systems since graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Oswego.
Fink lives in Groton with his wife and two young boys, ages one and three years old.
As for his reasoning in wanting to become head coach, Fink explained it like this.
“The program was in limbo,” he said. “I was in the weight room with some of the kids and we were talking football. They told me I should apply for the job so I contacted Ralph. We sat down and talked and it all came together.”
With less than two months until the start of official practice, Fink wants to get his kids working together.
“We need to maintain our off-season work in the weight room,” Fink stated. “We’re going to look at what team camps are still available. We want to compete in some 7-on-7 passing tournaments. We want to get the guys in a football state of mind and get all the guys on the same page.”
Fink’s has a goal of getting the team back to the .500, but there are more important things he wants to accomplish was well.
“We want to get some of this program’s tradition back,” Fink said. “We want to focus on playing a good hard game of football. To do that we will need good team unity and we will need good team discipline. I believe our guys are very capable of that.”
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