Head Coach: Paul Thomas, first year with the Wildcats
Coach’s Overall Record: 127-96
Last Season: Warsaw went 5-6, beat Diamond in first round of districts, lost to Lamar in second round in Pittsburg, Kan.
Offense: Multiple, power run
After leading Marceline to the Class 1 state championship game last season, Paul Thomas made the move to Warsaw.
The new Wildcat coach is getting used to the players he has and the Wildcats are getting used to Thomas.
“It’s been going good,” Thomas said. “We’re going to be a young football team, but it’s going good.”
His career has seen a lot of success as he enters his 22nd season as a head coach, including 10 at Marshall.
“We’re still learning our talent,” he said. “It’s going to be a different deal for them than what they’ve done in the past.”
The Wildcats have 26 freshmen and sophomores on the roster, but even for the upperclassmen there is a learning curve. The 2013 Warsaw team used a zone scheme and spread the ball, averaging 33 points per game. Thomas has installed a new scheme, using a power run out of multiple sets.
“I’m just an old football coach that likes to run the football and play good defense,” Thomas said. “If you can do those two things at the high school level, you can win football games. That’s what I’ve done in my career.”
Blocking for that running game will be an offensive line with decent size and athletic ability.
On defense, Warsaw looks to improve from a 2013 campaign in which it allowed 50 or more points in all six losses.
“We’re going to be a hard-hitting defense,” Thomas said. “That’s our goal.”