By David Parker
Head football coach Brian Fish hired two more coaches to join his staff next season. Steve Wilt will work as the special teams coordinator and Andy Ankeny will be the defensive coordinator.
Wilt has a total of 21 years of coaching experience from Handley High School in Winchester, Va., Wingate University in North Carolina and Taylor University in Indiana. He also served as an assistant at various institutions, including a two-year run at ONU from 2007 to 2009.
He seems to be pleased with Olivet so far.
“I have been impressed with the quality of people who work here throughout all facets of the university,” the new coach said. “I sense that people genuinely care about each other and strive to excel in their work. It has been satisfying to work in the environment that exists here.”
However, Wilt knows that there is still plenty of work to be done on the football field.
“We must continue to grow in team unity and team chemistry. By the time we kickoff for our first game in the fall, I want to see our guys playing instinctive football, competing hard each play and really enjoying everything that is about being a ‘team.’”
Ankeny knows the team needs improvement as well. He comes into ONU with 13 years of coaching experience. He previously worked as an assistant coach at Taylor University and East Texas Baptist University and was the head coach of the University of
La Verne in California from 2007 to 2010.
“I’m not concerned with the past,” he said. “I’m focused on right now and what we need to do to be the best we can be. Our goal is to compete against our best self in all we do: athletically, academically, socially, and spiritually.”