VIROQUA, Wis. - The Viroqua Blackhawks were a team without a head coach a week before the start of fall practices. Senior linebacker Zach Trautsch had a right to be a bit concerned.
"At our (summer) camp which was two weeks before football there were like 15 people at camp and that's freshmen through seniors. And then our coach left. So 15 people, no head coach."
In a short amount of time participation numbers doubled and the team has a new head coach.
Bill Hannah takes over after serving as an assistant with the program for several years.
"As the head coach I want to make sure these kids have a positive experience. My name is attached to the program now so how they perform, what they do, what they look like, and who they are in the community all reflects our program and reflects back on me now."
With Hannah, the new coach brings a bit of familiarity.
"Now we have Hannah which is an old coach we are used to. We had him freshman year and did well with him," said senior defensive end Brady Nigh.
Senior quarterback Andrew Kleiber was one of many who feels Viroqua could be a sleeper team this season after going winless in the Coulee Conference in 2013.
"Growing up we were always like, our senior year of football, we have some potential to be good."