It has been nearly a two-year wait, but fall Friday night lights are back, and Orange Lutheran’s football team is ready to take the field this Friday, August 20, on the road versus Serra Gardena.
They will do so with a new head coach at the helm, as former Lancer football assistant coach Rod Sherman ’93 returns this year to his alma mater. He brings with him OLu quarterback alum Aaron Corp ’07 who will serve as offensive coordinator. The two were a part of the school’s 2006 State Championship team and are looking to help bring the Lancers back to their winning ways.
“What we’re trying to do is create a championship culture,” says Sherman, “a culture that has high expectations for our young men, where the young men start to drive that culture. So it’s not a coach-driven culture, it’s a player-driven culture.”
Led by the program’s core values of love, accountability, passion and toughness, Sherman feels football is the ideal setting for these values to take hold and make a real difference in the lives of the student athletes.
“Our heart is to use football to speak life and greatness into young men,” says Sherman. “We get to do that on the highest possible stage in the Trinity League.”
With last year’s abbreviated four-game schedule wrapping up in the spring, and Sherman’s hire in mid-May, the Lancers have had a short period of time to prepare for the start of the season.
But Sherman is confident in his players, especially the senior class. OLu is returning a significant portion of their roster, specifically on the defensive side. He feels his primary objective as head coach is to instill a level of confidence and belief into his players, and as a sense of normalcy returns to athletics, he and his coaching staff are looking for the Lancers to embrace the brotherhood that comes with the sport.
“What I’m most excited about is watching kids compete and watching them have fun,” says Sherman. “I want to see kids have success. I want to see kids have enjoyment. I want to see kids achieve their dreams. Helping kids achieve their goals and dreams – that’s our role as coaches.”