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Tyler Staker set to take Coe reins from father

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

It's Tyler's turn. After ten years as a Coe assistant coach, the last eight under his father Steve, Tyler Staker is set for his debut as the Kohawks new head coach.

In eight seasons, Steve Staker led Coe to three playoff appearances and was twice named Iowa Conference Coach of the Year. Recently, however, the Kohawks have fallen on tougher times having won just five and four games respectively in the last two seasons. Tyler's hopes are to inject a new energy in to the program, and his current squad feels he's done just that.

"It's just been a lot of fun," said junior defensive back Ryan Miller, "We've got a lot more competitions in practice and everything now, so that's been different. There's just a lot more energy around the practice field."

As for the transition, Tyler Staker believes having his father stick around as defensive line coach has been a blessing.

"Obviously it helps with dad being on staff," said the new head coach, "He's been a great mentor for me, and we have a tremendous staff. It's been pretty smooth, and It helps being here for ten years as well."

Coe opens the season hosting Wisconsin-River Falls on September 3.

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