Gripp will get “dream job”, takes over Annawan-Wethersfield Soccer | Excessive Faculty Soccer –

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“Being a family man and staying here after college, I couldn’t be happier,” said Gripp, who attended Illinois State and taught at Princeville High School for the 2016-17 school year before he became a junior high math teacher in Wethersfield .

“Logan and I always kept a clear line of communication and he knew that one day I wanted to be the head coach and that this job would be number one on my list. It was on my radar, but honestly I didn’t think it would would be like that. ” happens so quickly. “

Before Gripp joined Willits’ staff for the 2020-21 school year, Gripp spent three seasons (2017-19) in Bureau Valley training under another Annawan alumnus, the 1998 graduate Joe Schmitt, and then under Mat Gun when Schmitt became AW’s defensive coordinator two years ago.

With the Titans, he inherits a team that ended 5-1 in a delayed and changed COVID-19 season last spring, finishing with the third Lincoln Trail Conference championship in a row and their fourth championship title in five seasons.

“I’m not going to try to reinvent the wheel,” said Gripp. “After we go through this program, we will stick to what we did and what worked. Brandon and Logan taught me everything I know and I have a feeling that what I do is an extension of both is going to be a smooth transition. “

While at the Titans, Gripp was part of their IHSA Class 2A State quarterfinal squad, which finished 10-2 in 2010, then moved into the starting XI over the next two seasons to lead Annawan-Wethersfield to a combined 15-inch -6 record and two more trips after the season.

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