Three night's a week, Scott Mycke opens the weight room at Conrad High School so football players can work out. He does it as the program's new head coach, however Conrad football, certainly isn't new to him.
"Raised in Conrad here, graduated from Conrad High School, played football for them," Scott Mycke recalls.
That was back in the late 80's. Most recently, he served as an assistant under Mick Morris for the past three seasons, and a few weeks ago, was promoted to head coach. He says given the tight turnaround and the program's recent success, things on the field will look a lot the same this upcoming season.
"Obviously getting handed this gig this late in the season kind of tough to change too much and, we've got a great group of kids returning. Lost some great seniors last year but a lot of second year, and third year starters returning. Just keeping the consistency and getting the leadership out of the seniors," Mycke says.
One of those seniors is Scott's son, Hunter, a linebacker for the Cowboys. Then there's quarterback and safety Bert Paulsen. Both are happy someone they know and trust got the job.
"Nothing is really changing. He's been coaching me since I was 6 years old through wrestling and then football in junior high and baseball so it's not really going to be much different, just another sport," Hunter Mycke says.
"He actually started coaching Hunter and I in 8th grade and he's been with the system ever since. So, it pretty nice to have someone who's been with us and believes in the system," Paulsen says.
That system, broken down, is pretty simple.
"One thing I'll guarantee you is they will know they were in a fight. The kids will come out and play hard smash-mouth football and play till the end," Mycke says.
Spoken like a man who's familiar with Conrad football, which their new head coach certainly is.