Cov Cath Introduces New Head Football Coach
The Covington Catholic football program introduced its new head coach, Eddie Eviston, on Tuesday afternoon at the school.
Eviston takes over the job after leaving Georgetown College where he served as offensive coordinator last season. He was also the Newport Central Catholic head football coach from 2010-13 and won the Class 2A state title in 2010 and 2012. Eviston was also a star quarterback at New Cath and at Georgetown College where he was named NAIA National Player of the Year three times.
“Quarterback is very important and becomes more important on every level,” he said of his former position and his ability to develop talent at quarterback. “You need that quality guy. You need a guy that you can trust because he is basically your coach on the field. The more he can do, the more he keeps the defense guessing.”
Former Cov Cath coach Dave Wirth resigned from the post in late January.
Eviston met and talked with his new players on Tuesday and was encouraged by what he saw from them.
“The kids asked what kind of offense and defense we're going to run,” Eviston said when asked what he talked about with his team when they met him today. “They asked about our offseason program. It's a good sign that they're concerned about things. Anytime there is a change, there is a little bit of fear so we're trying to get over that threshold of fear and we're getting after it.”
At the press conference, Eviston talked about wanting to form his schemes around his players rather than go into next season with a rigid definition of what his playbook will look like.
“We're not at the luxury to be able to go out and recruit like you would in college where you are recruiting the guys that fit into your system. I am firm believer in knowing what our guys can and can't do and we have to build around that. I think it's been proven that we can do that and it's what we'll do.”
Any coach taking over at Cov Cath has to know about the local power house of Highlands that seems to stand in the Colonels way each and every year.
“I think it's awesome,” he said about the rivalry with Highlands. “I have a lot of respect and admiration in terms of what they do. There is a reason they win. They have a formula. Our goal is to match that and surpass that.”
Cov Cath has not beaten the Bluebirds in 13 straight attempts. Eviston though is not looking to the past for comfort at his new job. In fact, he talked about having a clean slate at the school where he can start to build from the ground up.
“I think it has to be a clean slate,” he said. “Hopefully these players are eager to prove what they can do to not only me but to the other staff as well.”
Eviston said that he and Athletic Director Mike Guidugli will set the spring practice schedule this week and that offseason weight training has been going on already. He will have a teaching job with the school along with his coaching duties but is not sure yet as to what subject. He said he likely plans to move to the area over the summer before next school year.
“This was the right thing. It felt right. It's right for my family and it was an opportunity that I couldn't pass up.”
- Story and photo by Bryan Burke, associate editor