Stuart Johnson, Deseret News
PLAIN CITY — Whether it's in the oppressive August heat or bitter November cold, Fremont's Kory Bosgieter never changes his coaching style.
He's always on the run during practices, hustling from drill to drill. The hurrying is done for a purpose, as he's setting the tone for his players and how he wants them to practice.
"I believe in tempo," Bosgieter said. "Everything is scripted and planned to a 'T.' It's not how long we practice, but it's going to be boom, boom, boom with tempo."
The Silver Wolves get the message.
"Even during school, you see him running up and down the halls," said Fremont receiver Tate Lewis
"You definitely don't want to feel like your coach is outworking you," adds Fremont running back Nick Vigil.
Bosgieter said he coaches on the run because he learned it from others, such as current University of Idaho head coach and former Weber State standout and assistant coach Robb Akey.
"I was very lucky to learn from some guys that coached on the run," Bosgieter said. "That's how it's supposed to be done, in my opinion."
With Bosgieter's track record, it's hard to argue with what he believes.
Bosgieter will coach Fremont in the 5A championship game against Bingham on Friday. It's the second time he'll take a team into a state title game, as he won a state championship at Weber High in 1999. He's in his 12th season as a head coach and has a 66-56 overall record.
Bosgieter left Weber after the 2002 season to be the secondary coach and special teams coordinator at Snow College. He took a leave of absence from the Weber School District to do it.
"That was always something I wanted to try and do," Bosgieter said of coaching in college. "I thought it was a good change for me and it was probably a good change for Weber, too.
"It (coaching at Snow) was a great opportunity. You can't replace the knowledge you gain. Everywhere you go, you learn stuff. To me, that was a very valuable experience. I enjoyed the heck out of it."
"It was fun — you've just got to eat," he adds, laughing.
After a year at Snow, Bosgieter returned to the Weber School District so that he could eat and got a job at Fremont in 2005. He worked under former head coach Blaine Monkres for three seasons before Monkres resigned to coach at Dixie High. Bosgieter then became the Silver Wolves' head coach prior to the 2008 season.
It was a rocky beginning for Bosgieter at Fremont, as his team went 1-9 in his first season. But he stuck with his plan, his players adapted, and the Silver Wolves became a cohesive unit.
"I think it's staying with your plan and explaining to your kids the reasoning behind your plan — and obviously they have to buy into your plan," Bosgieter said. "This is a formula that works for us. You have to explain it to your kids why this plan will work. That's hard to do your first year. They just see that things are different and (wonder) why are they different?"
Fremont improved by four wins in 2009, as it went 5-5 and qualified for the state playoffs. The Silver Wolves have won a school-record 11 games this season and will play for the state football title for just the second time in school history.
The Silver Wolves' leader had a lot to do with their quick turnaround.
"Bosgieter is awesome," said Fremont receiver-defensive back Tayson Wilson. "Everything he says, we all take it to heart and believe it. He'd do anything for us."
Anything isn't just limited to football.
"He cares mostly about how we perform off the field, in the class and in the community," Lewis said. "He teaches us stuff every day about that."
Fremont and Bosgieter have been a perfect match, and Bosgieter sees himself finishing his coaching career at the Plain City school.
"It's a great school," Bosgieter said. "We've got great kids, a great staff here. We've got some guys that just work their guts out."
And no one outworks the guy who coaches on the run.
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