WEST JORDAN — Copper Hills football is entering a new phase.
First-year head coach John Teuscher is taking on a program that has won just 26 games over the last 10 seasons, and he has every intention of turning it into a viable contender.
“I live in the boundaries; my kids would go to Copper Hills if they were old enough,” Teuscher said of what drew him to the Grizzlies’ program. “As I looked around and kind of did my homework on the job, I think there’s a lot of potential here to do really good things.”
And he is doing everything he can to begin to tap into it.
“This is the largest high school in the state of Utah,” Teuscher said, “so we get a couple things: You would think there would be some guys here who could play football, so that’s an exciting possibility; we play in an unbelievable region against really good teams, so what an exciting opportunity to play against the best; and we’re here to build a program that can eventually — underlined and bolded eventually — win a state championship.
“In this region, against who we play, at the largest high school in the state, what a neat opportunity, what a great chance to go compete.”
The coach said the first step to creating the new Copper Hills is completely forgetting the old way of doing things.
“I haven’t really tried to find out what happened around here before. I don’t know how many returning starters exactly; I didn’t ask,” Teuscher said. “We want new. Day one, if you were a kid who grew up wanting to play quarterback, we gave you a shot no matter what you had ever done in your life. We have not been interested in what has been done. We are only interested in what we can do moving forward.”
So far, the coaching staff is pleased with what it has seen.
“I’ve been very pleasantly surprised with the amount of talent that we have here,” Teuscher said, “and I’ve been very happy with what I’ve seen from the players of wanting to get better. We have a lot of guys who have come in and put in the time to be good at football, which is something I’m really excited about.”
The head coach has laid out a philosophy to put the Grizzlies on track to pull themselves out of the bottom of the region standings year in and year out. He acknowledges that path may be a long and steep climb, but knows it will eventually pay off.
“To be successful, we need to go 1-0 every day in everything we do,” Teuscher said. “Go 1-0 academically; go 1-0 socially; go 1-0 in the weight room; go 1-0 in how you treat people; go 1-0 at practice; go 1-0 in ball handling drill; go 1-0 on gassers. And when we had up all those 1-0s, good things are going to happen to Copper Hills. I don’t know when, but eventually the tables will start turning in Copper Hills’ direction. And I believe that 1,000 percent.”
Copper Hills Grizzlies at a glance
Coach: John Teuscher is entering his first season as Copper Hills head coach. He is a graduate of Olympus High.
(3 returning starters, Balanced)