Q&A with New Eastmark HS Football HC Scooter Molander

3 months ago Andrew Luberda 0
Scooter Molander

The QCUSD Governing Board approved the hire of Andrew “Scooter” Molander on Tuesday night as the football head coach of the district’s newest high school – Eastmark – that will open in July 2019.

The football program, consisting of only freshmen and sophomores, will play a JV schedule during its inaugural season in 2019, when many of the Firebirds’ opponents figure to be mostly 2A and 3A schools. The plan is for Eastmark to play a full varsity schedule in 2020, likely in the 4A division.

Building a program from the ground up was part of the job’s appeal for Molander. He agreed to answer a few questions, including why this is the right job for him at the right time and a couple of goals he has – short-term and long term.

County Line Preps:  Why is this right time and job for you to return to coaching football?

Coach Molander:  In the fall of 2017, my mother had an aortic heart valve rupture, followed the next day with a stroke. Fortunately, through much hard work and great help, she has made a full recovery. My father, during the same period, was in and out of the ICU with congestive heart failure. He died in late November 2017. My passion for helping parents raise great people has never waned. Being an educator and a coach is a calling and a blessing. My family and I are extremely excited to become new members of the Queen Creek community.

CLP:  What do you view as the greatest challenge in building a football program from scratch?

CM:  Certainly, creating tradition will be challenging and exciting at the same time. The fun will be the process that we all get to experience – that being the first years of what will become another fantastic high school in Queen Creek, of which we will all be proud.

CLP:  What can players, parents and the community expect from you as a head coach?

CM:  Honesty, openness, effective communication, and leadership that will require many people to share the same standards, ethics, and goals.

CLP:  Can you share one short-term goal and one long-term goal for the Eastmark football program?

CM:  Initially, it will be critically important to build great relationships (that are) built on earned trust of me by my actions. A sincere pride of playing for Eastmark football will happen when we care deeply for one another. Through hard work, the Eastmark football program has the opportunity to win championships while making each other better people.