Copan football eyes new Page of opportunity

Mike Tupa

By Mike Tupa

Copan High School is breaking in a new head football coach and Shane Page is looking to break the Hornets’ roll of bad luck the past several years.

On Monday night, Page grabbed the reins of the Copan eight-man grid program by opening a Copan-only camp.

The endeavor will last throughout the week.

Page also has instituted a Summer Pride conditioning program.

Page moves into the position after having served as the defensive coordinator at Cleveland High School.

He’s also done stints at Wellston and Strother high schools.

While working as head coach at Strother, he went 1-9 his first year but 5-5 the next season.

Page will try to duplicate that same kind of quick turnaround at Copan, which hasn’t post two regular campaign wins —on the field — in a single season in at least a half-decade.

Low numbers has been Copan’s biggest obstacle.

At times during the past five years, the Hornets suited up the minimum eight players for a game.

Not often during those years have they had more than 10 or 11 healthy bodies start, or at least finish, a contest.

“I think the biggest thing is getting the kids out of the hallway,” said Page, adding that at smaller schools like Copan it’s imperative athletes play more than one sport in order for the program to remain competitive season in and season out.

“I’m looking forward to get back as a head coach and turn a program around,” he added.

He said he enjoys the eight-man game because of the speed, adding he especially enjoys coaching the offensive game.