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Less than a month after Paul Maier announced his resignation as Mount Vernon Senior high School’s head football coach, North Posey’s Paul Rynkiewich announced plans to retire from coaching, meaning a new coach was needed there.
Waylon Schenk will serve as the head football coach and athletic director for the Vikings beginning this fall. Schenk joins the Vikings after growing Princeton High School’s football program over the last five years. He will wrap up this school year as the Tigers’ head coach, where he posted a 4-7 record in his first season and a 5-4 record last fall.
Schenk accepted the offer made to him by North Posey Principal Scott Strieter, and was officially selected as the new football coach during a special school board meeting on Wednesday.
Schenk will replace Paul Rynkiewich, who recently retired as North Posey’s football coach, but remains a teacher at the school. Rynkiewich posted a four-year record of 21-24, including 5-5 in 2016.
Schenk is no stranger to Posey County. His grandfather owned a farm in the small community of St. Wendel, where the new coach often spent time as a child and teen. His parents and brother also own property in Posey County.
“This is a job I’ve been wanting for a long time,” he said. “When this opportunity came open, it was a no-brainer for me.”
Schenk will take on the additional role as North Posey’s athletic director following the retirement of Virgil Ferguson at the end of the school year.
Strieter said the administration decided to combine the positions because there weren’t any teaching positions currently available at the high school for the new coach.
“It is something we’ve never done before, but there are plenty of other schools and corporations that have a similar set up,” Strieter said.
The combined role comes with more responsibility, but also the chance to strengthen North Posey’s athletic programs across the board. Schenk said he wants to help set uniform standards for things like athlete GPA requirements and workout routines that would apply to all North Posey sports teams.
It is a strategy he and several other coaches have been working to implement at Princeton in recent years.
“We were still at the beginning stages of doing this at Princeton, but already this year, we’re starting to see an improvement in numbers and improvement in overall success in the weight room,” Schenk said.
Schenk sees additional room for improvement in the youth feeder programs. As the director of the Gibson County Parks and Recreation department, Schenk worked closely with the mayor to strengthen sport youth programs in the county. He said he hopes to bring some of that knowledge and experience to the northern Posey County area.
“I want to get a K through 2 flag league started for football,” Schenk said. “Right now ,they only have a youth league from fourth to sixth grade, and we want to get those kids started a lot earlier.”
Schenk, a 1999 Bosse High School graduate, became involved in coaching shortly after graduating college. He said he enjoys coaching because it is a way to have a positive impact on a student’s life, both on and off the field.
“I’ve had a lot of good coaches that had a huge impact on my life,” Schenk said. “I wanted to give back to the kids the same way so many people had given back to me, so that’s what originally drew me to coaching.”
Schenk will finish out the school year as an employee of Gibson School Corporation, and has already submitted his resignation as the Parks and Rec Director, effective this summer. Schenk said he and his family plan to move to Posey County after that, where he looks forward to meeting members of his new community.
“I want to bring a high level of energy to the program,” the new coach said. “I can’t wait to get started.”