In front of a crowd of parents, students and fans, Immaculata Catholic High School unveiled its new lineup of athletic coaches Thursday night at a meet and greet with the Raider coaches.
After a brief meal, the crowd filed into the school's auditorium to listen to the future of Raider athletics.
New Activities Director Bronson Schaake, new football coach Fred Elliott, new volleyball coach Lisa Lientz and new girl's basketball coach James Bishop spoke about their plans for their respective teams and what they've done so far to prepare for the upcoming school year.
Activities Director and head boy's basketball coach Schaake began the event by laying out his vision for the once-dominant Immaculata athletics program.
"We get to a point where we kind of just accepted complacency," Schaake said. "I said this is what I'd like to change from day one in the summer. We have to get better, we have to make sure that, regardless of the sport, they come in and they know how to work."
As each coach stepped to the front of the crowd gathered, Schaake shared stories of his first interactions with them and the ultimate reasons why he hired them.
Head football coach Elliot spoke of his experiences in football and what he had to offer the struggling Raider football program. He ended his speech with a plea to parents to work at promoting the school that he, and many people in the crowd, had attended.
"Get out and tell other parents," Elliott said. "Give this school a chance, you guys are the future."
Lientz began her speech by explaining her past with Immaculata. As the head volleyball coach from 1985-89 and from 2002-2004, Lientz told the parents that she knew what Raider volleyball was about. She said when the job reopened, she jumped at the opportunity to get back into coaching volleyball at the school.
She said she knew the scope of Immaculata's winning volleyball tradition, and vowed to keep it alive.
"We've never had a season that's not been good here," Lientz said. "I don't anticipate starting off with having one. This year, I see a lot of potential here. We're going to be good."
The last to speak was head girl's basketball coach Bishop, who had previously been an assistant coach under Schaake with the boy's program last year and had coached with him at Basehor-Linwoord High School.
In addition to his head coaching duties, Bishop will be remaining on Schaake's staff as a boy's assistant coach. He said his goal is to get his team to buy in to what he's trying to accomplish, and urged parents to do the same.
"The best way to lead is by example, and that's what I want," Bishop said. "I hope they see that and I hope parents see that."