17 years of coaching football, physical education teacher Nico Tigulis has accepted
a head coaching position. He will leave Carroll and begin the 2016-2017 school
year at Heritage High School.
Tigulis wanted to have greater involvement
in the coaching process when he became aware of an open head coaching position
“I’ve always wanted to be a head coach,”
Tigulis said. “I felt like I was ready to take on a program, and I saw that
there was an opportunity at Heritage. So I applied… and out of 27 candidates
they found that I was the best one for the job.”
In addition to being head coach, Tigulis
will teach a credit recovery course at Heritage for students needing to retake
a failed class or wanting to graduate early.
Heritage has a smaller football program than
Carroll, which presents new challenges for Tigulis. He will now have to coach
2-way players: “players who play both offense and defense.” Carroll has few
2-way players because of the fairly large size of the program, which allows for
more players to be considered and specialize as either offensive or defensive.
As head coach, Tigulis has the task of
selecting his coaching team. After being hired by Heritage, he began interviewing
potential assistant coaches. So far, he has hired two coaches and is strongly
considering a third applicant.
Tigulis hopes that with the greater
influence he holds as head coach he will be able to positively impact the lives
of his players. He is less concerned with teaching them football and more
focused on building their character. He is confident that this approach will
lead to his team becoming better players and better individuals.
“My biggest aspiration is to develop these
young men so they are productive members of society,” Tigulis said. “I’m going
to use football to teach them life skills of hard work, perseverance, all those
things so they can be later successful in life. If we can do that, then I think
championships will come because of the character of boys that I have on the