Some sports coaches might be concerned about the possible headaches of co-oping with other school districts.
Mike McKee is excited about working with a trio of schools.
McKee was named the new Sesser-Valier/Waltonville/Woodlawn football coach earlier this week and said he's going to enjoy working with athletes from several school districts. McKee grew up in Mt. Vernon and went to high school at MVTHS. His mother, Reva McKee, taught at Woodlawn for 35 years before retiring from the high school. McKee has lived in Sesser for the last decade and says he is connected to the Waltonville community as well.
“For me, the co-op situation is one of the big drawing points of the whole thing,” McKee said.
McKee is already a familiar presence to the Red Devils football program. He spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach for Johnny Hollis. McKee is a former Rend Lake College track and field coach and said he wants to weave his knowledge of the sport into the SVWW football program.
“Track is a performance-based sport, and it's all about run faster and jump higher and go further,” McKee said. “If we can take those things, and we can transition over to the football field then we've got a whole other skill we can use. My goal is to be to consistently improve our conditioning from the standpoint of the faster we can play, the longer we can play hard, the better we're going to be.”
McKee added the head coaching role also gives him a chance to give back to the communities that have supported him during a tough time in his family's life. His son Cannon was diagnosed with cancer in August 2011. Cannon has been cancer free since May 2012, McKee said.