New Monett High School head football coach Chad Depée provided a preview of the fall season for the Monett Kiwanis Club at last week's meeting.
Depée, who comes to Monett after serving as head coach in El Dorado Springs for the past four years, said his vision for football is to make better persons out of all players. Winning games is only part of a bigger picture.
Depée spoke about instilling discipline that will help players become better students, make better choices and better prepare them to cope with challenges later in life. Training at this point in the season has focused on toughening team members to get them in shape.
A total of 63 athletes have come out to play this year on the varsity squad. Another 20 are on the freshman team. Depée expected to ask some of the team to play both offense and defense.
Sizing up the squad, Depée said the team has above average speed and some size. The squad will not have the same depth as last year. Nonetheless Depée expected the team will be "very competitive."
Following last Friday's jamboree in Carl Junction, the team will go to McDonald County this Friday night, then play Logan-Rogersville and Nixa on the next two Fridays.
Depée said he comes from a family of educators. His parents were missionaries, and he spent two years in Brazil while in junior high. A graduate of Mountain View High School, Depée earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Southwest Baptist University. He played running back on the college team but blew out his knee at the college level.
Having enjoyed the game, Depée stayed involved after his injury. After graduation, he took a position as assistant coach in Republic under Kuper Kreul for seven years before going to El Dorado Springs. Depée and his wife, Sheri, a Spanish teacher, have two children, ages 5 and 7.
Kiwanis President Randy Henderson presided at the meeting. David Steward was the program chairman.
A report was given on several club members and their wives spending an evening at Camp Barnabas. During a tour, the Kiwanians heard about the latest fundraising efforts and plans for capital improvements at the camp.
The Monett Kiwanis Club meets at noon on Tuesdays for a meal and a program, usually at Happy House restaurant.