INDIANAPOLIS - New faces in new places take the field this season as the Indiana high school football season gets under way.
Warren Central football is synonymous with success. Jayson West is now in charge of leading the Warriors back to a championship.
With the new head coaching job comes new emotions as he enters his sixth year on the sidelines.
"I'm really nervous. I've never really been nervous before, probably the first couple times as a head coach," West said. "Just because you're at a new place and you want to do well, you want to perform well, but you're not going to have a whole lot of opportunities to get the easy win anymore in the schedule."
West knows winning well. Last season, he led Lawrence Central to a championship, which made leaving that school harder.
"It was tough for me, because you've seen those kids since they were in sixth grade. They're kind of like your sons, and so you definitely miss them," West said. "It's just different, but it's very similar. Everything is different because of the names, the faces, the place, but it's the same because you have a lot of kids who want to do something great."
Lawrence Central wasted little time in filling West's vacancy, tapping Jed Richman for the spot. Richman previously spent three years at Western Boone and before that was an assistant at Carmel and Ben Davis.
"It's an honor to lead this program. It's a big part of the school and the community, and I feel very blessed to be here," Richman said. "At the same time, it's exciting because you've got a hungry group of guys. They've really worked hard for me. There's been a lot of change offensively, defensively, weight room-wise. I really admire this senior group. They're very resilient."
New head coaches also take the helm at Brebeuf, with Mic Roessler, at Bloomington South, with Mo Moriarty, at Howe, with Tom Barnes, at Lawrence North, with Patrick Mallory, and at South Ridge, with Scott Buening.