Conversation With Wheaton Academy Defensive End 6'3 Ethan Brunner Class Of 2024 - Name You Must Know
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Ethan Brunner Wheaton Academy DE/OL Class Of 2024 6'3 220
Ethan Brunner how was your junior season? I had a solid junior season. I grew as a leader on the team and watched us grow throughout the season to be a force on the field. Pre-Junior year I was struggling with some shoulder issues and wasn’t sure if I was going to make most of the season but by the grace of God, I was able to overcome the injury and play at a high level throughout the fall, making the season even more sweet than it already was. What does football mean to you? Football is family. Some of my closest friends are from football. My coaches and I have become extremely close. They’ve become my mentors and father figures in my life and without them, I would not see half of the success in my life and in the lives of my teammates. Football and this team has given me a cause greater than myself to live for. What schools have you talked to so far? I have been in contact with some D3 and D2 schools including Taylor University, Wheaton College, Hillsdale College, Carroll College, Middlebury College, and Carleton College
What should college coaches know about you? Know that I am a relentless worker, committed teammate, leader of men, and man of God. I buy into cultures that produce young men who are tough mentally and physically. My coaches can attest that as a leader I not only serve my peers, but also the underclassmen and the lesser known because if everyone is bought into the culture on a football team, the sky is the limit to our capabilities. How does Wheaton Academy look this season? We are looking very solid for this next season. Our guys are getting their work in everyday, preparing for a tough upcoming schedule. The leadership through my class is strong with two returning captains (Brett Dieter and myself) and a myriad of other guys who are stepping up. Our current junior and sophomore classes are stacked with talent at every position. On top of this we have a couple of new highly talented transfers who are coming in who will definitely make a difference Day 1. Our coaching staff is still one of the best in the state, if not the best. Overall, Wheaton football is looking very solid. What game excites you the most this upcoming season? Our whole schedule this upcoming season gets me fire up, but one particular game has to be Week 1. No one wanted to play us Week 1. No one. So we decided to look outside of the state for competition. Week 1 we are going down to Texas as a team to play on Friday night under the lights. This experience I think is going to be one the i and every other member on this team will remember for the rest of their lives.
What do incoming Wheaton Academy football players need to know about this program? This program is something special, it’s not like other programs. The coaches here at WA are experts in their area and have YEARS of experience. Coach Mike Swider Sr. has coached at the college level for over 40 years and is one of the winningest college coaches in NCAA D3 football history. Our offensive coordinator spent a career playing and coaching in the arena football league. All played at the college level and some went semi-pro or pro. The coaching here at WA is elite. But that’s not the best part. They create a culture here at WA that is unparalleled. They have created a winning culture. A culture filled with leaders who serve others lesser than themselves. They created a culture here that is worthy of my time, effort, sweat and blood. My teammates are my brothers and on Friday nights I gladly give my body and my soul for my brothers. That is the kind of culture that is on this team and that is why Wheaton Football is different.
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