Character, relationships and leadership focus of new Hodag football coach
By Eileen Persike
Aaron Kraemer is “ecstatic” about his new role as head football coach at Rhinelander High School. Kraemer is a social studies teacher in the district, is currently the head track coach and was previously an assistant football coach before getting the nod for the top job last week.
“We will focus on building a base of character and leadership, while following the School District vision and doing it the Hodag Way,” Kraemer said. “I look to the future and see great opportunity to build a successful program that the school and community can be proud of.”
To do that, Kraemer said the team will look at the little things in the beginning, such as “caring about each other, learning how to coexist without blaming, complaining, being defensive, or making excuses,” he said, adding “We also need to learn how to respond in all situations to gain the most positive outcomes and project positivity to ourselves, the parents and the community.”
Kraemer played high school football in Oshkosh, and as a student at Lakeland College in Sheboygan. He said all his coaches had a positive impact on him, including a youth football coach who changed his life.
“[Dan] Wara was always a man who could get the best out of you,” Kraemer said. “He truly cared about you as a person and work as hard as he could to build relationships with all players and parents,” adding that a good leader must coach to the heart of the player while being honest about expectations, and “put players in the best positions to be successful.”
Kraemer said he is the right guy for the job because in addition to continuing to learn about the game of football, his relationships with the players sets him apart from others. “I build a relationship based on respect with my students and players; I am consistent and they know what to expect of me each day.”
Blocks, he said, on which the team can build a successful program.