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May 24, 2013

Mushtare to head OHS football program

Oneonta High has a new football coach, but he’s not new to Oneonta nor to coaching varsity football.

John Mushtare, an assistant varsity football coach at OHS the past six seasons, was recommended to replace Adam Hoover as the Yellowjackets head coach at a school board meeting Wednesday night.

OHS athletic director Joe Hughes said it’s a mere formality that Mushtare will become OHS’ next varsity head coach.

“I feel confident with John leading the football program in the future,” said Hughes, who added the opening drew interest from numerous coaches in and out of the district. “He’s organized and he’ll have us prepared. I feel real confident in his football knowledge and ability to prepare a team.”

Mushtare inherits a team that went 2-7 last season under Hoover, who opted to step aside in February after compiling a 24-36 record over seven seasons that included a Section Four Class B playoff appearance in 2009.

Mushtare headed Unatego’s varsity program from 2004-06, going 17-10, a mark that included a 7-2 record in his final season.

It doesn’t sound as if Mushtare thinks it will take long to turn the Yellowjackets into a winning program.

“I’d like to be .500 or better this coming year and competing for a division title in year two,” he said.

Wholesale changes appear to be on the way from the varsity level down to the modified team.

“Uniformity is imperative,” Mushtare said of having all levels utilizing the same playbook. “We’re going to spin all of the coaches up. We’re going to educate them and they’re going to be teachers. We’re going to teach more than ever before to this group.”

Offensively, Mushtare said the no-huddle look the Jackets ran under Hoover largely will be disbanded. He also said OHS will run its offense out of a spread-formation alignment, along with running a lot of option.

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