By MICKEY ALVARADO
Former Tecumseh High School varsity wrestling coach Tim Connors will be working side by side with Clinton’s varsity wrestling coach this season as the assistant for the Redskins’ squad.
Connors said that he wasn’t ready to retire as a coach just yet and was happy to lend a hand to Clinton coach Kevin Beazley. His son Kevin Connors has also joined the squad as a volunteer assistant. Clinton’s assistants from last season, Jim Fulger and Chad Roush, left to finish schooling at college, according to Beazley.
“Tim Connors and his son Kevin decided to come on board here at Clinton, and I’m excited about that,” said Beazley. “They bring a wealth of knowledge. Tim, of course, has a lot of experience coaching.”
Beazley was pleased that his new assistant’s vast knowledge of the sport will allow him to get more hands on with his wrestlers.
“I can actually wrestle and get in with the guys when he’s running practice and vice versa,” said Beazley. “It makes me a little bit more versatile.”
Coach Connors still has his son, Kyle, wrestling for Tecumseh as a senior but it is doubtful they will face each other from across the mats. Beazley said the Redskins only see the Indians once during the season.
“We probably won’t even see them until the county meet,” said Beazley. “We’re not going to Tecumseh this year. The latest date backed us up a week. We always go to Fenton that weekend. Casey had to move his tournament back a week too, so we’re going to be at Fenton.”
The only home dual meet the Redskins have scheduled this season is on Saturday, Dec. 2, against Ida and Blissfield. The only other time Clinton is at home is during the Redskins’ annual Dave Elliott Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 9.
Clinton’s varsity wrestling team has several state qualifiers returning and a new assistant coach, Tim Connors, this season. Photo by Mickey Alvarado