Salt Fork under new leadership with familiar face


CATLIN, Ill (WCIA) — The Salt Fork Storm have a new head football coach for the first time in 17 seasons, as Joe Hageman takes over for Brian Plotner.

Plotner spent 21 years with Salt Fork, the final 17 as head coach. Hageman has been on the staff as an assistant under Plotner for the last 13 of those seasons, now he’s the head man.

Hageman says the running backs are the heartbeat of the offense, while linebacker is what makes the defense go.

“The opportunity to work with the senior group, they’ve been so good in the offseason as far as buying into what I wanted from the program, and helping me get the younger kids bought it, and so I’m really looking forward to helping them have a great senior season for all the work they’ve done for me in the offseason,” Hageman said.

“I think we’re expecting and like really working for trying to get to week 10, and beyond that. but we just really want to come out this year,” quarterback Josh Weller said. “I think we’re closer as a team than we were last year.”

Salt Fork opens the season August 31st hosting South Beloit.

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