Lake Shore High School will be bringing in a new face to the school. Stephen Hendershot will be joining Lake Shore as the new head varsity coach for Lake Shore’s Wrestling team this 2018 – 2019 season.
Coach Hendershot’s experience goes all the way back to when he was in middle school and has helped withhold his credibility. Hendershot stated, “I started wrestling in 8th grade to stay in shape for football. By the time I was a senior, I had won counties, leagues, and was all state. This proves you don’t have to wrestle your whole life to be a competitive wrestler.”
Some people tend to move on from their past and move toward their future. Hendershot decided to return to one of the things that he loves: wrestling. He said, “After college, I decided to help coach. I helped over a dozen kids win many all state awards. At one point the school I coached at had at least one all state wrestler for 19 straight years. As an athlete and coach I was a part of I think ten regional championships and a dozen district championships.”
There is always a reason someone wants or does not wish to do something, and Hendershot had a very good reason for wanting to be a coach. He explained, “My favorite thing about coaching? It’s watching kids growing into confident young adults. Watching a kid as a freshman not really having a grasp on what’s going on. Then 4 years later, they are walking around with beat up ears, with their chest puffed up, expecting to win and not afraid of a kid’s record, is something special. It’s even more special when they come back after college, or the military, and they’ve taken that confidence they got from high school wrestling of all things, and carried it to the next level of life and have become successful.”
The former head varsity coach, Sam Leto, coached Lake Shore’s wrestling team from 2015 – 2018. He also coached Lake Shore’s varsity football team and varsity softball team as well. After coaching here for years, Leto decided to part ways from Lake Shore’s athletic program. Leto will be joining Macomb Community College’s wrestling coaching staff for their second season this year.