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Strecker named Waterford football coach

John Strecker is a Waterford High School football lifer. He played for Waterford. He's been an assistant coach for 20 years at Waterford.

Strecker now gets to lead the program where he's devoted so much time, energy and passion.

He was officially announced as the Lancers' new head coach on Monday by athletic director Dave Sousa.

Strecker takes over for Mike Ellis, who resigned last December after 14 seasons as head coach and accepted the same position at Fitch last month.

"I've been with the program a long time," Strecker said. "I've been thinking about (being head coach) for a while. I thought that the next time it opened - and I didn't wish Mike Ellis anything bad - but the next time it was open, I wanted it.

"I've worked for three different head coaches. I've seen things that have worked and have some ideas about some other things I'd like to try. I'd like to take the program up to the next step."

Waterford finished 5-6 last season. The Lancers have qualified for the postseason three times (2000, 2003 and 2011) since the CIAC began sponsoring its state playoffs in 1976, including twice under Ellis.

"I've known John for a long time," Sousa said. "He coached under me when I was head coach, and you couldn't find a better person to get the program in a good direction. He's got great integrity and love of the game.

"He's worked under a lot of different coaches, so he's had a chance to experience a lot. We've very excited to have him lead the program."

n.griffen@theday.com

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