It's a new era for Lakeshore football.
Bryan Keim conducted his first practice as the Lancers' new Head Football Coach Monday as Lakeshore opened up pre-season camp in Stevensville.
The 33-year-old takes the reigns from the legendary Denny Dock, who was head football coach for 33 years, including the last 26 with the Lancers.
In his final season in 2013, Dock led Lakeshore to the state semifinals. Keim was his defensive coordinator and now takes the reign looking to continue the Lakeshore way.
"One of the things we are going to do is respect those that played before us and set this great foundation, this great tradition," Keim explains. "We're going to put our piece in the puzzle and we're going to take pride doing that."
Lakeshore returns seven starters on defense and three starters on offense.
"I'm looking forward to a great year and expectations have not dropped since last year," adds senior quarterback Chayse Magrane. "We're trying to reach Ford Field this year. Trying to get one step further."
The seniors say it helps that Keim has been with the program the last two years.
"it's been a pretty easy situation," senior safety Erik Schmidt says of the transition. "We switched over pretty well. He brings a lot of different stuff to the table but we're young and he's young and we kind of relate and adapt to him pretty well."
"I think he brings a lot to the table," Magrane says. "He's upbeat, up pace and no time to stop with him here."
Lakeshore will host Battle Creek Central in the season opener on Thursday August 28th.