North Bay Haven pushing for playoffs again

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - North Bay Haven's football team is settling into fall and the coaching style of new head coach Andy Siegal.

They're a big team, with 57 players rounding out the roster. The Buccaneers are also one of the youngest teams in the region, featuring only four seniors.

Siegal comes to North Bay Haven from Racine, Wisconsin. While at Racine Park and in previous stops at Key West and Venice, he earned a reputation as a re-builder. Seeing as the Bucs made the playoffs for the first time last year under Jeff Lee's guidance, Siegal's approach this season is different than usual.

"Everywhere else I've been, they couldn't spell win if you spotted them the w, the i, and the n," Siegal said. "Here, they know how to win. Coach Lee is the one that rebuilt it. I think the expectations are that we just show up and go to the playoffs. I think that's what I'm working on. They need to appreciate how hard it is to get to the playoffs."

North Bay Haven's returns are used to success and a certain coaching style. Through spring and summer, they're familiar enough with Siegal's methods. The one still getting comfortable is actually Siegal.

"Coach Lee did a really good job of having these guys prepared, so I think the culture shock for them is less than the culture shock I've had," Siegal admitted. "This is an A-plus school. Trying to get them coached up, they'll ask you a question and it's a good question! You've got to be on your toes here. You've got to be able to give a solid answer. You can't just say, ''cause it is' because they're going to interrogate you. [They're] great kids and it's enjoyable to work with them."

North Bay Haven plays in intrasquad scrimmage as part of BucFest on August 17th. hey'll open the season the following Friday against Rutherford.