Sign In | Create an Account | Welcome, . My Account | Logout | Subscribe | Submit News | Staff Contacts | Home RSS

Mohring takes over as head football coach at Bishop Verot

December 19, 2019
By CJ HADDAD ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Early last week, a changing of the guard took place at one of the most successful football programs in Lee County in the 2019 season.

Bishop Verot High School announced this week that defensive coordinator John Mohring will be taking over as head coach of his alma mater, a team that put together an impressive 9-3 campaign last year and made it to the Class 3A regional finals. Former head coach Josh Vogelbach will remain on as offensive coordinator.

Mohring, a former linebacker at the professional level and collegiate coach, said he was grateful to be given the opportunity to become the head coach of a Verot football program he is truly passionate about.

Article Photos

Bishop Verot Head Football Coach John Mohring

"My first reaction was one of gratitude," Mohring said. "Although it's a decision that was in the works, it's still incredibly meaningful to be named head coach at my alma mater."

If you've spent any time on the sidelines at a Bishop Verot football game this past year, you know Mohring has a special connection with his players.

After the Vikings fell in the regional playoff game in November, senior linebacker and one of Lee County's top defensive players, Derrick Erickson, had glowing praise for Morhing.

"I've got the best coach in probably the whole entire state of Florida," Erickson said. "He's pushing me, he's making sure I've got my head in a straight line, and I'm fighting between the lines."

It's testimony such as that from players and his fellow coaches that makes Mohring a great coach not just on the field, but outside of football as well.

Mohring is poised and ready to continue to build a program that was just one play away from a regional final win and a trip to the state semifinals.

"I believe we are the best around in terms of developing our student-athletes," Mohring said. "We run our program much like a college program -- this instills a tremendous amount of accountability and dedication to one another as a team. We've spent a great deal of time building a culture of selflessness, and in doing so, we get to know our athletes and their families on a more personal level."

Mohring said the staff surrounding the Bishop Verot football program is one he's confident in. He hopes to only bolster their knowledge and prowess moving forward into next season.

"We truly have an amazing staff," Mohring said. "Everyone on the staff knows my expectations and vision for the program. My job is to ensure everything we do supports that vision. I believe in empowering our coaches and allowing them to coach in the way that they know best. I'm pretty confident the rest will fall into place."

Vogelbach also offered his words of confidence in Mohring. The two were teammates at Verot when they were in high school.

"The past three years as the head coach at Bishop Verot High School have been a blessing," Vogelbach said in a statement. "I am grateful I have the chance to hand it over to a great friend John Mohring. He deserves this more than anybody I know and is the guy to take this program to the next level. I look forward to continuing as the Offensive Coordinator and helping Verot get to where it needs to be."

Mohring said the bond between the two is a strong one.

"It's not often that a head coach steps down to allow his coordinator to take the reins," Mohring said. "It speaks to the strength of our friendship and the mutual respect we have for one another. Josh was my QB in high school and anyone who has played football or any team sport understands the unique bond amongst teammates. For the past three years, we've made decisions together based on what is best for our athletes and for the Bishop Verot football program. It's my feeling that we'll continue to lean on one another moving forward because we both have the program's best interest(s) at heart."

More than anything, Mohring feels that Bishop Verot is truly his home, as the former All-American linebacker at Georgia Southern (fifth all-time in tackles) could have pursued a position at a higher level after the season his defense put together. Mohring has also coached at Valdosta State College, Arkansas State College and Tusculum College before returning to Verot in 2017.

"Bishop Verot is a special place," Mohring said. "I moved from New York to Florida when I was a sophomore in high school and drove from Naples each day just to attend Verot. Now, I walk through the same hallways nearly 20 years later, and those same teachers are the first ones to extend a hug and congratulate me on our team's success. That's a feeling I don't think I will be able to replicate elsewhere. It's the same sense of family and community that I experienced as a student at Verot. Bishop Verot has an amazing administration, our school spirit is unprecedented and our academics are top-notch. It's human nature to think the grass is greener on the other side, I just know better. "

When asked what he's most looking forward to next season, Mohring had just one word: "Winning."

-Connect with this reporter on Twitter: @haddad_cj



I am looking for:
News, Blogs & Events Web