Drew Gordon Leads New Era of Essex Football

ESSEX, Vt. - Essex Football begins a new era this season as Drew Gordon takes over as the Hornet's head coach.  Gordon admits it is a bit surreal returning to the team that taught him what he knows today.

He explains, "My journey in football has gone full circle.  I played here, I coached here while I was in college and then I played on the Ice Storm and continued to coach here, and even at Milton I coached here for a year."

Milton is the place Gordon last coached at and he's still a teacher at the school.  Now replacing Charlie Burnett, he brings along a coaching style, the Hornets haven't as of late.

Senior running back Jordan Hines says, "He definitely brings a new energy that Coach Burnett maybe not had when he was here.  At the same time, he's bring a lot of new stuff in here, so getting used to that could be difficult and we'll see what happens.  I think we have the athletes to do it."

Coach Gordon wants to get to know and and help them grow into men.  His motto: Determination, resilience and intrinsic motivation lead to virtuous excellence.  A mouthful, so he just calls it: 'DRIVE.' An attribute the Hornets hope will bring them to beyond the playoffs, and to the next level.

"We got a lot of guys playing with fire in 'em this year," explains senior quarterback Cameron Quinn, "They want to do something.  You know we're trying something new so we don't know how we're gonna perform yet.  Hopefully in the right direction."

Essex opens the season Friday, September 1, against the South Burlington Wolves.


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