High School Football

Nashville names longtime assistant as new football coach

Steve Kozuszek was named the new head football coach for the Nashville Hornets on Wednesday.

Kozuszek, 31, has been an assistant with the program for the past seven years, serving as offensive coordinator the past four seasons. He takes over for Tim Kuhn, who resigned after the 2016 season to take the head football coaching job at Brentwood High School in Brentwood, Mo.

Kozuszek, who graduated from Nashville in 2004 and was a quarterback for the Hornets, also serves as the pitching coach for the Hornets’ baseball team.

“I think the River-to-River Conference is one of the best small-school conferences in the state. The way to assure yourself a playoff berth is to win the conference, so that’s what one of our goals will be every year,” Kozuszek said. “We have a tremendous tradition in football here at Nashville. I’m looking forward to and am excited about helping this program continue that success.”

The Hornets were 22-11 in Kuhn’s final three years and 26-25 during his five-year stint at Nashville.

Though it is traditionally a team that relies heavily on a powerful running attack and ball-control offense, Nashville has gotten more balanced in the past few years.

“Actually we’ve broken the school record for passing yards in each of the last two years,” Kozuszek said. “We’re going to try and have a balanced attack. We have good athletes, and we’re going to go with our strengths. But we’re not going to force it. We’re going to take what is working and build upon that.”