Chris Fried Takes Over as Mossyrock Football Coach
By Matt Baide
With the opening game at home against South Bend a few weeks away, the Mossyrock Vikings will open the 2018 football season with a new head coach in Chris Fried.
Fried is a graduate of Mossyrock and has coached youth football in Mossyrock for four years and has helped out with the high school team.
“It’s awesome, I’m pretty excited about that,” Fried said.
The Vikings were winless last season and Fried knows this will be a rebuilding year for Mossyrock football.
“I need the kids to believe in themselves, need them to believe in the coaching staff, that hard work will pay off eventually,” Fried said.
The team graduated just two seniors from last year’s team and had some players shine late in the season, including Torre Villanueva and Brennan Shriver.
“We’re young. They have high expectations and they’re excited,” Fried said.
Fried will also be able to coach his son, Nick, in his senior season.
“It’s nothing new for me, I coached him in youth football,” Fried said. “I’m pretty excited about that for his high school senior season.”
The Vikings will have a tough road in the River Division, facing defending state champion Kalama and other quality teams in Toledo and Wahkiakum.
“Our league is going to be tough. We have some non-league games hopefully we can compete against,” Fried said. “I’m not counting on a real successful season. It will be a success in getting the kids to believe in the program again, try to build the numbers back up. Success this year will be a couple wins and to teach these kids what it feels like to win again, start believing in themselves again.”
If he’s able to get the team to believe in the program again, Fried hopes it will permeate throughout the community.
“I’d like to get the community to believe in the program again. More backing behind us, more community support at the games, that’s one of my other goals,” Fried said. “I’ve got a long road ahead of me. It’s going to be a tough go to get it to where I feel it needs to be, but you’ve got to start somewhere.”