There's a new face and a new voice of Lincoln Southeast football.
Ryan Gottula takes over a Knights program looking for a third-straight trip to the state playoffs.
"It's a program that's very rich in tradition with tremendous history and it's an honor to lead the program, I'm excited to get going," Gottula said.
John Larsen helped put the program back on the map, but after an off-field incident, Larsen was let go and Gottula replaced his mentor.
"Obviously, it's a tough situation but, you know, trying to work through it, being able to bring the entire staff back and the continuity is good for the kids and good for all of us," Gottula said.
Senior lineman Sam Cotton commented, "Completely different styles of coaches, but Coach Larsen was a great coach and I think Coach Gottula's gonna step up and do the same. He's a great motivator, he really knows what he's talking about and all the guys respect him."
Now the first time head coach is bring a new-found energy to the Southeast huddle. Gottula was in the middle of the action on day one, something his players love.
"I just like the fact that he's young and he gets after it and he's enthusiastic," Robbie LaFlour said.
"I love the game, I'm excited to be out here every day and fun to be around the kids, hopefully it keeps me young for a while, hopefully I bring some energy to it and keep it going," Gottula said.
Gottula looks to lead the Knights to a 10-win season and a repeat