By Matt Browning
Trenton Douglas, a three-sport coach at Southeast of Saline, just completed is 10th year at Southeast of Saline, as an assistant coach for the Trojans’ football, basketball and track and field programs.
“I hope I have a positive impact on the kids and have helped them become better players and better men,” Douglas said. “I have been very fortunate to be able to help some outstanding coaches in boys’ basketball (Bryson Flax, Jeff Wells, Chance Ptacek) and football (Mitch Gebhardt) and their leadership in guiding extremely successful programs has been a huge influence on myself and our boys.”
Southeast of Saline has had some significant success in boys’ basketball since Douglas has been on staff and those memories stand out more than others.
“I have had the good fortune of being an assistant on all three state tournament teams, each team finishing in third place,” Douglas said. “Those runs through the sub-state championship, all the way to the Saturday game at the state tournament have been amazing experiences. I have had the privilege to coach some of the best teams ever to play at SES.”
Douglas is a 1996 graduate of Southeast of Saline, so the allure of working and coaching at home is something that he doesn’t see going away anytime soon.
“Working at SES and being able to experience a lot of success where you grew up is very fulfilling and gives me a great sense of pride,” Douglas said. “I can’t say that I wouldn’t ever leave because you never know what opportunities may arise in the future, but I enjoy what I do and work with excellent people and kids at SES.”