Tonight, one of West High’s top student-athletes returns to show the teachers what he’s learned.
Steven Wichman, West High Class of 2002, now in his second year as Lathrop High’s head varsity football coach, will lead the Spartan team against his former sophomore football coach and baseball coach, Steve Anastasio, head coach of the Wolf Pack varsity team.
“It’s nice to see someone who came through your program take on being a coach,” Anastasio said. “This will be the first time that one of my guys has become a varsity head coach, so it’s exciting, and you never know what’s going to happen.”
Wichman was the quarterback for Anastasio’s sophomore football team in 1999. He went on to play as West’s varsity quarterback for two years under then-coach Steve Lopez. He also played three years of varsity baseball under Anastasio.
In his senior year, he earned West’s John C. Kimball Award for football, the school’s Outstanding Senior Male Athlete of the Year title and a place on the 2002 Lions All Star football team.
“As a player and alumnus at West High, I have a lot of memories of inspirational coaches that mentored me,” Wichman said. “It is going to be emotional because of the memories and how it’s made an impact on my adult life.”
The two coaches worked together for three years at Kimball High, from 2010 to 2012, when Anastasio was the Jaguars’ varsity coach and Wichman was the sophomore coach. Wichman was also an assistant coach for the first year of Kimball High football in 2009.
This year, he returns with a Spartan team that includes 16 returning seniors, including nine starters from 2013.
“We also have a good supporting cast from the junior class,” Wichman said. “It should be a genuinely good game.”
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