The Springfield School Board honored the Springfield High School Cougar football team and coach Tom Kline for their success on the field at Thursday’s meeting.
“I want to thank all of you,” Coach Kline said. “For my five years as a football coach, and the last two as the head coach, I’ve received nothing but support from the district and that makes everything that much more enjoyable.”
The Cougars went 9-1 this season, finishing second in the league and qualifying for the district playoffs.
“I need to acknowledge our seniors,” Kline said. “We were as successful as we were because of them.”
Kline added that this year’s team has more players going on to play in college than any other team in his tenure and probably more players than Springfield has had in a long time.
“My proudest moment doesn’t come on the field, but in June, when the players graduate and move on.”
Besides the players and the district, Kline also thanked the parents, the fans at games and the district superintendent Dr. James Capolupo.
“The plan is to keep our level of success every year and for years to come,” Kline said.