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KALAMAZOO (WQLR) – “It’s easy to lead when your team is 5-0,” WMU senior linebacker Kyle Lark says with a smile, adding “True leaders lead when times are tough, and that’s what we’re developing on this team.”
Times are certainly tough for Western Michigan football, starting the season 0-5 after Saturday’s 32-14 loss in the MAC opener at home against Kent State Their program and their first year head coach are under the microscope of everyone in Kalamazoo and around the world of college football.
From jumping into a frozen pond to upgrading the turf and the atmosphere on Saturday’s at Waldo Stadium, Coach Fleck has been the public figure for culture change that is happening for Bronco Football. An important piece of the culture change that isn’t so visible is the evolution of the leadership within the team itself.
A Leadership Council comprised of representatives from each class meet with Fleck weekly to discuss issues within the team that could be holding them back.
The members of the Leadership Council were voted on by the team.
“It’s an honor to be a part of it because you were voted on by your teammates,” said Lark.
The obvious obstacle facing a team with an 0-5 record is energy and morale. Lark says the energy their coach approaches everything with has a trickledown effect.
“It all starts with Coach Fleck, his energy and enthusiasm is passed on to us and we pass it down to the younger guys to keep everyone motivated.”
Western Michigan (0-5, 0-1 MAC) travels to Toledo (2-3, 1-1) on Saturday October 5th. Listen to Robin Hook and John Creek starting at 2 pm on 96.5 FM WZOX.