By Mark Schremmer
Globe Sports Writer
The Southeast Lancers have announced the hirings of new head coaches for the football and girls basketball programs.
Former Neodesha and Emporia assistant coach Jacob Lott will take over the football program for Clint Rider, who left to become the head coach at Hesston. Derek Sanders, who graduated from Oswego High School and coached boys basketball at Oxford and St. John, will lead the Lancer girls.
Lott hopes to build on what Rider started. Southeast finished 6-3 this past fall after going 1-8 in 2011.
“I believe we can be successful there,” Lott said. “The last coach really did a good job starting things. Hopefully I keep it going in the right direction.”
Lott graduated from Topeka’s Seaman High School in 2004 and from Emporia State University in 2009. He was a running back for one season at Benedictine and one season at Emporia State.
He served as an assistant coach at Emporia High for three seasons and at Neodesha High for three seasons. At Neodesha, Lott coached the running backs and defensive backs and helped the Bluestreaks to a 7-3 record and a trip to the Class 3A playoffs in 2012.
He plans to run an option-based spread offense, which will be similar to what Rider installed.
Lott said he met with the players and is excited about getting started this summer.
“I’m excited to take it over,” Lott said. “The kids are hungry, and I’m hungry. I think that’s a good combination.”
Sanders, who graduated from Oswego High in 1993 and Pittsburg State University in 1998, was head boys basketball coach at Oxford for three seasons before working at St. John for 12 years.
He hasn’t coached girls basketball before but can get advice from his father Larry Sanders, who coached at Erie and Oswego for many years.
Sanders said he will let his players’ abilities dictate the Lancers’ style of play.
“I think a good coach adjusts to the players he has,” Sanders said. “My teams have played fast, and we’ve played faster. But the common thing is that you have to play good defense.”
Southeast principal Larry Malle said he expects both coaches to succeed.
“We’re excited to have both of those hires in place,” Malle said. “Both are in good positions to get things going. We’re looking forward to next year.”
Malle said Southeast should name a new athletic director next month.