BALDWIN - During the 2014 Baldwin football season, Maverick Fisher was a standout middle linebacker and fullback for the Panther football team. This year, he was an assistant coach for the varsity squad and coach for the junior high team.

Monday at the football field, Fisher and another former teammate and current assistant coach, Damon Nichols, were playing touch football with their players.

Fisher was a line coach for the varsity, which was 2-7. He and Nichols were co-coaches for a junior high team, which was 0-5-1.

"The junior high had a lot of adversity against us. We kind of got started late," Fisher said. "It put us in a difficult position. We had a lot of kids show up. Eligibility and behavior was a problem to start. Overall, they progressed and learned a lot.

"Damon contacted me when he was made known about the position here at Baldwin. He needed some help so he contacted me because I was taking a break from college. I was at Eastern Michigan but I'm transferring over to Ferris."

Now it's the offseason and Fisher wants to get the eighth graders ready for the varsity level. He's hoping to come back next year and feels the program is on the right path.

"The kids need to get more passion with the game again," he said. "They kind of lost it but are getting it back."