New coach set to revive RCHS football

Aaron Kirchoff | Rushville RepublicanNew football coach Dan Rector talks with quarterback Mason Springman in the Lions’ season opening win over Milan.

RCHS hired Dan Rector to take the reins of the school’s football program. The new head coach has an extensive coaching background.

“My family is proud to be a part of the Rushville community,” Rector said. “It’s a gorgeous town.”

Rector was a four-sport athlete at Rockville High School. He achieved most athletic success playing football.

After high school, Rector played defensive end for Franklin College. He was a two-time defensive team captain.

Rector started his coaching career as a defensive coordinator in Brown County where he helped snap the longest active losing streak in Indiana at the time. This achievement propelled him into the spotlight of schools looking for coaches.

In 2003, Whiteland High School hired Rector as the freshman football coach. After one season, he was promoted to varsity defensive coordinator.

He served three deployments for the Army National Guard while coaching for Whiteland. He left Whiteland after 16 years to lead RCHS’s football program.

“I think the big thing you learn with coaching is that kids are always going to make mistakes,” Rector said. “You have to embrace your role as a mentor and not focus only on wins and losses. If you embrace that role and develop good relationships with your players, you’ll be more successful and find more enjoyment in coaching.”

Rector said he tries to imitate former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy’s coaching style. He appreciates how Dungy interacted with his players while displaying superb organization.

“Dungy had a higher reason for coaching,” Rector said. “He’s a teacher and a mentor foremost. I try to display appropriate emotions for various situations.”

Offensively, the team has been working on improving efficiency and reducing turnovers Rector said. He hopes fans notice their unique fly offense that only five schools in the state run.

Defensively, he wants his team to be more physical, swarm to the ball and tackle as a team better than last season.

“We have built our program to be a second half team,” Rector said. “We run a modified two platoon system, so you won’t see many kids playing both offense and defense.”

Rector’s new leadership is already paying dividends. On Friday, the team won 36-35 in its season opener against the Milan Indians.

Rector and his family weren’t attracted to Rushville by the coaching position alone.

“The city is part of the reason the coaching job was so appealing to my family,” Rector said. “My family and I love how the town revolves around the school system. We want our kids to graduate from Rushville.”

Contact: kraig.younts@rushvillerepublican.com

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