PLAIN CITY -- You are not just a football player at Fremont High.
"Our program is trying to reach excellence in all areas of our lives, and guess what, hard work is part of that," said Fremont coach Kory Bosgieter. "I can handle losing, but not being outworked. Being outworked is intolerable."
Bosgieter puts a premium on high-character guys within the Silver Wolves' program.
"I think a lot of that came from coach Budge and Dick Conolly was big on character," he said. "That was a big point with coach Budge, and I have really tried to take it to another level."
Bosgieter played football for the late Thom Budge at Bonneville -- Budge had 237 career wins spanning 31 years with the 1980 state 4-A title -- and Conolly, who is also deceased, won the 1971 2-A boys basketball title plus the 1988 state 4-A track and field championship at Weber High.
"What we do is not for everybody," Bosgieter said. "You have to make some values a part of your life if you're going to want to win with us.
"We have a good venue for teaching this, and football is the best platform for teaching that," he said. "Adversity is life, and kids practicing in 100-degree temperatures is adversity.
"Every day in real life you face adversity. Then how do you deal with it?" Bosgieter said. "I'm not teaching this, I'm reinventing it."
With Fremont's back-to-back 5-A runner-up teams in 2010 and 2011, Bosgieter just reinforced the learning curve.
"Those kids had it coming in," Bosgieter said. "They had been taught before they got to us and it starts at home. Being a good person and being accountable leads to winning and hard-working kids.
"There will be tweaks every year on offense, defense and special teams," he said. "That doesn't mean we're perfect or ever have been. Perfection makes you successful. We're not there and we're striving for it."
This season's team is talented, but lacks varsity game experience.
"There hasn't been any room for complacency," Bosgieter said. "Every year is different. We're going to make mistakes, so a key will be how soon we eliminate those.
"Being attentive and diligent is not a switch you can turn on," he said. "It's striving for excellence in everything we do -- football, school work and in the community. We're not the only school that does it."
Given a choice, Bosgieter will take an average-talent kid with high character every time.
"When you have that, you have something special," he said. "We don't quite know where everybody is, and we're still plugging guys into different spots.
"There are still a lot of position battles going on for starters. We're trying to be the best football team we can be," Bosgieter said. "We need to score more and give up less, but the bottom line is taking care of the football. Our defensive goal is to be +3 each week, and obviously our offense has to help us in that."
The Silver Wolves return only two starters in their multiple-formation offense; they have three returnees in their 4-3 defense.
"I like our youth," he said. "We don't have a lot of seniors, and as the season goes on you'll see more sophomores playing. When you start 0-6, there is a lot of self-evaluation. It starts with how you come to practice. There are areas we've identified where we need to do a better job. We're working toward that and trying to get better."
Bosgieter is 31-26 at Fremont -- which celebrates its 20th anniversary this fall -- in five seasons and 80-67 spanning his 14-year high school career.
This is Bosgieter's 25th year as a football coach with a 1999 state 4-A title at Weber.