After 20 years around the gridiron with the privilege of coaching thousands of kids, the most important thing has always been to see players succeed and utilize their full potential. Now in his second year with the Mustangs and coming off a run to the district championship and Class 3 state quarterfinals, that mission continues.

The mission has never changed for Eldon defensive coordinator Greg Warlop.

After 20 years around the gridiron with the privilege of coaching thousands of kids, the most important thing has always been to see players succeed and utilize their full potential. Now in his second year with the Mustangs and coming off a run to the district championship and Class 3 state quarterfinals, that mission continues.

“I really enjoy watching kids succeed more than anything. It is just about work, them reaching their potential and just understanding that sometimes things are not going to go your way and what you are going to do when they don’t,” said Warlop who has learned how to work with different kids to reach that goal. “There are a lot of times when things don’t go your way and that is what most kids seem to miss so when things don’t go their way they quit. Well, I don’t give them that option.

“I like our kids. They are hard workers, want to be pushed and we are going to do that and do everything we can to get them ready to be as good as they can be.”

Warlop has made several stops in his coaching career between the high school and collegiate ranks with his longest tenure being a 12-year run at Division II Pittsburgh State in Pittsburgh, Kan., where he had the opportunity to work under Coach Chuck Broyles who is one of the winningest coaches in Division II history. The coach also spent a year at William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., served as a defensive coordinator for a year at Carl Junction High School and three years as an offensive coordinator at Mountain Grove High School before joining the Mustangs.

“There are lots of great memories,” Warlop said of the past two decades. “There are literally thousands of kids I’ve coached now and I always appreciate it when they write in. Even though I don’t truly believe I had anything to do with it when they did something great, that I find probably the most rewarding of anything.”

Warlop soon met former Head Coach Shannon Jolley and it did not take long for him to decide that Eldon was the right place to be.

“I met Coach Jolley through one of our mutual friends in Coach Glen Lemmon. Coach Lemmon said he (Jolley) needed some help and felt like he was doing the right thing so Jolley is who really brought me in,” Warlop recalled.

Now, there are a few new faces on the coaching staff as former offensive coordinator Chad Hult takes over the head coaching duties, but Warlop is looking forward to building new relationships and working with the crew to continue helping the program find success.

There are a lot of new faces which I haven’t spent a lot of time with, but obviously Coach Hult and Coach (Dylan) Davis are back so I’ve got some good time in with them and we got a little bit of rapport. With the other guys, we are just still kind of getting our feet wet and moving.

“Every stop that I’ve been there has been great coaches and great people. I really enjoy it when they’ve had success and they feel that it is something that everybody did to help that success.”

And Warlop intends to do everything in his power to see that success continue at Eldon.

“We are going to try to win and get our kids as good as they possibly can be. You never know what the future holds, but I’m here now and we are working to get better and that is what we are going to do,” he said.