Game Changer: Mike Houston, Lenoir-Rhyne Football
Updated: Thursday, December 19 2013, 03:07 PM EST
Mike Houston has done an outstanding job as the football coach at Lenoir-Rhyne. After losing the first game of the season, the Bears have won 13 games in a row to advance all the way to the Division II National Championship game.
Mike Houston says, "They have worked so hard to be here. I want to make sure everybody enjoys themselves and has fun and enjoys the journey."
Houston's positive attitude permeates through all the players. Quarterback, Josh Justice began the season as the third-string signal caller. After injuries knocked out the starting quarterback and the backup, Justice stepped into the starting role and has played the best football of his career.
Josh Justice says, "All of a sudden, my number got called. I gotta give glory to God for having another chance to get out there and really love football again."
Mike Houston says, "It says a lot about his character that he was ready when his number was called."
Luke Notestine says, "In just his third season as Head Coach at Lenoir-Rhyne, Coach Houston has led the Bearcats to the Division II National Championship game. When you talk to his players, they'll tell you that they've learned so much more than just football. They have learned to become better men."
O'neil Blake says, "This team reflects exactly how Coach Houston is. Hard-nosed, disciplined, attention to detail Head Coach."
Houston still has strong ties to the Asheville area. He was the football coach at T.C. Roberson from 2001-2005. When he left Roberson, he had the highest winning percentage of any football coach in school history.
Mike Houston says, "When I think of Asheville and T.C. Roberson, I have all positive memories. It was a great time in my life."
A victory Saturday against Northwest Missouri State would be the first Division II National Championship for any private institution. Mike Houston will do anything in his power to get his guys prepared for that huge ballgame.