Legendary Teutopolis coach Lawrence Carie is his grandfather, and Rincker says he has soaked in plenty of knowledge from the Wooden Shoes' great."He was even my coach back whenever I was a kid," Rincker says. "I try to draw a lot of knowledge from him and take what I can."If Carie's success is any indicator, St. Anthony may have just struck gold. Carie directed the Teutopolis program for 23 years from the 1950s to the early 80s, winning 443 games with a winning percentage above 70 percent. For Rincker, the spotlight is nothing new, and he says he is ready to rise to the occasion, despite his tender age, at one of the area's most history-laden programs."I know with age comes experience and a lot of things, but I think through my years in college and with Greg and Ryan (Beccue) helping me out over at St. Elmo, I've learned a lot," he says. "I'm sure there's going to be things I'm going to learn, but I'm willing to go through it and learn from the mistakes."Even after a down season this winter, Rincker knows the weight the St. Anthony name still carries. Playing or coaching for the Bulldogs, you've got to prepared for the other team's best effort each night, he said."That's what you live for," he says. "If you're an athlete, a competitor, you want everyone's best challenge, you want that mark on your back."St. Anthony will put in some extra work this offseason to get back to top form, starting with open gyms and summer camps to get familiar with Rincker's style of play.
He says he favors the motion offense and man-to-man on the defensive end, but that he doesn't have one set style."I think it depends on when I get into an open gym and see what our strengths and weaknesses are," he says. "As far as offense goes, it may be a few different things. Defensively, it comes down to toughness."Just a few years removed from slapping the floor and sinking into his defensive stance, Rincker still has plenty of toughness left in the tank. He's hoping he can inject that same lunch-pail attitude into the Bulldogs."The biggest thing I'm looking for is for them to just be working hard," he says. "When that happens, the sky is the limit."
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