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Buccaneer makeover

Matt DeYoung • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:50 PM
mdeyoung@grandhaventribune.com 616-842-6400 ext. 232

The Buccaneers' football program is heading in a new direction, transitioning from a finesse spread attack to a more hard-nosed, gritty style of play.

With that change of philosophy comes a new look, highlighted by a new logo, which was unveiled to the team late last week.

The new logo harkens back to an old logo — a yellow Buccaneer flag bearing a white skull and a pair of criss-crossed swords.

The logo features a new twist as well — a small bubble between the swords with the letters "GH" in the center.

The logo will be placed on the Bucs' navy blue mat-finished helmets with blue facemasks, which debuted last season.

The logo replaces the previous helmet decal that featured the word "BUCS" atop a pirate sword. Additionally, the yellow stripe down the center of the helmet is gone.

"We really like them, and the kids are fired up about it, so that's a good thing," said new head coach Jason Duram.

Duram was promoted to head coach this past May, replacing Mike Farley, who left to accept a coaching position in Georgia.

"Once the head coaching position was finally settled, Coach (Nate) Smith and myself got together," Duram said. "We've always liked the flag, both Nate and myself, so we looked at that.

"It's not a new concept in the fact that we've had flags before, the skull and the crossed swords. Coach Smith started making some drawings, and he has some friends in that industry, so they started working on it and it all came together that way."

Duram said he feels the new logo encapsulates the new direction of the program.

Read more of this story in today's print edition or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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