TARPON SPRINGS — Mike Lube came seemingly from nowhere, an assistant coach at Countryside who had quietly but efficiently done his job.Now as head coach at Tarpon Springs, Lube is trying to shove this team, this program, back to where it belongs: at the top of the district standings.The Spongers were on the verge of getting there with district runnerup finishes the past two seasons and a region semifinal appearance in 2013 under former coach Ron Hawn. Lube's task was made more difficult considering the program has gone through a complete makeover this offseason. Not only did Hawn leave, but so did most of the assistants. Graduation also took away the team's leading quarterback (Brandon Casler), rusher (Michael Ford) and receivers (Daniel Davis and Mitch Wilcox) from last season.Still, Lube has not wavered from his ultimate goal of winning a district title."What's fun about coming in coaching every day is we don't know exactly who is going to do it and step up and be a starter each day," Lube said. "We just know that we're going to coach them up. We've got a job to do. "I've set the bar high for these guys. I told them I want to win a district championship. There's no other reason to be out there, and I want to hold them to that level."The biggest thing Lube wanted to establish was a strong work ethic in the offseason. "They're getting to lifting," Lube said. They're working a lot harder than they ever have before. They're still kind of getting acclimated to a new system and coaching staff."Besides bulking up in the weight room, the Spongers have also bulked up the roster. Lube said he had 85 players out in the offseason with roughly 55 on varsity. There is competition across the board, too. At quarterback, Jerome Fowler and Justice Parham are battling to be the starter. This summer, Tarpon Springs also received an unexpected bonus with the addition of running back Malik Cobb and receiver DeAndre Hopkins, both Gulf transfers. That gives the Spongers more talent — and competition — at the skill positions.Will it be enough to unseat Lakewood as the district champion? "We're hoping to be there," Lube said. "We're better than we were in the spring, but we're not where we need to be yet. We have a lot of potential. It just depends on if the kids are able to pick up the way we're trying to practice, which is at a championship level." Contact Bob Putnam at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow @BobbyHomeTeam.