NEW PALESTINE — More than once the last several seasons, the New Palestine football program’s defense has been the deciding factor in the team’s on-field success.
So, it makes sense that the Dragons will turn to the architect of that defense in the program’s time of need.
New Palestine named Charlie Hill interim head coach for the 2012 campaign Monday, replacing Tim Able, who resigned June 28 after three seasons.
Hill was the defensive coordinator for Able and was an assistant coach for four years under Able’s predecessor, Doug Armstrong. In Able’s three seasons, the Hill-led defense posted seven shutouts. Last fall, the Dragons allowed only 12.2 points, the 14th best defensive average in the state while New Palestine finished the season 11-1.
“What he’s done with the defense speaks for itself,” New Palestine athletic director Al Cooper said. “He’s also been a big part of our youth football program for many years. He’s really helped build New Palestine football to what it is today.
“He knows the kids, knows the community. He’ll do a great job.”