Former defensive coordinator takes over

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Coaching instability and New Palestine Football have been contrary notions. Through last season, the Dragons had employed only three head coaches since the varsity team’s 1968 inception.

But, when Tim Able abruptly resigned June 28 — 49 days before what would have been his fourth season-opener in southern Hancock County — the New Palestine gridiron machine was temporarily in disarray.

On such short notice, the Dragons turned to defensive coordinator Charlie Hill to keep things together. New Palestine named Hill, Able’s coordinator for three seasons and a Dragons assistant coach for seven total years, the interim head coach for this season. Offensive coordinator Jeremy Large was promoted to associate head coach to assist Hill with day-to-day responsibilities.

The Daily Reporter sat down with Hill earlier this week to discuss the sudden changes, and his plans for New Palestine football.

Are you surprised to be the head coach of the New Palestine football team?

“Going into that Thursday (June 28), we didn’t know anything, expect anything, hear anything, anticipate anything, and (Able) made that announcement after that whole morning workout was over. So, yeah, surprised from that standpoint.

“Two weeks ago, I sure wasn’t planning on being the head coach of anything. I just was anticipating working in the same role and doing the same thing and working together to help him have success here at what we were doing.”

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