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New A-P football coach takes the field

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PARKERSBURG (KWWL) -- Aplington-Parkersburg football is known for having a winning tradition and no one knows that better than those who have been apart of it. That's why school officials made it priority to find a head coach who had a close connection to the school. A-P alum Alex Pollock fit that mold perfectly.

"It just seemed like this was the perfect fit. If they wanted me it seemed it could work out and very excited to be back coaching in my home town," said Pollock.

Alex Pollock was part of the 2001 championship team and went on to play linebacker at Wartburg College. Most recently Pollock worked as the co-defensive coordinator for Augsburg College in Minneapolis.

The reason to come back home for Pollock was simple, he said he needed A-P football more than A-P football needed him.

"I felt like I had a good understanding of it and we'll very similar to that from here on out. It won't be exactly the same as Coach Thomas had it but our practice structure is very similar, our off season structure is very similar. We tried not to change too much because we didn't feel like it was broken in the first place so we'll take it and run with it," said Pollock.

On Friday night it will be a dream come true for Pollock, but also a little bitter sweet leading his team on the field.

"I think it's going to be a crazy mix of emotions. one it will be very exciting just to do something I never thought I would have the opportunity to do, something you want to do, but never thought it would happen, but in the same sense that says this is Coach Thomas's job and he's the only guy you would picture leading this team out onto the field," said Pollock.

As for Coach Pollock's plans for the future, he's going back and getting a substitute teacher's license. He is also planning on getting a teaching degree. He says he's at Aplington-Parkersburg for the long haul.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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