The Crawfordsville Athenians have a football coach. It was announced on Thursday that Mike Hammons would take over the varsity head coaching position that was vacated last fall with the resignation of Sean Gerold. Hammons was hired at Crawfordsville High School over the summer to be a P.E. teacher, track coach, and offensive coordinator on the football team. His previous experience includes being an assistant coach at Lafayette Central Catholic.

"We are very excited about hiring Mike Hammons," explained Crawfordsville Athletic Director Bryce Barton. "His experience at Central Catholic and the success they've had over there shows that he knows what it takes to be successful. He knows what it takes to win."

Barton added that Hammons was still formulating his coaching staff and that a number of individuals within Crawfordsville High School were providing assistance and being considered for the staff. Hammons was also excited to be at the helm.

"I wouldn't say that there are going to be a lot of changes, but we are going to do some more disciplined things and work on getting down to the fundamentals," said Hammons. "We are going to implement the run-and-shoot offense, which is similar to what we did last season and is what CC does. We are going to go with a 3-4 defense which is different than the 3-3 stack that was run before."

In regards to his staff, Hammons explained that he was talking to members of the faculty that were interested as well as lay coaches. He did confirm that Josiah Roberts would return as the defensive coordinator. Hammons also said that he was pleased with the effort he has seen so far by individuals doing off season workout and said that there is a renewed intensity among some.