The Paper file photo by Lori Poteet<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Josh Thompson was named the new North Montgomery head football coach Friday.
The Paper file photo by Lori Poteet

Josh Thompson was named the new North Montgomery head football coach Friday.
LINDEN-After 14 years as an assistant, Josh Thompson will now be the man in charge of the North Montgomery football program. Athletic Director Matt Merica announced the promotion Friday.

"I am excited for coach Thompson and the future of the Charger football program," said Merica in the press release. "Josh brings a sense of stability and knowledge of our current system. We anticipate keeping our veteran coaching staff intact that will help the transition of a new head coach."

Thompson has been defensive coordinator for the last decade. He will become the fifth head football coach since the school opened in 1971. Thompson replaces Charley German, who was the varsity football coach for 25 years, amassing a record of 179-94. German announced his retirement March 11.

"The goals for North Montgomery football, as long as I have ever known, are to win county, conference and sectional," said Thompson. "We want to play for championships. We want to continue that. We want to continue the work ethic that we've tried to instill in the kids and I think that starts from the top down.

"I don't think you'll notice any major changes, especially early on," added Thompson when asked about schemes and packages. "The idea is to keep the staff intact that we have. We work very well together. When Charley was coaching we had a lot of input. "

Thompson is a 1996 graduate of Southmont High School and 2000 graduate of Wabash College. He was hired by North Montgomery just out of college.

"As soon as I was hired I started coaching," said Thompson in an interview Friday evening. "Jake Gilbert and Charley German are the guys I've worked for in terms of football. Ever since I've been here it's been a good experience. The administration has always been very supportive of athletics and they've given us the resources to be successful."

Thompson said that he plans to continue coaching track and field. He took over the track and field program following the retirement of Ed Stuffle last summer.

The remainder of the current football staff is expected to return, according to the press release. Thompson said that some of the key figures on that staff include: Ken Hampton, Offensive Coordinator; Pete Osterman, Special Teams and Maurice Swain, Wide Receivers / Defensive backs.