Two area football programs have new leadership in 2019.
The Rush Springs Redskins and Dibble Demons each have new head coaches. Rush Springs hired Mason Anthony to lead the program, and Dibble hired Richard Norman.
Both teams compete in District A-4. The magazine VYPE placed Dibble third in the district rankings in its Pigskin Preview and placed Rush Springs fifth.
Anthony takes over for Tim Beard, who spent several years leading the Rush Springs program in different stints. Anthony will look to lead the Redskins back to the postseason after a 5-5 season in 2018.
Before missing the playoffs in 2018, Rush Springs had advanced to the playoffs five seasons in a row.
The Redskins last won a state championship in 1998 and have made a few runs in the playoffs since then.
According to his interview with VYPE, Anthony is ready to add to the program's tradition.
“Taking over the program at Rush Springs is not something I take lightly. This is a program with a rich tradition that we will continue to build on,” Anthony told VYPE.
As for Norman, he takes over for Greg Nation. Nation coached the Demons last season and managed to lead Dibble to the playoffs.
The Demons advanced to the playoffs after finishing fourth in District A-4. Dibble ended the season with a record of 3-8 in its first season in Class A after moving down from 2A.
Dibble has advanced to the playoffs the past two seasons.