Great Bend High School has officially hired a new head football coach.
Tony Crough, the Panthers’ defensive coordinator has been hired to pick up the mantle left behind by Bo Black.
Crough was the right fit, according to GBHS Athletic Director David Meter.
“He’s been around for years, so he knows what it’s all about,” Meter said. “But he hasn’t been around for too long, so he wasn’t part of the old group in that he’s got some different ideas.”
He’s known by the players.
“The kids like him,” Meter said. “The coaches like him, too.”
Crough was chosen out of numerous applicants during a process that took just shy of a month and a half.
“We had close to 50 applications,” Meter said. “We interviewed five. It was quite a process trying to get the right person.”
Crough was introduced by Great Bend as the new head coach to the players on Tuesday.
Before coming to Great Bend, Crough was the defensive coordinator at The Oakridge School in Arlington, Texas, for six years.
Crough went to Garden City High School and played football at Fort Hays State University in 1999-2003.