Former assistant Jason McCoy has been named the new head varsity football coach at Johansen High School.
McCoy becomes the school's third football coach and first Johansen High graduate -- he was a member of the class of 1997 -- to take the helm.
"The kids are pumped up, and so am I," said McCoy, 29. "I'm extremely excited."
McCoy, a teacher at Johansen, was the assistant head coach last season.
"He has all the makings of an outstanding football coach," athletic director Jim Davis said.
McCoy replaces Marcus Whitten, who stepped down after three seasons. McCoy worked under Whitten and played under Johansen's first coach, Todd Sevick.
"Marcus has been invaluable," McCoy said. "He helped groom me for this job."
At the moment, McCoy doesn't know if too many changes are in the works when it comes to his team's style.
"We're definitely going to want to run the ball," he said. "Our team is going to compete. We're going to give our best effort for every game."
McCoy's promotion makes for an interesting matchup when the Vikings take on Enochs -- and Sevick -- next season.
"Coach Sevick taught me so much, about character and who I am as much as football," McCoy said. "It will be interesting."
There's no denying McCoy's excitement to coach his alma mater.
"It's a blessing to be here," he said. "This is exactly what I wanted to do, and now I'm doing it."