MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Six schools in Mobile County will have new coaches this coming season. One of them – Citronelle. former Spanish Fort coach Barry Gibson, will be a wildcat this fall.
"Just start off by saying I'm glad to be back in this area. I was here years ago, and I'm just glad to be back. What people can expect, I'm a little bit old school coach so we're going to be very disciplined we're going to get after people and do things the right way. On and off the field. I think we've cerrated a new excitement in Citronelle. And one thing I want to do is create an identity, I think a lot of times people look at Citronelle and they just think it's not relevant, just some school up highway 95 … above Mobile, and I don't think people think about us very much, so what I like to do is be the football team that people do talk about us," said Gibson.
"Last year, I was just getting to know coach gardner good, with Coach Gibson, I got to know him a lot quicker, it was so much easier to talk to him, so I think that plays a big part of it," said quarterback Triston Patrick.
Gibson said Sitronelle is going to be more hard-nosed and aggressive than every before.
Another school with a new man in charge – Satsuma. Coach Scott Rials taking over the reins there – he said he quickly implemented his new offseason plan.
"When I got there, it was 6 am .. most all the kids came and showed up and worked hard. Worked out 24 days … 2 days a week for 6 weeks, had an outstanding spring, it helped propel us to the summer … our summer workouts have been attended great."
"It's a lot better than last year, come in and put us to work. Last year we had a late start, but he's got us working out."
Over to Saraland --- head coach Jeff Kelly said the team returns nine starters on offense and ten on defense – therefore, it's time to take the program to the next level.
"We're excited to get going. I feel really good about where we are this moment. In the three years I've been here at Saraland, I don't think there's any doubt this is the best group we've had in terms of working hard, the entire off season, spring training was extremely productive, got a ton of things done there," said Kelly.
Quarterback Jay Ward and the Spartans have their sights set on going deeper into playoffs this fall.
"The goal is, I think we've gotten better as a team since we've grown up together playing three year now as a starter. It's definitely a goal to past the first round this year and get a deep push in the playoffs," said Ward.
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